David John Shearman, 88, of Concord passed away peacefully at his home in the evening on February 15, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Lucia Pepe Shearman, also of Concord, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Troy, Michigan, on August 21, 1924, he was the son of the late John Frank and Vera Maude (Sipperly) Shearman. He attended Rochester High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his actions and injuries sustained during the Battle of the Bulge. He later attended the American Television Institute of Technology in Chicago. He joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1953 and worked there for 40 years, retiring as a staff engineer. While there, he participated in a variety of exercises in support of the U.S. Department of Defense at White Sands Missile Range and Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. He was recognized for his participation in Operation Hardtack, a series of 35 nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean in 1958. Mr. Shearman moved to Concord in 1967 with his family from Newton. He enjoyed astronomy, bowling, and golf but most enjoyed his time with family and friends. Along with his wife, he also is survived by his daughters, Denise Shearman, of Littleton, and Jennifer Shearman, of Newtonville, and his son-in-law, James Melhuish, also of Newtonville; his sisters, Frances Pruett, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Barbara Schultz, of Troy, Michigan, and Carole Jean Lownds, of Lewiston, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Helen Perry, of Troy, Michigan. Funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 20th at 10:30 AM from the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center followed by a funeral Mass in Holy Family Parish, Monument Square, Concord Center at 11:30 AM. Burial will follow the funeral Mass in Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut Street, Newton. Visiting hours at the Dee Funeral Home will be held on Tuesday, February 19th from 4 to 7 PM. Memorial contributions in his name may be sent to the Emerson Hospital c/o Development Office, 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, MA 01742. Arrangements are under the care of Charles W. Dee, Jr. and Susan M. Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance in his guest book, please visit: www.deefuneralhome.com.
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Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service
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Concord, MA 01742
Published in The Concord Journal from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25, 2013