Shelley Broven

Shelley BrovenMy dear wife Shelley passed on Oct. 5, 2013, after an incredibly brave fight against breast cancer and last November’s stroke.

Shelley Broven, of East Setauket, died on Oct. 5 at the age of 66 after an incredibly brave fight against breast cancer. She was born on Nov. 6, 1946, in New York City, the only child of Clark and Aleece Galehouse.

Raised in Cold Spring Harbor in the grounds of the laboratory, where she knew many of the renowned scientists, she was educated at West Side School, Friends Academy, Bradford College, University of Michigan and Penn State in obtaining a master’s degree in art history.
Her father headed Shelley Products, one of the largest independent record pressing plants on the East Coast from the 1950s through the early 1980s. The Huntington Station-based business operated the Golden Crest and Shelley record labels, with Golden Crest enjoying national hit records. That Clark adored his daughter is evident in the names of his corporations.

In Manhattan in the 1970s, Shelley organized a businesswomen’s networking newsletter and worked as a paralegal before joining, in the next decade, The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington as director of public relations and working as a reporter for The Smithtown News. Then she launched her Beaux Faux garden statuary business with a shop in Huntington, then Cold Spring Harbor.

After Shelley married Hugh King, an import businessman and former Rhodes Scholar, they settled in East Northport before moving back to the Cold Spring Harbor family home. When Hugh died in 1995, Shelley married Englishman John Broven, music history author, retired bank manager and currently with Times Beacon Record Newspapers editorial office. Together they have managed to revive her father’s music business, CFG Publishing Co., including Golden Crest Records; a story appeared in a recent issue of the Long Island History Journal.

Following the couple’s move to East Setauket in 1997, Shelley was active with the Three Village Historical Society where she won volunteer of the year award with John in 2010, The Civic Association of the Setaukets and Stony Brook, Three Village Community Trust and the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council.

Shelley is survived by husband John, sister-in-law Barbara (Phil) Satchell, Hugh’s children, many friends and beloved English springer spaniel, Jay Jay.

Thanks are due to the doctors and nursing staff who treated Shelley throughout her illness, including at Mather, St. Charles and Stony Brook University hospitals and Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation. Donations may be made to her final carers: Good Shepherd Hospice, 245 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747. A celebration of life event will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bryant Funeral Home of Setauket. Please visit to sign the online guestbook.