George (Pep) Shepherd, a prominent resident of Beamsville for the past 50 years, and known and respected throughout the entire Niagara Peninsula, died suddenly at his home, King Street, Beamsville, late Monday morning.
His sudden demise came as a shock to a great many who have counted him as a friend or business acquaintance. The late Mr. Shepherd had been in good health and his death is believed due to a heart attack.
Prominent in the wholesale fruit business, he was the present president of the Southern Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Shippers' Association. He was a leading member of the Beamsville Council, and was serving his second term of office at the time of his death. A born leader, the late Mr. Shepherd had always taken an active interest in the general betterment of the Village of Beamsville, and had served on numerous civic organizations.
He was a former chairman of the Board of Education, and a member of that Board for many years. Active in the promotion of Beamsville, he was associated with the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Board of Directors of West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and a Past Master of Ivy Lodge, A.F. & A.M.
A staunch Conservative, the late Mr.Shepherd was Vice-President of the Lincoln County Progressive Conservative Association for Beamsville and Clinton districts, and in the last Federal campaign he was the organizer for the entire County of Lincoln.
Born in Grantham Township, a son of the late Franklyn and Ada Shepherd, deceased was in his 59th year. In World War 1 he served overseas with the 19th Battalion, Lincoln and Welland Regiment, earning through his merits the rank of Lieutenant. Since the First World War, he took an active part in the West Lincoln Branch 127, Canadian Legion, and was a past president of this organization.
A keen sportsman, he himself was an athlete of note in his earlier life, associated with baseball and hockey in particular. In later years he continually helped and aided athletic teams from the Village and district, and for his own recreation turned to lawn bowling with the Beamsville Lawn bowling Club. He was a member of the executive of the Peach King Hockey Club in 1946-47.
He is survived by his wife, the former Edna Kerruish; one son, Douglas; and one grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. R.O. Wilcox, of Beamsville, and Mrs. Rose Gayman, of Toronto.
Tuesday evening members of the Ivy Lodge conducted Masonic funeral services at the J.W. Buck & Son Funeral Home. Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Dr. C.M.Currie conducted services from the funeral home. Interment was made in Mount Osborne Cemetery, Beamsville, midst a profusion of floral remembrances.
Casket bearers were: Harry N. Reid, Dr. Charles R. Wray, David Mountain, John Levi, Howard Jarvis and Fred Brown.