Harry P. Sheppard

Harry P. Sheppard, 78, passed away after a long illness on March 25, 2011, at Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., surrounded by loved ones. He had left many behind, most of all his loving wife of 56 years, Veronica (Ronnie).

Harry is survived by his four children: Theresa VanEtten (married to Raymond), Patrick, Maureen Turner (married to John) and Michael (married to Stacy). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Shannon and Erin VanEtten; Jason, Veronica and Katherine Sheppard; and Sarah, Parker and Jack Sheppard; and his great-grandchildren: Leyla VanEtten and Ashton, Caden and Donovan Sheppard.

Harry was a proud member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, with which he served three years. Upon returning to New York, he met Ronnie, the love of his life, and started a family. For over 35 years, Harry worked for the New York Telephone Company (AT&T). For the last several years, Harry and his wife were “snowbirds,” sharing their time between Riverhead, N.Y., and St. Petersburg, Fla.

In retirement, Harry enjoyed spending time with his family and cruising with his wife and his close circle of friends in Florida.

Harry will always be remembered for his devotion to his wife and family, for his quick wit and for being a loyal friend to all who knew him.

The family received friends at a memorial service conducted at Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla. Interment will be in May 2011 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cutchogue, N.Y. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Defriest-Grattan Funeral Homes.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Woodside Hospice, 6770 102nd Ave., Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

This is a paid notice.