January 21, 1944 ~ February 1, 2022

Born in: Wilmington, NC
Resided in: Bonita Springs, FL

Shepard, James A. of Bonita Springs, FL and Fort Lee, NJ on February 1, 2022. Beloved husband of Theresa Shepard. Loving father of James Gansky and Pia Shepard. Cherished grandfather of Andres, Daniel, Charles, Ariana and Betina. Adored brother of Ronald Shepard, Patricia Shepard and Carol Painter.

James was born in Wilmington NC and moved to NYC with his family when he was four. His family then moved to Smithtown Long Island when he was in high school. After graduation, he joined the Navy and was a weapons specialist on the USS Constellation. He proudly served during the early years of the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. After returning home, his mother and little sister introduced him to his sister’s third grade teacher at Smithtown Elementary School, Theresa Nucci. The rest, as they say, is history.

James and Theresa were married 53 years and led a charmed life filled with family, friends, food, good times and travel. Through these years, James first worked as a union president for the New York Telephone workers; earned a college degree from Long Island University and became an account manager for New York Telephone. He was a member of the American Legion.

After retiring, he and Theresa became snow birds, splitting their time between residences in Bonita Springs, Florida and Fort Lee, NJ. James’ life revolved around his wife, children and grandchildren.

He now returns home to Long Island so we can celebrate his life and put him to rest.

Reposing at the Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787. Visiting Sunday February 6 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass St. Patrick’s RC Church, Smithtown, NY Monday February 7 at 9:45 AM. Interment following at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Huntington, NY.

Donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in his name are encouraged.


Visitation: February 6, 2022 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Second Visitation: February 6, 2022 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Mass: February 7, 2022 9:45 am

St. Patrick's R C Church Smithtown
280 E Main St


St. Patrick Cemetery (Huntington)
45 Huntington Road

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  1. No more a Watch to stand, Old Sailor.
    For you are drifting on an ebbing tide.
    Eight Bells has rung. Dog Watch is done.
    A new Berth waits you on the other side.

    Your Ship is anchored in God’s Harbor.
    And though his sailors are of equal rank,
    there’ll be Shipmates on the deck to greet you.
    And Pipe, as you ascend the Plank.

    Her boilers with full head of steam.
    Cargo stowed and Galley Stored.
    Just waiting to get underway.
    When last Hand comes aboard.

    Look sharp! That Hand is you, Old Sailor.
    And you’ll be sailing out on Heavenly Seas.
    So may the wind be ever at your back.
    Fair weather. And God Speed!

  2. candleThose we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near. May the love the two of you shared continue to radiate in your heart. Please take care of yourself. Love Jon and Beth..Naples FL

  3. candleI will carry the memories of our love and friendship forever in my heart. Your stories were a treasure, your wit, immeasurable! I am grateful for your generosity, all the dinners and visits throughout the years. You will be missed beyond measure. The Lord has called you home, no more pain and suffering. Heaven is dancing with your arrival. Rest in peace dear Uncle Jimmy.

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