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Rita B. Shepard

STONINGTON—Rita B. Shepard, 87, devoted wife of the late Elmer Shepard, passed away at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Stonington, peacefully on September 15, 2017. She was born in Fall River, N.H., April 18th 1930, the daughter of the late Hector Daudeline and Rose (Le Francois) Daudeline.

Rita is survived by a daughter, Belinda A. Eaton and husband, Ronald of Stonington; a son, Gerald L. Shepard and wife, Nina of Attleboro, Mass.; six grandchildren, Marie, Aaron, Adam, Elizabeth (Eric Smith), Lindsay (Matthew Letounneau), and Caitlyn; three great-grandchildren Colin, Kirsten and Brieanna; two great-great-grandchildren Chelsea and Caylee; special friends Marilyn Hutchinson from childhood and Scott Webber.

Rita was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Shepard; son Ricky H. Shepard; sisters Jeanette Gross and Dolores Morey Morse; brothers Armond, Gerard and Marcel Daudeline.

A special thank you for her sweet caregivers Martha Rhodes, Helen Eaton, Marjorie Davis, Donna Williams and Beacon Hospice. You all made it possible for me to keep my mom at home with us and let her have the ending she wanted.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Stonington with a reception to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home.

William Tower Peake


William Tower Peake, 87, died September 11, 2017 at his residence at Parker Ridge in Blue Hill. He was the father of Andrew Peake of Penobscot, Maine, and Geoffrey Peake of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the father-in-law of Janet Baumann (Daksha) of Penobscot, and brother of Mary Peake Barnett of Wheaton, Illinois. He was delighted to have five grandchildren: Mitchell Peake of Cincinnati, Caroline Peake of San Francisco, California, Emily Peake of Northampton, Massachusetts, Phineas Peake of Penobscot, and Alida Peake of Penobscot.

Bill Peake was born in Oak Park, Illinois, November 26, 1929. In high school he excelled at mathematics, and at the suggestion of a teacher, he broke with the family tradition of attending Oberlin College, and instead went to MIT in Cambridge, Mass.

He received a Bachelor of Science in 1951, a Master of Science in 1953, and a Doctor of Science in 1960 all from MIT in electrical engineering.

When he started graduate school at MIT, he was asked if he wanted to be a teaching assistant or a research assistant. He didn’t know how to answer, so he randomly said, “Teaching,” and that made a big difference in the rest of his life. He became an excellent teacher, enhancing the lives of many students during his 40 years of teaching at MIT. Bill also did research in speech and hearing at the Eaton Peabody Laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

He married Helen Carr of Cambridge, Mass., in 1952. They were together for almost 50 years until her death in 2002.

In 1954 and 1955, Bill and Helen lived in Dayton, Ohio, where he was stationed at Wright-Patterson Airforce Base, while he fulfilled his commitment to the ROTC.

Bill and Helen raised their two sons in Newton, Mass., where Bill lived for 45 years. For the last two and a half years he has lived at Parker Ridge Retirement Community in Blue Hill, Maine. Everywhere, he impressed people with his sharp wit and perpetual good humor.