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Albert Shepard


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Albert R. Shepard

1920 - 2015 NORTH ADAMS Albert Shepard, known to all who loved him as Shep, and the devoted husband of Ida Shepard, passed away in his sleep on Sunday, November 15th, 2015, five days short of his 95th birthday and just a little over a year after the passing of his wife, in his home, with his son, John nearby. Shep was born in Bridgeport, CT, on November 20th, 1920, the son of Elmer Shepard and Anna Giovanna Shepard, and attended Roger Ludlowe High School before joining the Army Air Corps in July of 1942. He served with distinction with the 14th Air Force and the 341st Bomb Group in India and Burma as a dorsal turret gunner in a B-25 flying ground attack missions and then in China in C-47's flying much-needed supplies over the Himalayas, a service so dangerous it won him a Bronze Star. He reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before being reassigned to the Intelligence Division, and contracted malaria and recovered and was discharged in January of 1946. He began his employment at Sikorsky Aircraft that same year as a cost accountant and was promoted in 1959 to supervisor of the order department and then in 1969 to Chief of Administration, and in 1978 to Chief of Administration at Norden, a subsidiary, as well. He retired in 1987. After they were married in 1949, Shep and Ida lived as residents of Lordship, CT for 43 years until they moved to North Adams, MA, and for over 30 years they spent their winters at the Cypress Club Condominiums in Pompano Beach, FL, where they were active and celebrated members of that community. Having enjoyed a retirement of nearly 28 years, Shep was a fiercely loving and dedicated father and grandfather. He claimed to wish to avoid all socializing but unfailingly became the life of whatever party or gathering he attended. He loved dogs and a good drink, had the best sense of humor most people have ever encountered, and was unfailingly generous with his time and his money, and happy to lend a helping hand to family, friends, and acquaintances. His family was always his central concern, and his family adored him for his kindness and compassion. Survivors include his two sons, John Shepard of North Adams and Jim Shepard of Williamstown, his grandchildren, Aidan, Emmett and Lucy, his brothers-in-law Mario and Guido Picarazzi and their wives Rose and Jean Picarazzi, his sisters-in-law Virginia Gesh and Sylvia Chandler and her husband Peter Chandler, and many nieces, nephews and friends. His memorial service will take place at Our Lady of Peace Church in Lordship on Monday, December 21st, at 10 am, and he will be interred in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In lieu of condolence gifts, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 19, 2015
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