Obituary – The Reverend Brian Shephard 1934-2020

Obituary - The Reverend Brian Shephard 1934-2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rev Brian Shephard on 12 May 2020.

Rev Shephard was educated at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford prior to being ordained deacon in 1960 and priest in 1961.  Brian was curate in Wigan before moving to Kidderminster to complete a second curacy.  From there he moved with his wife, Helen, to Blackheath in London to become a Lecturer in OT for five years at the Church Army Training College.  In 1970 they moved to Hamilton in Scotland so that Brian could take up a post as a Lecturer at the College of Education.

In 1977 Brian became the Chaplain of the Buchan School teaching Latin and RE, a post he held for 11 years.  He was well liked by all the pupils and always came with a smile.  He was a kind and caring presence at the school and deeply gifted in languages.  Following his time there he became curate at St Jude, Andreas for three years before becoming Vicar at Lezayre.  He served the Parish of Lezayre from 1991 until his retirement in 2002.

Brian leaves behind his wife, Helen and their two children, Jennifer and Judy.

Brian and Helen would have celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in September this year, and Brian’s 60th Anniversary of Ordination would have fallen on Advent Sunday.  Bishop Peter gives thanks for the life and ministry of a faithful and loving priest, husband, and father.  Please pray for Helen, Jennifer and Judy as we commend Brian to Almighty God in love and thanksgiving.