Wayne M. Shepard

  • Born: February 8, 1958
  • Died: August 21, 2020
  • Location: Stoughton, Massachusetts

Farley Funeral Home

358 Park Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

Tel. (781) 344-2676

Tribute & Message From The Family

After a brief but courageous fight, while comforted by his loving wife Laura family and dear friends, Wayne lost his life to cancer on August 21, 2020. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Wayne a true Southern gentleman expanded his life and horizons with his 30 year marriage to Laura DeSimone. He came to cherish his Northern home, career, new family and countless friends. His life was filled with travel, adventures, beauty and appreciation of diverse and new places and people. Incredibly talented and creative, Wayne was a passionate gardener either creating and caring for his own or admiring the work of others from Europe to Asia, Africa, Australia and more. His entire career was in retail where he was known for his dedication to the success of his employers and the caring and mentoring of his co-workers.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, James Shepard and Priscilla Wilson and step father Charles Wilson. In addition to his wife, Laura, mourning his loss are his father and mother-in-law, Pasquale and Eleanor DeSimone and brothers-in-law, Robert DeSimone (Dorothy) and Christopher DeSimone (Cheryl). Also mourning his passing are his siblings, Judith Forehand Starkey (James), Sue Novak (John), Carol Natoli, Mildred Nell (Larry), James Shepard (Ceary), Charles Shepard and Garri Shepard. Wayne adored his many nephews and nieces, providing guidance through their lives. They include Michael Forehand (Emily), Kenneth Shepard (Katie), Glen Thorne, Daniel Shepard, David Shepard, Timothy DeSimone (Rachel), Rachael DeSimone, Emily DeSimone and Haley DeSimone.

In light of the current pandemic, there will be no services, however a Celebration of Life will be planned for a date in 2021. If desired, memorial tributes may be made in memory of Wayne Shepard to: Heritage Museum and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA 02563 http://www.heritagemuseums.org/make-a-gift.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Laura. So sad to hear about the loss of Wayne! It was always so much fun to hear about where you and Wayne traveled around the world. I would eagerly look forward to seeing you in the gym upon your return from one of your trips so I could hear about the exotic adventures.

As you know Wayne and I met once at Paramount Cleaners. You know how that went. I felt like I had known Wayne for years because of the amazing stories you shared with me about him. He seemed so kind and so much fun!

My sincere condolences to you and your entire family! May you find comfort, peace and love during this difficult time!

Wayne is surrounded by angels! RIP!❤

Posted by Denise Sylvester - Brockton, MA - Friend   September 03, 2020

We're saddened to hear of Wayne's passing. He was a kind and gentle person.
Laura you are in our thoughts today as you mourn the loss of Wayne.
Pete & Sue Nickerson

Posted by PETER Nickerson - Ocala, FL - friend   September 02, 2020

Laura, My sincere condolences to you and your family. That year seeing you both in Brimfield looking for that unique clock to add to his collection seems like yesterday. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. The forever in your heart.

Posted by Terry DeFilippo - Scituate, MA - Coworker   September 02, 2020

Laura so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rose Pestilli

Posted by Rose Pestilli - Weymouth, MA - coworker   September 01, 2020


Laura - My deepest condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Alethea McFarlane - Stoughton, MA - Coworker   September 01, 2020

Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Beautiful tribute of Wayne’s life.

Posted by Rosanna Musto    September 01, 2020

It is heartbreaking to loose Wayne. He was a great friend to both Jack and I. My heart is heavy for you Laura. Wayne was such a gentleman and we will miss him in many ways. RIP Wayne...

Posted by JoAnne & Jack Horigan - Povasset, MA - Friend   September 01, 2020

Sorry for your loss, my condolences and prayers to the family.
I knew Wayne from when I worked at the bank over 10 years ago.
He was such a kind and sweet gentleman.
His way of looking at life was contagious, and I will never forget it.
He will live on inside each and everyone of us.
Rest in the sweetest peace Wayne, we will never forget you.

Posted by Andreia - Stoughton, MA - Friend   August 25, 2020

I've known Wayne since Jr. High and he was one of the nicest, most genuine, encouraging and supportive people I've ever met. Our last face-to-face conversation was at our 40 year reunion and we talked about life, living it to the fullest and not having any regrets. I lived vicariously through Wayne and Laura's amazing photos of their travels. While his life was much too short, he lived it to the fullest and I'm so thankful for his kindness and friendship. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Until we meet again, my friend.

Posted by Jim Hope - Columbia, SC - classmate   August 24, 2020

Wayne was a true pleasure to work with, a real gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Bill Spitz - Oxford, MA - Coworker   August 24, 2020

My condolences to Wayne's family during this difficult time. I was saddened to hear the news that he had passed away. I worked with Wayne during my time at Staples. He was no doubt one of the most sincere and hardworking managers that I have ever worked with. He was easy to talk to and down to earth. I'm appreciative of his support that he gave me when I had asked him to write references for me when I was in college and for also helping me grow at Staples even if it was just a job that we knew I would be leaving once I graduated. We shared a mutual appreciation of each other even after I left; Wayne was such a world-traveller and his photos were great to see--he inspires me to continue to travel as much as I can. Rest in peace, Wayne.

Posted by Justin Cheng - Cambridge, MA - coworker   August 24, 2020

Oh, Laura ❤ My heart broke when I saw this. It sounds like you had a wonderful life together. Wayne’s smile was always contagious through the Alexandria Bradlees opening and thereafter so many years ago. His corny jokes were what made Wayne Wayne I will forever think of him fondly. I’ve enjoyed your travel and family pictures over the years. May your memories of life together bring unexpected blessings

Posted by A friend   August 24, 2020

I am shocked and saddened to hear about Wayne. While we only met briefly in Spain, I enjoyed meeting you both immensely. You two lived life with such adventure and so much fun! My condolences to you and your entire family at the loss of your wonderful partner and husband.

Posted by Jenn Simmons - Washington, DC - Friend   August 24, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Wayne. We worked together, though in different stores, at Linens’N Things, and he was always down to earth. We kept in touch over the years, and he was always there to provide encouragement and support when I was going through some touch times at other jobs. RIP my friend.

Posted by Rich Gelman - North Easton, MA - friend   August 24, 2020

What a huge loss. I worked with Wayne for several years and remember him as a solid person and wonderful coworker. I will always have pleasant memories of him and even though it has been a while since I’ve seen him in person I had always treasured out time together. Much love to you and your family.

Posted by Angela Indingaro - Weymouth, MA - coworker   August 24, 2020

My heart sank when I saw this. Wayne was such a down to earth, straight forward, caring, genuine interesting and wonderful human being. I always looked forward to picking the two of you up. I will miss his fun stories and great tidbits of advice. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Something I will carry for the rest of my days, seeing the two of you walk through my door when my mom passed to help comfort us 6 months ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. If I can be of help in any way, please reach out. Wayne went to be with the Lord and may he rest in the sweetest peace. (((Hug)))

Posted by Russ Goldstein - Norton, MA - Friend   August 23, 2020

Uncle Wayne was a great Uncle to me and I will alway cherish my memories with him. I love you.

Posted by Scott Head - Woodbridge, VA - family   August 23, 2020

Sorry for your loss...I knew Wayne from Staples and he was my favorite boss cause he was so nice and gave me good advice. You’ll be missed Wayne

Posted by Andrea Smith - Waltham, MA - coworker   August 23, 2020

My condolences to Wayne’s family. Wayne always kept a positive attitude around people and gave good advice to all that worked with him at Staples. He will be missed. RIP Wayne

Posted by James Beckvold - Dedham, MA - coworker   August 23, 2020

Wayne was an awesome person and a great boss this world has lost a wonderful person may he rest in eternal peace. My condolences to his family in this sad and difficult time.......I will definitely miss you .......

Posted by Martha Lapierre - Billerica, MA - coworker   August 23, 2020

My condolences to Laura and the hole family. You may not know me but I know you from the many stories and pictures Wayne would show us at work. Working with Wayne at staples was special because he really pushed me and taught me so much as a boss, coworker and friend. When I lost my mom while working at staples Wayne was right their at the services as a “family member” would do. Me and my husband really adored him and loving gave him the nickname of Uncle Wayne because he really made you feel like family even when he was mad at you for not filling the shelves. Wayne you were a class act and you sure will be missed.

Posted by Colleen Quatromini - Stoughton, MA - coworker   August 23, 2020

It's been a long time. Much to long. We take life for granted. I'm so sorry that I did. We were brother in-laws but I always considered you and your brothers and sisters as my brothers and sisters. I'm just so sorry that I let so much time slip away. You were a good man and a wonderful Uncle to Scott and your other nephews and nieces.
May you rest in peace my brother.

Posted by Kenny Head - Alexandria, VA - Brother   August 23, 2020

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