James R. Shepherd, age 81 of North Huntingdon, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born march 2, 1939 in Coulter, he was a son of the late Plummer and Estelle (McLaughlin) Shepherd. A member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, after receiving his bachelor's degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, James worked for many years as a history and government teacher for McKeesport Area School District. He was also a member of the CFU Lodge #146 and its Men's Club. James is survived by his wife Janet (Lubinski) Shepherd; his sons James L. (Heather) Shepherd of Nashport, OH and John M. (Laura) Shepherd of Roxbury, NJ; his grandchildren Kimberlyn, Andrew, Hannah, and Sarah; his siblings Raymond (Joanne) Shepherd of North Huntingdon and Carol Haines of Coulter; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Michael Shepherd.
There is no visitation for James. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11 AM in Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Mary's Czestochowa Site. Interment will be private. Arrangements by the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-3454) www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published January 11, 2021.