Shepard Zane Kaplan born May 7, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York passed away Saturday at home surrounded by his loving family; his wife of 35 years Mary Ann, son Zachary and Zachary’s fiancé Andrea Pezzi. He is preceded in death by his parents Reuben and Ruth Kaplan. Shep was proud to have retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Hull Tech after 21 years and continued working with the navy as a government contractor until disability forced retirement in September 2013. As a young man he played college football for Syracuse University and the Navy.. He was a dynamic personality; a one in a million. His strength and drive to live made him a force of nature. He loved his home and family with all his heart and he was adored. Shep was an avid New York Yankees fan and prior to his disability was an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. His passing has left us with very heavy hearts.