It is with deep sadness that I report the death of William Pepe, who has been a contributing writer to Barr’s Post Card News & Ephemera for the past several years.

We hadn’t heard from Mr. Pepe in some weeks, and when I searched his name on the Internet, an obituary was listed. Below is the obituary found at

“William John Pepe Sr., age 84, of Weymouth passed away December 29, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in the West End of Boston then moved to Weymouth in 1943. He graduated from Weymouth High School in 1953 prior to receiving his bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State College and a master’s degree from Suffolk University.

Bill married his beloved wife of 58 years, Elaine, in 1961 and they started a family together. Bill taught driver’s education and then math at Quincy Schools for a total of 20 years. After retirement he was self-employed as a tax preparer, which he had a total of 50 years of experience. Most recently Bill enjoyed writing both family and local history books. He was a member of various writer’s clubs and enjoyed collecting historical postcards and family genealogy.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife Elaine Pepe (Tucker) of Weymouth, his loving children Cynthia Orcutt and her husband Douglas of AL, William Pepe Jr. and his wife Patricia of Avon, David Pepe and his wife Joanna of Kingston, Sandra Mundt and her husband Daniel of AZ, and Franklin Pepe and his wife Pamela of Weymouth. Bill is also survived by his 21 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and sister Elizabeth Emde of Weymouth.”

All of us at Barr’s wish to express our sincerest condolences to William Pepe’s family. We will miss his interesting stories, many of which focused on the New England area, as well as his travels throughout the country.

As mentioned in another article in this issue, we are suspending publication until the immediate crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic subsides. We will return when the danger has passed and will be bringing our readers a host of more stories and listings of postcard and paper shows from all across the U.S. Stay safe and stay well.