Paul A. Shepard 64, formerly of Acton passed away in San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America on January 30, 2012. He is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Marta, their daughter Suzana, who will receive a MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in May and by their son Charles, a student at the Berkley College of Music in Boston. He is also survived by his parents May and Bert Shepard of Acton, three sisters, Suzanne Beale of Bedford, Patricia Follett of Watertown and Bonnie Moretti of Montague, and two brothers, Bruce of Acton, and Richard of Medway and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was born in Ware, Massachusetts on July 30, 1947 while his parents were still living on the Shepard Farm in Warren. He was the first of the ninth generation of the Shepard family to live on the farm and was always very proud of his family heritage. Educated in the Acton Public Schools, he graduated from Acton-Boxboro Regional High School in 1965. He attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and in 1995 he graduated from the International University of the Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica where he majored in English. After living a few years in Canada he lived most of his adult life in Cost Rica. There he taught in several private schools. He had been a teacher and computer specialist at the Country Day School in San Jose for twenty years when he retired as Technology Coordinator in 2006.
Paul will be remembered for his enthusiasm and interest in the world around him. He made a study of local fireworks producers in Central America and spent time in Guatemala using his computer skills to help U.S. Peace Corps. Workers improve lives there. He was devoted to his family and very proud of their achievements. He was a ardent sports enthusiast and in spite of his long absence from New England remained a Boston Red Sox fan. He never missed an opportunity to attend a game at Fenway Park when he was in the area during baseball season. When he was a member of Acton's Troop 1, Boy Scouts of America in the late 1950's the troop pioneered in the retracing of the Minuteman Trail to the North Bridge at Concord. He was always very proud of that activity and for several years he told the story of the beginning of the American Revolutionary War to successive classes in the schools where he taught in Costa Rica
A Funeral Mass was said in San Jose after his death and a Memorial Service will be held at the Shepherd Farm in Warren, MA in September