Wednesday, September 22, 2021


Robert Griswold Shepard


Robert Griswold Shepard of Guilford passed away on June 11 at Yale New Haven Hospital with family at his side. Robert “Bob” was born Oct. 2, 1942, to William Shepard and Annie Elizabeth Griswold Shepard.

He leaves his wife of 41 years, Beatrice Smith Shepard; five sons from his first marriage, Stephen (Christina) of Sunnyvale, California, Mark (Antonina) of Buffalo, New York, Scott (Berit) of Berlin, Germany, Jeffrey (Tracy) of Scituate, Massachusetts, and Craig of Brooklyn, New York; and stepchildren Gregory Ambrose (Annie) of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and Beth Ambrose Meglin of Killingworth. He also leaves his sister Elaine Mauro of Old Saybrook; grandchildren David, Noah, Lily, Sadie, and Rosaria; step-grandchildren Joe Ambrose, Rebecca Ambrose, and Ross Meglin; a niece, Deborah Mauro Vicente; nephew William Mauro; and many cousins and friends.

Bob was raised in Guilford, where he owned and operated Griswold’s Department Store, a family business that started as The People’s Cash Store in 1883. After graduating from Providence College in 1964, Bob bought Griswold’s from his father and operated it for many years, expanding it to include The House Next Door. Many Guilford residents have fond memories of buying penny candy and scout uniforms at Griswold’s. Bob closed the business and sold the property in 1981 after big box retail stores became popular. He and Bea followed their dream and bought a motorhome to travel the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. On their return to Guilford, Bob resumed volunteering with GCTV. Bob then started his own business, B&B Video Productions, focusing on educational videos for nonprofit organizations. Ever the creative person, Bob produced the complete video, from writing the script to shooting and editing the project. He won several awards for his work. Bob was recently recognized for being a member of the Rotary Club of Guilford for 53 years. He was proud to be a Rotarian because of the club’s impact on the local community and the world.

Bob enjoyed playing bridge, cooking for friends, having coffee at the dock, and planning picnics with Bea. He was known for his outgoing personality, love for his family, and sense of humor. Family members liked to say that Bob could find something in common with anyone he met, anywhere he went.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 25, at the Guilford Funeral Home on Church Street. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, at United Methodist Church, Branford, followed by a graveside service at St. George Cemetery in Guilford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rotary Club of Guilford, P.O. Box 32, Guilford, CT 06437 or the United Methodist Church, Branford, 811 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405. To share a memory or leave a message of condolences, visit

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