Florence Gwendoline Sheppard

Florence Gwendoline Sheppard  
June 4th, 1926 to January 23rd, 2021
Florence “Gwen” Sheppard of East Harwich passed away on January 23rd, 2021 after living life to its fullest for 94 years.

She was born in Belleoram, Newfoundland on June 4th, 1926 to Reginald and Annie Keeping.  She was raised and went to school in Newfoundland, where she became a teacher.  Some of her students were returning servicemen from WWII and it was here that she met the love of her life and future husband, Ralph Sheppard from Rencontre East, Newfoundland. She and Ralph arrived in the US separately and were married in Somerville on October 8th, 1949.  Together they lived in New Bedford, Long Beach, Calif., and Chatham.
Gwen and Ralph successfully owned and operated the Sou’Wester restaurant in West Chatham for 14 years. After selling the business, Gwen worked as the Store Manager of The Shoe Salon on Main Street in Chatham for 25+ years.  She retired in 2014 at the age of 87.  She made many friends on her journey.
She enjoyed baking and cooking in general.  Mostly, she enjoyed conversation with her family and her many friends.  She was incredibly engaging, friendly and kind to everyone she met.
She was predeceased by her husband Ralph Sheppard, her parents and her beloved brother, Robert Keeping. She is survived by two sisters, Sybil Crawford of Sudbury, ON, Canada, Mary Cluett of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada and one brother, Thomas Keeping of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  
Gwen is also survived by her three children, Ralph Sheppard II of Harwich, Stephen Sheppard and his wife Michele of Goffstown, N.H. and William Sheppard and his wife Teresa of Bartlett, N.H.  She leaves a legacy of her love and wisdom to eight grandchildren and eight (soon to be nine) great grandchildren.  Also, several cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada and the US.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Fresenius Kidney Center in Yarmouth Port and the paramedics and drivers at Coastal Ambulance Service for their loving care.
A memorial service with family is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please reach out someone with a random act of kindness. She’d like that.  Or, you can make a donation to the Harwich Council on Aging.  
For online condolences, please visit www.nick-ersonfunerals.com.