Charles L. ‘Carl’ Sheppard Jr., 99, of Lewisburg and a former long time resident of the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia,passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013, at Evangelical Community Hospital. He was born January 22, 1914 in Philadelphia, a son of the late Charles L. Sr. and Marguerite (Cartwright) Sheppard. On July 20, 1957 he married the former, Eleanor Walker Ross, who preceded him in death Sept. 12, 2010. Together they celebrated 53 years of devoted marriage. Carl was a 1932 graduate of Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia where he was the oldest surviving member of the Alumni Association. After graduation he worked as an architectural draftsman. During World War II he worked for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia on defense projects. Following the war he went on to work for Biddle Instruments first in Philadelphia and then in Norristown. In 1989 he retired as their Chief Electrical Designer. Carl was an avid photographer all of his life. His photographs document all the things he loved: family, boating, architecture, automobiles, Maine and Philadelphia. Carl loved spending summers in Maine and often could be heard to say that it was his favorite place on earth. He loved music, literature and art and took great pleasure in his grandchildren’s activities, interests and accomplishments. Carl also came to love his adopted home here in the Susquehanna Valley almost as much as his Philadelphia roots. All who knew him will remember him as a gentleman. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Estee Sheppard, of Winfield; two grandchildren, Ethan and Eva Sheppard, both of Winfield; a younger brother of 98 years, Winston C. Sheppard and his wife, Olive, of Gwynedd; two nieces, Sally Sheppard, of Ambler and Mary-Helen Boothby, of Chestnut Hill; and two nephews, Charles “Chip” Sheppard, II, of Plymouth Meeting and W. Cartwright Sheppard Jr, of Newport Beach, California. A funeral service was held August 16th at the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, S. Second and St. Louis Streets, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Ann Keeler Evans, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley, officiating. Burial was in The Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Winfield. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped , 4724 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa 15213. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.
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