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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bryant Shepard, 52 years old, born on May 29, 1965, and passed away on September 3, 2017. We will remember him forever.
September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017
25 years ago Bryant and I were on a Boston harbor cruise line dancing. He told me he wanted to show me something at the front of the boat. It was a beautiful summer night and he told me to look up because he wanted me to see how pretty the stars were. It was in then that kissed me for the first time. In that moment my soul found its other half.

Circumstances in our lives kept us apart and though our timing was off it never changed the fact that we were always meant to be. Over the years we remained friends sometimes close, even getting engaged at one point, sometimes distant because life took us in different directions. Yet every time we reconnected it was as if no time had passed, we just fit and understood each other so easily.

In 2012 my brother was nearly burned to death with third degree burns on 85% of his body. While sitting in the burn ICU waiting room I got a text message from an unknown number asking how my brother was. It was Bry, I hadn’t seen him in 10 years.

From that day forward help not he made it his mission to help not only me but my family get through my brother’s accident. He offered to sell tickets for the benefit we were planning for my brother. Between Mart and the fire department, he said he could sell a lot. So we met for coffee and I gave him some tickets. Every couple of days he’d text me to say he needed more tickets. The last time I went to drop of tickets I went to the house he was staying at and when I went inside I noticed a pile of tickets on a table. He’d been giving me his own money, using it as an excuse to see me. Bry was going through a rough time then and he was staying with friends, didn’t have a place of his own or much else, yet he gave me everything he had, because he loved me so much. He was the most unselfish person I have ever known. At that point I finally realized why it never worked out with anyone else for either of us and when the timing was right, it was only fitting that my brother was his best man.

Bry showed me how to live and love way you’re supposed to. He helped me to learn to trust again, something I hadn’t been able to do in quite long time. He proved unwavering unconditional love exists. I was always his number one priority. Many people have said he became a better man because of me. I think we just brought out the best in each other. Because of him I always wanted to be the best “me” that I could be.

He became a father to my children who at the time were struggling in life. He loved them as his own unconditionally, believed in them, encouraged them and changed the course of their lives for the better, because Bry had a way of making you want to be a better person.

He had a truly beautiful soul, always smiling and quick with a corny joke. I’m going to miss his silly Forrest Gump impersonations, especially the when he would say “I Love You Jenny” I’ll miss him singing to me in the car or serenading me at Karaoke. I never got tired of hearing him sing.

I’ll miss line dancing, NASACAR races, camping in Maine, Sunday adventures with my mom and dad, holidays and BBQs at our house. Bry always loved a party because he just loved to spend time with his friends and family. But mostly I’m going to miss the little things. He made life fun. The fact that he always held my hand even if we were just sitting at home watching TV. He always doors for me. When we were going to Boston for his treatments I was struck by how few people actually do this anymore.
Bry would hold the door for anyone, no matter how sick he was. He made my coffee in the morning and this week I learned how to put gas in my own jeep. I’d never had to do it before now and I managed to pop the hood open before finding the correct button for the gas door.

I’ll miss his smile and that twinkle in his eye when he looked at me. Whenever Id says his name he always responded “yes baby”. At night he’d hug me tightly, the entire night, every night for the last 5 years. I think that is the hardest thing right now. I never felt more secure in my life than when I was with Bry. We didn’t have to do anything to have fun; we simply enjoyed each other’s company. Most people search their whole lives and never find what Bry and I had. We shared more love and happiness in the past 5 years than we had in our whole prior life. I am blessed to be his wife. Our story doesn’t have an end and when the time is right him and I will reconnect again.

He loved the fire department and being a firefighter. It was the only thing that came close to his love for his family. To live with Bry was to live with a scanner, follow the flashing lights and sirens, and I swear the man could smell smoke 10 miles away. He dedicated 32 years of his life to various departments as a volunteer and he would have gladly given more had his body let him.

To his daughter Dawn: He was so proud of you for going to school and chasing your dream. He never doubted you. He was and will remain your biggest cheerleader.

To Elizabeth: You gave him a grandson he adored. We loved when you’d stop by on Sundays to visit. Willie always had a messy face because Grampa had to feed him chocolate.

To Drew: You are the spitting image of him. You remind me so much of him when he was younger. He was excited about your wedding, Jessica is one lucky girl. Don’t worry about making him proud, you already have.

To Becca: I remember when Bry and I first got back together he couldn’t wait for me to meet you. You always made him laugh, let’s keep laughing together and think of him.

To PJ: I know how much Bry changed your life and how much you loved him and its scary to be without him but know this, these last 4 months you helped him so much. You really stepped up to the plate and made him proud. Take comfort in knowing you’ve turned out a lot like him.

To Suzy: Bry loved you since you were little you know that and he really did wish he could have been there the whole time. He was so glad when Cody “his son in law” came into your life because he didn’t have to worry about you so much. Cody you remind me a lot of Bry and that’s quite a compliment.

To Bruce: I know what Bry asked of you and while you have big shoes to fill, you’re his blood, raised the same way. You will do just fine.

These past 4 months we have all spent more time together. I’m glad we had that time with him. We are all one big blended family because of him.

I’ve always believed people cross our paths for a reason. I always thought Bry came back into my life because I needed him but now I think at times it was because he needed me.

I don’t know how we go on without him for the rest of our lives. I only know he would not want us to fall apart. He’d want us to live a good life and honor him. People keep telling me I am so strong and if I am it is only because of him. I find comfort in all the good memories we shared and how happy he made me. Nothing not even cancer can take that away from me or you. Looking at all these pictures reminds us how full his life was, how full of live HE was. He will live on in our hearts forever because let’s face it there is no forgetting Bry. He is still here.

So take a lesson from Bry:

Be kind, Smile Hold doors for people
Make time for each other
Love each other “the right way”
Don’t worry what you look like, take the picture, make the memories
Because tomorrow isn’t promised.

And when you see a Mart bus or a firetruck, think of Bry and smile
When you hear one of his favorite songs on the radio, sing and remember his voice.

Thank you all for your love and support over these last 4 months and especially this last week. Bry aways said we had the best friends and family and he was right.

To my honey… You were the best husband you could have been. I will love you forever. Until I see you again Rest in Peace!
September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017
Bryant will be missed driver the Mart bus,he was the kindest bus driver that Mart had,he will be missed
September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss Have not seen him in over 30 years RIP
September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017
Bryant was such a funny, warm, nice guy! He lived and loved with his whole heart and sole. He will be greatly missed by everyone he touched!

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September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017
25 years ago Bryant and I were on a Boston harbor cruise line dancing. He told me he wanted to show me something at the front of the boat. It was a beautiful summer night and he told me to look up because he wanted me to see how pretty the stars were. It was in then that kissed me for the first time. In that moment my soul found its other half.

Circumstances in our lives kept us apart and though our timing was off it never changed the fact that we were always meant to be. Over the years we remained friends sometimes close, even getting engaged at one point, sometimes distant because life took us in different directions. Yet every time we reconnected it was as if no time had passed, we just fit and understood each other so easily.

In 2012 my brother was nearly burned to death with third degree burns on 85% of his body. While sitting in the burn ICU waiting room I got a text message from an unknown number asking how my brother was. It was Bry, I hadn’t seen him in 10 years.

From that day forward help not he made it his mission to help not only me but my family get through my brother’s accident. He offered to sell tickets for the benefit we were planning for my brother. Between Mart and the fire department, he said he could sell a lot. So we met for coffee and I gave him some tickets. Every couple of days he’d text me to say he needed more tickets. The last time I went to drop of tickets I went to the house he was staying at and when I went inside I noticed a pile of tickets on a table. He’d been giving me his own money, using it as an excuse to see me. Bry was going through a rough time then and he was staying with friends, didn’t have a place of his own or much else, yet he gave me everything he had, because he loved me so much. He was the most unselfish person I have ever known. At that point I finally realized why it never worked out with anyone else for either of us and when the timing was right, it was only fitting that my brother was his best man.

Bry showed me how to live and love way you’re supposed to. He helped me to learn to trust again, something I hadn’t been able to do in quite long time. He proved unwavering unconditional love exists. I was always his number one priority. Many people have said he became a better man because of me. I think we just brought out the best in each other. Because of him I always wanted to be the best “me” that I could be.

He became a father to my children who at the time were struggling in life. He loved them as his own unconditionally, believed in them, encouraged them and changed the course of their lives for the better, because Bry had a way of making you want to be a better person.

He had a truly beautiful soul, always smiling and quick with a corny joke. I’m going to miss his silly Forrest Gump impersonations, especially the when he would say “I Love You Jenny” I’ll miss him singing to me in the car or serenading me at Karaoke. I never got tired of hearing him sing.

I’ll miss line dancing, NASACAR races, camping in Maine, Sunday adventures with my mom and dad, holidays and BBQs at our house. Bry always loved a party because he just loved to spend time with his friends and family. But mostly I’m going to miss the little things. He made life fun. The fact that he always held my hand even if we were just sitting at home watching TV. He always doors for me. When we were going to Boston for his treatments I was struck by how few people actually do this anymore.
Bry would hold the door for anyone, no matter how sick he was. He made my coffee in the morning and this week I learned how to put gas in my own jeep. I’d never had to do it before now and I managed to pop the hood open before finding the correct button for the gas door.

I’ll miss his smile and that twinkle in his eye when he looked at me. Whenever Id says his name he always responded “yes baby”. At night he’d hug me tightly, the entire night, every night for the last 5 years. I think that is the hardest thing right now. I never felt more secure in my life than when I was with Bry. We didn’t have to do anything to have fun; we simply enjoyed each other’s company. Most people search their whole lives and never find what Bry and I had. We shared more love and happiness in the past 5 years than we had in our whole prior life. I am blessed to be his wife. Our story doesn’t have an end and when the time is right him and I will reconnect again.

He loved the fire department and being a firefighter. It was the only thing that came close to his love for his family. To live with Bry was to live with a scanner, follow the flashing lights and sirens, and I swear the man could smell smoke 10 miles away. He dedicated 32 years of his life to various departments as a volunteer and he would have gladly given more had his body let him.

To his daughter Dawn: He was so proud of you for going to school and chasing your dream. He never doubted you. He was and will remain your biggest cheerleader.

To Elizabeth: You gave him a grandson he adored. We loved when you’d stop by on Sundays to visit. Willie always had a messy face because Grampa had to feed him chocolate.

To Drew: You are the spitting image of him. You remind me so much of him when he was younger. He was excited about your wedding, Jessica is one lucky girl. Don’t worry about making him proud, you already have.

To Becca: I remember when Bry and I first got back together he couldn’t wait for me to meet you. You always made him laugh, let’s keep laughing together and think of him.

To PJ: I know how much Bry changed your life and how much you loved him and its scary to be without him but know this, these last 4 months you helped him so much. You really stepped up to the plate and made him proud. Take comfort in knowing you’ve turned out a lot like him.

To Suzy: Bry loved you since you were little you know that and he really did wish he could have been there the whole time. He was so glad when Cody “his son in law” came into your life because he didn’t have to worry about you so much. Cody you remind me a lot of Bry and that’s quite a compliment.

To Bruce: I know what Bry asked of you and while you have big shoes to fill, you’re his blood, raised the same way. You will do just fine.

These past 4 months we have all spent more time together. I’m glad we had that time with him. We are all one big blended family because of him.

I’ve always believed people cross our paths for a reason. I always thought Bry came back into my life because I needed him but now I think at times it was because he needed me.

I don’t know how we go on without him for the rest of our lives. I only know he would not want us to fall apart. He’d want us to live a good life and honor him. People keep telling me I am so strong and if I am it is only because of him. I find comfort in all the good memories we shared and how happy he made me. Nothing not even cancer can take that away from me or you. Looking at all these pictures reminds us how full his life was, how full of live HE was. He will live on in our hearts forever because let’s face it there is no forgetting Bry. He is still here.

So take a lesson from Bry:

Be kind, Smile Hold doors for people
Make time for each other
Love each other “the right way”
Don’t worry what you look like, take the picture, make the memories
Because tomorrow isn’t promised.

And when you see a Mart bus or a firetruck, think of Bry and smile
When you hear one of his favorite songs on the radio, sing and remember his voice.

Thank you all for your love and support over these last 4 months and especially this last week. Bry aways said we had the best friends and family and he was right.

To my honey… You were the best husband you could have been. I will love you forever. Until I see you again Rest in Peace!
September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017
Bryant will be missed driver the Mart bus,he was the kindest bus driver that Mart had,he will be missed
September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss Have not seen him in over 30 years RIP
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