SHEPPARD, Ronald Melvin 1937- 2011

Red Deer Advocate Red Deer, AB





It is with great sadness the family of Ronald Melvin Sheppard "Shep" announces his passing at the Red Deer Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer on January 6, 2011 at the age of 73 years. Ron was predeceased by his loving wife Barbara in 2006; Mother Effie in 1999 and father Ralph in 1954. He leaves to mourn his children; Shawn (Mary), Nathan (Louise), Dean, and Dawn (Ray); 7 Grandchildren Adrienne (Cory), Candace (Corey), Tabitha (Svend), Christopher (Desiree), Shayla, Devin (Brittany) and Darrigan; 7 Great Grandchildren Rylee, Braydon, Camryn, Carson, Tristan, Regan, Lacey as well as a large extended family of 6 siblings and families (Barbara, Marguerite, Doug, Wally, Pauline, Ray) and numerous cousins and friends that he was very close to. Ron was born on August 20, 1937 at Curling, Newfoundland. He grew up in both Curling and Cox's Cove Newfoundland until he left at the age of 17 to join the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1954. While stationed in Senneterre Quebec as a Fighter Control Operator, he met and later married Barbara Kramer on his birthday in 1957. In 1966 Ron re-mustered to a Recreational Specialist. Ron had many other postings in Canada including Foymount, Clinton, Gander, Greenwood and finally Penhold where he retired from the Air Force in December of 1980. However no matter where Ron was, Newfoundland was always still his true home. Ron was best known for his athletic abilities. He played and excelled in all sports and won numerous championships and tournaments. After retirement Ron managed multiple curling rinks and golf courses as well as had a custom golf club business. In most recent years Ron worked part time at both River Bend Golf Club and as a Commissionaire at Bowden Institute. Ron loved to teach all sports, but especially loved to play and give golf lessons to friends and family. Ron's family will always remember his great work ethic, willingness to help people, wonderful sense of humour, quick wit, contagious laughter, love of music and the wonderful stories he told about his adventures in life. As well they will be forever grateful for the love he had for his family. He will always be their Hero and will be greatly missed. Please join us in a celebration of Ron's life at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 104 Innisfail, Alberta on Thursday January 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.