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Walter Miles Shephard

June 3, 1928 January 21, 2016
Walter Miles Shephard
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Obituary for Walter Miles Shephard

Mr. Walter Miles Shephard, beloved husband for 63 years of Virginia Masten Shephard, passed away on January 21, 2016. He is survived by his daughter Susan Shephard Fornaro and her husband Nicholas of Easton, MA; son Richard Miles Shephard and his wife Linda Devore Shephard of Albuquerque, NM; his daughter Barbara A. Shephard and her husband Ivan D. Frantz III of Hingham, MA, his sister Dorothy Moran of Ansonia, CT and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sisters Arlene Shephard and Grace Falco and brother Clarence. He is also survived by grandchildren Alex Fornaro, Brittany Shephard Baca, Emily Hall Shephard, Ivan D. Frantz IV and Leland Miles Frantz; great-grandchildren Noah and Austin Baca.

Walter was born in 1928 and raised in the south end of Bridgeport, CT, attended Sacred Heart School, Bassick High School, and University of Bridgeport. He started his 44 year career at Sikorsky Aircraft in 1948, served and retired from the Connecticut National Guard and moved to Stratford, CT in 1952. During his career at Sikorsky Aircraft he was assigned to a Program Management Team located in Germany where he moved his family for three years. He returned to Sikorsky in Stratford where he progressed to higher management positions. Walter retired as Director of Operations-Spares in 1991, responsible for processing customer orders and delivery to US Military and customers worldwide.

Walter was a gregarious, generous man who endeared himself to all who came to know him. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family in social gatherings. He was unbeatable in pinochle which he taught his children and grandchildren. He was well-known for his meticulous grooming of his yard and especially his cars. He loved music and was active in singing groups throughout the area including Our Lady of Grace church choir, St. Mark's church choir and St. Mark's Players as well as United Chorale. As a young man he was a musician in local dance bands. Walter and Ginny loved traveling which they were able to do extensively after his retirement, visiting 6 continents. Walter was a sports enthusiast and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. Recently his loyalty drifted to the New England Patriots.

In 2010, Walter and Virginia relocated to the Boston area to live closer to their daughters. During these past months of illness, Walter inspired all by his spirit and energy driven by his desire to stay with his family as long as he could. Though he will be sorely missed, his comfort and rest in heaven is well deserved.

Friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St, Stratford and at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Mark's Church for a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Saint Michael's Cemetery, Stratford. Friends may visit with the family Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.

For additional information or to share a message of condolence, visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

25

Jan

3:00 PM 1/25/2016 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/25/2016 7:00:00 PM
William R. McDonald Funeral Home

2591 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

William R. McDonald Funeral Home
2591 Main Street Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Service

Tuesday

26

Jan

9:00 AM 1/26/2016 9:00:00 AM
William R. McDonald Funeral Home

2591 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

William R. McDonald Funeral Home
2591 Main Street Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday

26

Jan

10:00 AM 1/26/2016 10:00:00 AM
Saint Mark Church,

500 Wigwam Lane
Stratford, CT 06614

Saint Mark Church,
500 Wigwam Lane Stratford 06614 CT
United States

Interment

Tuesday

26

Jan

11:15 AM 1/26/2016 11:15:00 AM
Saint Michael Cemetery

2205 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615

Saint Michael Cemetery
2205 Stratford Avenue Stratford 06615 CT
United States
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