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Albert "Al" Sheppard

Albert "Al" Sheppard

Born In: Botwood, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: October 30th, 1935

Passed in: Middleton, Canada
Passed on: May 22nd, 2019

SHEPPARD, Albert “Al” Walter ~ 83, of Wilmot, NS, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Heart of the Valley Long Term Care Centre, Middleton on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Born in Botwood, NL, on October 30, 1935, he was the son of the late Frederick and Janet (Pope) Sheppard. Al joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1954, served as an Avionics technician in Saskatchewan, Marville (France), Shearwater and Greenwood (NS), Comox (BC), Baden-Soellingen (Germany) and retired as a Warrant Officer in 1985. After retirement, he joined the staff of IMP in Halifax and travelled daily to work there until his final retirement in 1992. Al and Marg built their home in Wilmot in 1981 and created a haven of gardens, pool and outdoor tranquility. They welcomed numerous pets into their lives over the years but none more special than their last little dog, Katie. After his retirement, he devoted much of his free time to helping others. He drove the Pharmasave Shuttle service from Kingston to Halifax for many years helping patients to appointments in the city, contributed many, many hours to visits, fundraising and events for the Kingston Lions Club where he served as King Lion in 2000-2001 and was instrumental in bringing the NS Air Medical Transport helicopter and team to the Kingston Steer BBQ, was a member of the Holy Trinity Church Men’s Club in Middleton, and helped people who were tackling life challenges and needed support. He was particularly proud of his volunteer work for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, in the restoration of their bright yellow WWII Anson airplane. The restoration of the old aircraft was a labour of love and respect by the volunteer team who devoted themselves to this project. Al was an avid hockey fan, coaching Minor Hockey, playing right wing in many places in the world, and rooting for the Toronto Maple Leafs all his life. The sound of the Hockey Night in Canada theme song will never be forgotten by his family. He loved to work outdoors, and to travel, until arthritis took its toll on his body. He fought determinedly to continue walking and moving after his arthritis invaded his spine, and his tenacity carried him far beyond what we expected it would. Al is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret Rose (Langille) Sheppard; his daughters, Lynn (David) Roscoe of Clarence, NS; and Kim Sheppard of Hubley, NS; his grandson, Matthew (Monica) Roscoe; and new great-granddaughter, Cora Lynn Roscoe of Berwick, NS; brothers, Ken (Pansy) of Botwood, NL; Hedley (Isabel) of Peterview, NL; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Ernest (Joan); Herb (Edna); Will (Sadie); sisters, Julia (Harvey) Pope; Annie (Hedley) Young; and twin great-grandsons, Amos and Ivan Roscoe. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Saxon, nurses, recreation staff and the many caregivers who helped him through his journey these past two years at Heart of the Valley. A very special thank you is extended to the nurses and caregivers for loving care and compassion to Al and his family in his final few days. The funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Middleton, NS, at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, May 31, with the Reverend Canon Lynn Uzans officiating. Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Lawrencetown and a reception at the Kingston Lions Hall will follow the service. Family flowers only. Donations in his memory may be made to The Arthritis Society Canada, the Heart of the Valley Recreation Fund, or to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main Street, toll free 1-855-825-3448. On-line guest book may be signed by visiting www.middletonfuneralhome.com

 

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