Ronald Francis Shepherd

Shepherd, The Right Reverend Ronald Francis died on October 24th, 2012 in Victoria. Bishop Ron was born July 15th 1926 also in Victoria. Survived by his loving wife Ann, and their six children Mary, Jeremy, Christopher, Susie, Tim and Peter; and eight grandchildren.

Ron faithfully served the Anglican Communion his whole life. He was ordained at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London in 1953 and served in the parish of St. Stephen’s Rochester Row. In Canada he served as parish priest in Hamilton and Winnipeg; he was the dean of the Anglican diocese in Edmonton and in 1969 was named dean of Montreal for a period of 14 years. After serving the parish of St. Matthias, Victoria, in 1984 he was elected the 10th bishop of the diocese of British Columbia. Upon retirement Ron and Ann served the Episcopalian mission in Borrego Springs, California until 2001.  

A sharp wit, exceptional intellect, and a lover of the written word, Ron was also an avid gardener. For many years Ann and Ron enjoyed visits from friends and family from around the world on their beloved Easter Hill home on Salt Spring Island.

Funeral services will be held on November 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria. Archbishop David Crawley, Bishop James Cowan and Dean Logan McMenamie will be officiating. Reception to follow. Interment on Salt Spring Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Primate’s World Relief Fund, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2. Condolences may be offered at www.mccallbros.com.

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