Martin H. Shepard, 66, lifelong resident of Wells passed away peacefully at his home June 15, 2021 with his loved ones by his side after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.
Martin was born February 27, 1955 in Sanford, Maine, the son of Walter and Irene (Bennett) Shepard. He was a 1973 graduate of Wells High School before beginning his life long career as an electrical engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Marty took great pride in being a member, Past Master, and Secretary of the Ocean Lodge, #142 A.F. & A. M. in Wells over the past 40 years.
Marty married his high school sweetheart in 1975. Together they raised two children and enjoyed every moment they shared. They loved traveling the world together; some of his favorite destinations being some of the various National Parks across the country they visited. He was an avid hunter and gun enthusiast; a huge history buff and also was a master model builder; building models of WWII airplanes, tanks and ships.
Mostly, Marty just loved his family. Time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren was priceless to him. They enjoyed their time at Bauneg Beg Lake and playing games together, like Aggravation, Yahtzee and Pinochle.
Marty had a great love for life and a very big heart. He would do anything for anyone in need. He had a big presence in so many lives and will be sorely missed. He always enjoyed sharing stories and telling jokes to friends and family. No time spent with him was complete without a few of his favorite tunes playing in the background while he sang away, off key of course.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, brother Donald Letendre and son-in-law Seth Bentley. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Debra (Nolette) Shepard of Wells, son, James Shepard and his husband Joshua Hagar of Sanford; daughter, Samantha Bentley of Shapleigh; 3 grandchildren, Tristan and Isabelle Pierce and Olivia Bentley and his loyal companion and furry little friend, his dog Maggie.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, June 17 from 6-8PM with a Masonic Service at 7:30 at the Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick where funeral services will be held Friday at 10am. Interment will follow in Oceanview Cemetery in Wells
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