SHEPARD, John Andrus, 87, died peacefully at homeon March 14, 2013 after a two and a half year battle against lung cancer. He handled his disease with his usual grace and calm and uncomplaining approach to life. He was born in Orange, N.J. on March 2, 1926 the son of Thomas R. and Marie (Dickinson) Shepard. He graduated from Newark Academy in 1944 loving his football and discovering his passion for teaching during summer jobs coaching underprivileged children to swim. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps which he also loved and after V-12 year at Dartmouth College, graduated from Amherst in 1949. Jack taught at Peck School in Morristown, N.J., Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA and married Mary Grindley Shepard in 1957. After 10 years at Eaglebrook he became Headmaster of the Tuxedo Park School where he continued to teach Latin. After 18 years in Tuxedo he became the Headmaster of Saint Mary's Episcopal Day School in Tampa and continued teaching Latin. He was greatly admired as a teacher. He and Mary retired to North Sutton, N.H. in 1993. He was predeceased by a daughter, Louise Bushnell Shepard, in 1987. His immediate survivors are his wife of 55 years, Mary; and his three sons and their wives, John A. Shepard, Jr. and Joan of Niskayuna, N.Y.; Robert Grindley Shepard and Eileen of Milton, MA; Frederick Dickinson Shepard and Susan of South Hamilton, MA; four grandchildren, Michael, Hannah Louise, Nathaniel, and Christopher; a brother and his wife, Thomas R. Shepard and Nancy of Sarasota, FL. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Gould Road, New London, N.H. with military honors conducted by the USMC. Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 2209 or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 294, both New London, NH 03257. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, N.H. is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in TBO.com from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2013