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Dr. Gordon Shepherd

September 2, 1921 - March 22, 2017

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    “Doc” Shepherd passed away peacefully in his sleep at Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos B.C. at the age of 95.

     He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Alice Shepherd.  Gordon is fondly remembered by his loving family, including Marion, his wife of 69 years; his brother Roy (Colleen); his sons Bruce (Lexy) and Lance (Karen); grandchildren Endrené (Dave), Sandy (Katie), Sage, Kade, and Kassandra; great-grandson Zen; and many nieces and nephews.

     Gordon was born and grew up in Calgary.  He joined the RCAF in 1942, and was the last surviving member of ParaRescue Class No.1.  In 1951, he graduated as an M.D. from the University of Alberta, and then furthered his training as a surgeon in Vancouver. He moved to Osoyoos in 1955 and had his own practice there until his retirement in 1987.

     In his youth, he excelled at scouting, acrobatics and springboard diving. In later years, he also enjoyed hiking, skiing, painting, and telling tall tales to the kids.  He was a King Scout, served on various hospital boards, was a member of the Borderline Ski Club, the Mount Baldy Ski Patrol, and the Royal Canadian Legion, was a founding member of the Osoyoos Golf Club and also was a Mason, Shriner, and Rotarian. He loved to travel and saw much of the world. He was a “Blue Domer” – his personal cathedral was in an alpine meadow.

     A graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life at 3:00 P.M. at the Osoyoos Seniors Centre.

     Donations are gratefully accepted for Doctors Without Borders, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402, Toronto, ON, M5S 2T9.  Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

 

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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From: Slavica Krekic
Relation: a patient

So sorry that you have lost your relative. He was my GP when I lived in Osoyoos and he helped me more than anyone I know. If I didn’t have my operation I would end up with all sorts of health problems in the future. Slavica

From: Kathie Barton
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Mrs. Shepherd, Bruce, Lance and families,
Sincere condolences. The good Dr. is a memory of my youth growing up in Osoyoos — a great memory! My heart hurts for your hearts.
Kathie XXOO

From: wally and mary anne
Relation: friend

Marion, Bruce, Lance and family.
Our condolences on the loss of Gordon. He was such a great man. We always enjoyed our visits at Baldy Mountain so long ago. He was kind and caring and a great asset to the mountain and the ski patrol.
Wally and Mary Anne

From: Kathy (Brunner) Martin
Relation: Dr Shepherd was my GP

Mrs Shepherd, Bruce, Lance and families.
Dr Shepherd was our family’s GP while I was growing up in Osoyoos. I will always remember his wonderful bedside manor as my GP, infectious smile and being known as a real family man. He will be missed by all who knew him and cared for him. My heart is with you at this time of deep sorrow. R.I.P. Dr Shepherd.
Sincerely, Kathy (Brunner) Martin

From: Fay Morgan (Scott)
Relation: Friend & patient

My love, thoughts and prayer to the family. Dr. Shepard was undoubtably the best Doctor the Osoyoos area ever has had. I know he came many times when I was a child to our home to take care of me. Great man, great mentor !

From: Endrene Shepherd
Relation: I am his granddaughter

I was missing this man today, so I stopped by to re-learn a little about Granddad. He was always so into cowboys and cowboy culture– I can still hear his “Yee-Hoo!”– and of course, I never really thought about how it would have had everything to do with growing up in Calgary. He did look good in a cowboy hat, and my very first horseback experience was an Osoyoos desert trail ride with Granddad and my younger brother, Sandy. He loved to accuse everyone of cheating in games, but had no shame in cheating himself! He had a horribly bawdy sense of humour, no doubt gained from confronting a vast array of humanity through his years making house calls as the local MD. I know his jokes frequently elicited an exasperated, “Oh, GORDON”, from my grandmother, Marion. He was an awesome grandparent, taking my brother and I on innumerable adventures, and always attending our concerts and events and parties with my grandmother. He loved all of his grandkids, always filling us in on the antics of our cousins in Banff when we visited. He loved lemons– lemon cake and pie especially– and my grandmother was lucky to have learned that from her mother-in-law right from the get-go, and provided him with both regularly. I think what I miss most is his penchant for storytelling. He could tell a family story a hundred times (often with variations and extensions) and although we might have rolled our eyes, we always listened. You think you’ll never forget the stories you hear, but you do, and I sure wish he was still here to tell them just one more time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 22, 2017
Beginning at 3:00pm

Location:
Osoyoos Seniors Centre
17 Park Place
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life at 3:00 P.M. at the Osoyoos Seniors Centre.

17 Park Place
Osoyoos, BC Canada

  Graveside Service

Date & Time:
April 22, 2017
Beginning at 1:30pm

Location:
Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery
9200 - 176 Avenue
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life at 3:00 P.M. at the Osoyoos Seniors Centre.

9200 - 176 Avenue
Osoyoos, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Donations are gratefully accepted for:

Doctors Without Borders,
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402,
Toronto, ON,
M5S 2T9. 

 

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