Robert SHEPPARD

SHEPPARD – Robert Alfred November 4, 1920 – June 29, 2008 With sadness we announce that Robert A. Sheppard passed away at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary at the age of 87 years. Bob was born in Edmonton, Alberta and spent most of his early years in Jasper, AB and Whiterock, B.C. He proudly served in the Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1945 and while stationed in Halifax he met his wife of 53 years, Helen Marie Fraser. At the conclusion of the war, Bob joined the team at Narod Construction in Vancouver and for over 30 years was involved in the building of many major projects in B.C. Those were exciting years for Bob and his family, he was well respected in his job as a general construction superintendent for Narod, and the family benefited greatly in the rich experiences and many personal contacts gained in moving around the province of B.C. Bob and Helen eventually settled in Summerland as a permanent retirement location. Bob was always committed to the task at hand but continually ensured that he also had fun while engaging others at the same time. Both he and Helen enjoyed reaching out and helping others in the community and their house was always open and inviting to their many friends and new acquaintances. Bob was proud of his commitment with the Elks, Lions, and the Lakeside Presbyterian Church. He had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed working with his associates in many worthwhile service projects. Bob held a fi rm belief in education and was always encouraging younger family members to further their own education. For the last five years he lived in Calgary where he spent many hours enjoying his family. Bob was predeceased by Helen in 1998 and his grand-daughter Robyn in 1993. Bob leaves behind his son Rob (Cheryl) and his daughter Barbara (Clare) Gillespie; four grandchildren, Cindy (Travis) Ramsfield, Kim (Andy) Holdaway Robert (Stephanie) Gillespie, and Scott (Erica) Sheppard, and eleven great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Jean Lawrence. All friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service for Bob at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Summerland, B.C. at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2008; a tea reception will follow. In lieu of fl owers, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #200, 119 – 14 th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 (403-264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca).


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