Martin Shepherd 1928-2011

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It is with deep regret we announce the death of one of our RASC Victoria Centre members, Martin Shepherd.

May his family take comfort in knowing many Victoria Centre members have good memories of Martin, and will be thinking of him fondly. We will always remember Martin's dry sense of humour, his keen observing skills, and his fascination with astronomy. He was always ready to volunteer for our public outreach efforts, which made a difference in the community at large.

Martin was a "regular" at Astronomy Caf� for many years, where he found and contributed camaraderie among his fellow amateur astronomers.

Bruno Quenneville presenting a prize to Martin Shepherd at our Sixth Annual RASCALS Star Party 2006


SHEPHERD, Martin Alexander - March 8th, 1928 - December 26th, 2011

With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our dearly loved husband, father and grandfather. Martin was born and raised in Victoria. He joined the family business (Shepherd's Dairy) in 1948 and later became Manager until it was sold in 1966. He remained in the dairy business until his retirement from Island Farms Dairy in 1991.

Martin was a man with many interests. A great lover of music, art and reading, an avid winemaker, an active member of the Royal Astronomical Society and an enthusiastic lawn bowler. He was also very community minded, for example he was an Executive Member of the Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce and a driver for Meals on Wheels for many years.

He is survived by his family, wife Monica, sons Michael (Carol), John (Sylvia) daughter Hilarie (Bruce) and four grandchildren, Andrew, Kimberley, Taylor and Trinity as well as a brother Ronald (Ann) and a sister Anne (Ralph). We'll always remember his kindness, generosity and wonderful sense of humour as well as his deep love for each one of us.

A Memorial Service was celebrated on Saturday, December 31st at 2:30 p.m., at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street. In lieu of flowers, donations in Martin's memory to the Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from December 29 to December 30, 2011. Above obituary edited from original.


Monica and family,
Hank and I would often talk about our times together, our wonderful card games, and a friendship that seemed to last forever. I hope to see you see soon.
Love to all of you,

Joyce Taylor, Ottawa, Ontario

Mrs. Shepherd, Michael, John, Hilarie and family,
We are thinking of you during this time and the coming days. We haven't seen each other for so many years, but I have an abundance of happy memories of the Taylor-Shepherd family times together while growing up in Victoria.

Kellie Taylor, Oshawa, Ontario

We are so saddened at the sudden loss of such a wonderful and well loved husband, father and grandfather. We grieve for you and send all of our love and thoughts in this difficult time. My you find comfort in one another.

Shawn, Jennifer and Farren Green, Grande Prairie, Alberta

To the Shepherd Family, my deepest condolences for you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Jane Foster, Victoria, British Columbia

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Martin. He was a well respected member of the RASC Victoria Centre.

Lauri Roche, President, RASC Victoria Centre

So sorry to hear that.

Chris Spratt, Victoria, British Columbia

I didn't know Martin for long....only spoke with him several times at Astro Cafe. Yet even so, I found him to be a sweet and gentle man. I wish I'd have known him longer. Condolences to his family and friends.

Sherry Buttnor, 2nd VP, RASC Victoria Centre

I will remember Martin's dry sense of humour and his cheerful disposition. He was a "regular" at our Astronomy Cafe weekly social event, and I always looked forward to seeing Martin and having a chat.

Victoria Centre will endeavour to maintain this memorial page for Martin into the future.

Joe Carr, Webmaster, RASC Victoria Centre


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