Bernard LePoer Jr.

PETERSHAM — Funeral services with Army honors were held for Bernard “Shaw” LePoer Jr., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, Orange.

Ellen Stowers officiated. Several family members and friends shared remembrances of Shaw. A fellowship was held following the services in the dining room at the Petersham Unitarian Church.

Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, assisted with arrangements.

PETERSHAM — Bernard “Shaw” LePoer Jr., 91, of Petersham, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in the UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus, Worcester.

He was born in Petersham on Oct. 31, 1924, the son of the late Bernard and the late Myrtle (Barnes) Coolidge LePoer.

He grew up in Petersham, attending the Petersham Center School (where he met his wife Annie in first grade) and graduated from Petersham High School. Shaw was a gunner on the “Witchcraft” in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a machinist for many years, working for the L.S. Starrett Company. He was a selectman for the town of Petersham for three years and was a member of the Unitarian Church of Petersham.

He loved cutting wood, music, snowmobiling, gatherings with family and friends, and mystery shows on TV. He also loved watching the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox, and doing crossword puzzles.

He leaves his wife of 70 years, Annie (Mitchell) LePoer; two sons, Scott LePoer and his wife Linda of Princeton, and Shawn LePoer and his wife Julie of Athol; four grandchildren, Sarah LePoer, Annie LePoer, Gavin LePoer and Emily Mallette; three great-grandchildren, Peri E. Miarecki, Jesse Mallette and Tyler Mallette; one brother, John LePoer of Spencer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Kathy Ballou; three brothers, Earl Coolidge, Calvin Coolidge and Roger Coolidge; and four sisters, Grace Barnes, May MacDonnell, Myrtle “Pix” King, and Marion Russell.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m., in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to Relay for Life of Gardner, c/o American Cancer Society, 59 Bobala Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040.

A collation will be held in Petersham following the memorial service.

For more information or to sign the online guest book, visit

Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is directing arrangements.

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