William A. “Bill” Shepard, age 85

of Braintree

William A. “Bill” Shepard, age 85

William A. “Bill” Shepard, age 85, of Braintree, formerly of Gloucester and Arlington, died peacefully, Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Grove Manor Estates in Braintree, in the comfort of his loving family.

William was born in Erie, Pa., to the late Walter and Cora (Wilbur) Shepard. He was raised and educated there. He had lived in Braintree for the past five years, previously in Gloucester for twenty-five years and Arlington for thirty years.

Bill served as a Radioman Second Class in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the U.S.S. Worcester (CL-144). He received the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

Bill was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. After retiring, he worked as a home health aide in Gloucester.

He was a man of faith and enjoyed volunteering. For many years, he was an active parishioner of Saint Eulalia Parish in Winchester, serving as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and director of the altar servers. He assisted in the building of the CCD center and taught CCD as well.

Bill also sang at church services at the Fernald State School in Waltham. Along with his wife, Lucille, he traveled to Africa with the Medical Missionaries of Mary and assisted in the building of a youth center in Ethiopia. Bill also volunteered at the Pine Street Inn.

An entertainer, he loved to sing and play the harmonica. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, actively supporting the activities and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.

Beloved husband for sixty-one years of Lucille M. (Bothello) Shepard.

Devoted father of Stephen M. Shepard and his wife Zulima of Rockport, Denise M. Bambery and her husband Patrick of Braintree, Scott M. Shepard and his wife Laurie of Franklin, N.H., William L. Shepard and his wife Beatris of Colombia, and Mark A. Shepard and his wife Heather of Hooksett, N.H.

Loving grandfather of fifteen and great-grandfather of two.

One of nine siblings, he was the dear brother of Marianne Chipley and Kay Miller, both of Erie, Pa., and was pre-deceased by Walter, Robert “Chick”, Lawrence, David, and Ronald Shepard, and Eileen Bandy.

Bill is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, Memorial Services will take place at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Medical Missionaries of Mary, 4425 W 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629.


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  • Very sorry for your loss.

  • R.I.P. Wild Bill 🙏

  • He will truly be missed by me and so many others who loved him. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Many years ago, I moved into a small enchanting attic apartment in Arlington. I told Lucille, his wife, I need the ceiling in the living room painted as I had never painted a ceiling. Well,that night came by and not only painted ceiling but explained to me what paint to use and how to do it! What a great teacher he was along with always willing to lend a helping hand. I will miss him. Love, kooch

  • I told you I’d always be by your side.
    I love you. Always. ❤️

  • You have always played such a special role in our lives and we will miss you deeply. Though our hearts are breaking, we rejoice in knowing you are in your forever home reunited with so many that love you. Our prayers remain with Aunt Lucille and each member of your family…we love them all. Heaven is dancing at your arrival…you beat us to the party!

  • Dad, I am proud to be a son of such a great man. I love you and I will always miss you. Everytime I play the harmonica I will think of you.

  • Art and Lu both radiated love and grace. Art gave the best hugs ever. Many years ago I’d run into Art on his job and his warm greeting would be a highlight of my day. Art and Lu were long time dear friends to my parents, John and Eileen, along with other special St. Eulalians. Dear Lu and Denise and all the family, we send love and heartfelt condolences. Peace

  • So sorry for your loss, sending our condolences to your family . Along with dark days comes brighter days. Sean and Donna McCarthy and family.

  • It was a joy to know you, Art. You have left this world a better place by being the good and loving person that you always were. I had the privilege to call you friend.May you rest in eternal peace.

  • Sorry for your loss Denise and family. Rest peacefully Mr. Shephard.

  • Thinking of you all with love.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • Bill you will be missed dearly we always enjoyed your passion for life and your true Love for Lucille
    Rest In Peace Dear Friend

  • So sorry Scoot, Laurie Kaley, Christian and Cameron.

  • RIP in the Glory of the Light of God. Your Soul lives on there, “Big Shep.” My heart goes out to those left here on Earth with the memory of you.

  • Sorry for loss

  • RIP Art. You had 14 Grandchildren 2 of which I wish you got to know. You made a beautiful family who loved you so much!

  • I have many wonderful memories of Art over the years. As a Medical Missionary of Mary it was my joy to know Art and his lovely wife Lucille very well. What a great couple, I marveled about all they were involved in, the local parish and many charitable activities. It has been a privilege knowing two of the best people our loving God put on this earth. Rest in peace Art, and thinking of you and praying for you Lucille. With my love and prayers, Cheryl

  • Dad, as you are in God’s hands so is mom.
    Her Altzeimers has kept her in a peaceful state about your passing. I imagine she’s noticed your absence but is guided by her faith in knowing you will be reunited one day.
    You are missed and deeply loved by mom & your family.
    Rest easy dad until we meet again.❤️

  • Saddened to hear of Bill’s passing but Comforted in knowing his Faithful Life will lead him to Heaven! A great friend to my Parents. Condolences to his Family!

  • Thank you for being my Dad ♡
    I love you

  • Rest in peace Mr Shepard. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • I have fond memories of Art at the Fernald State School in Waltham, with Joe DeMartino and the entire Arlington contingent. When I lost my best friend, my Mom, Dorothy Wellcome, at the age of 81, on August 15th, 2010, I wrote “Grief, is the remembrance of love, that began with a smile, grew with a kiss, and ended with wonderful memories & tears.” In fact, when I re-married in 2013, I took my Mom’s maiden name as my surname in honor of her and my maternal grandparents who raised me and my eight siblings. Warmest personal regards to the Shepard family, Christopher (Chris Lewis) Wellcome [Telephone (978) 526-9000]