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Robert Shepherd

April 14, 1942 - June 3, 2011


Robert Hugh Shepherd, Ph.D R.Psych.

April 14, 1942 – June 03, 2011

My beloved Bob, ‘Shep’ to his friends, has flown out through the garden on his next magic carpet ride. Wild son of Clemmie Dunsmore and Hugh Shepherd, raised in Stonewall, MB, in thrall to his madcap Highland uncles of Spirit Hill and rabbit-skinning Granny Shepherd. Wee Robbie, she called him, who excelled at ballet and football but lived for falling snow and hockey and raising hell in the backroads and dance halls of the Interlake.

Drafted to Detroit Red Wings, he chose expulsion from St. John’s College, U of M, vagabonding the rioting South, deepening his loner instincts. Five days under siege in ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier’s Haiti persuaded him home to work with Allan Blakeney’s NDP then a semi-respectable career in the Canadian Foreign Service. Shep and his first wife Daun Kennedy lived in Australia, Fiji (his paradise), Cote d’Ivoire and a Gatineau Hills loghouse. Red-circled out of the Foreign Service, he put his curiously brilliant intellect to work as a psychologist specializing in difficult men.

A most tender-hearted, fighting loyal lover, he charmed and was charmed by both my daughters and their daughters: Sunni Nishimura (Taco Niet) and Kiran Nishimura-Niet, and Nell (Marc) and Isabelle Hackney. Other family: sister Wendy Gerecke, niece Bretta Gerecke, nephew Kurt Gerecke and dear cousin Eileen Dederer. Written by Bob’s second wife Wendy Robison, Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Joan (Giles) Kolbauer
Relation: Stonewall class mate

Shep was my brother’s best friend beginning in 1952 when the Giles family moved to Stonewall. You were his “best man” at Lyn’s 1962 wedding. My last memory of you is at your mother’s funeral service in Stonewall. I guess I’ve changed because you didn’t recognize me. Prior to that it was 40+ years ago at Lyn’s apartment that I saw you – joking as usual.. As I am preparing a very special souvenir for Lyn’s 70th birthday this December I smile often at the pictures I have of the two of you – doing what you guys did best. Rest in peace, Bob.

From: Debbie Basnett
Relation: one of his patients

whenever i went to see Dr. Bob he always had a kind word, he reminded me on how important it was to relax i always came away feeling hopful and before long i was able to move on from my problem
great man and teacher

From: Bill Luscombe
Relation: Patient/Counsellor

Bob helped me immensely in my time of need and pain. I know he wasn’t religious, but I pray God Almighty has mercy upon this son… he helped so many people and had a heart for the wounded and the suffering.
Rest in Peace my friend.

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