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Birte “Bobbi” Shepherd February 8, 1940 - June 21, 2021

With heavy hearts we are sad to announce the passing of Bobbi Shepherd, who passed away peacefully at Dryden Regional Hospital surrounded by loved ones on June 21 2021.

Birte (Bobbi) Shepherd was born on February 8, 1940 in Kolding, Denmark. In 1951 at age 11, Bobbi immigrated to Canada with her Parents Neils and Marie Schmidt, as well as her siblings, Preben and Minna. Upon arrival she quickly picked up English with the help of the neighborhood children and went on to obtain her high school diploma and a nursing degree soon after. She had a long career working for the Dryden Hospital as a Registered Nurse in both the OR and Paediatric wards.

In 1962, she married her loving husband Barry Shepherd and went on to raise a family with two sons Christopher and Andrew. Bobbi enjoyed her days sailing and traveling with her family. She was an avid reader and loved sitting in her sun room enjoying a good book. A loving mother, supportive wife, Bobbi was blessed with five loving grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She had a long successful nursing career and dedicated her later years to caring for patients in their homes. She was a loving and dedicated member of the Lutheran church whose Faith was a constant source of inspiration.

Her retirement years were spent with her family, enjoying frequent trips to Southern Ontario and the west coast to visit her siblings Preben (Lynn) and Mina (Wayne) and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by parents, Mary and Neils Schmidt.  Survived by husband Barry Shepherd, sons; Chris (Janice) and Andrew (Vanessa), grandchildren; Sam (Tyler), Michael, Morgan (Corey), Emma and Nick (Lyla) as well as several nieces and nephews and four 4 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Celebration will take place on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dryden Community Funeral Home.

A Private Memorial Service and Interment will take place on Saturday, June 26, 2021.


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    Freda Cheslock says

    I’m shocked & saddened to read of Bobbi’s passing. She was an awesome person, so kind & sincere & a great sense of humour. I enjoyed our encounters at Our Saviour, someone I’ll always remember. I’m so sorry, My condolences to Barry & family.

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    Janis Wessel says

    To Bobbi’s family. Our sincere thots and prayers to each of you. May Gods love bring you comfort.
    Dave and Janis Wessel

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    Kandiss Birnie says

    I had the pleasure of working with this wonderful lady, and also being her patient, She was a dedicated nurse and a lovely soul. The world has lost our angel, So sorry to Barry and sons, and all extended family Enjoy all the lovely stories you have about her. Laugh, tells tales.

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    Maureen Norman says

    Barry & family I am so sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. I was shocked to read the sad news. My heart goes out to you especially Barry as I know the heartbreak of losing a spouse. May the Lord strengthen you & comfort you in the days to come.

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    Richard White says

    So sorry fo.r your loss Barry Deepest sympathy Dick and Carol White

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    Robert Hall says

    Dear Barry, Andy & Chris,

    My sincere condolences to You with this great loss of your wife and mother. We, who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ know with absolute certainty We shall be reunited with our Loved Ones when We step into Eternity, Bobbi is patiently waiting for that day.
    Comfort your hearts with these words

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    Alan & Suzanne Wice says

    To Barry, Chris & Janice, Andy & Vanessa and families: Alan & I are so sad to hear of Bobbi’s condition and subsequent passing. We will always remember Bobbi’s warm smile and friendly nature. She always came over in a crowd and asked how you were, etc. She was a true nurse and loving, caring, Christian woman. Our sincerest condolences to you all.

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    Elva Watts & Vernon Schussler says

    Condolences to all of the Shepherd families!

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    Ritch Noel says

    Dear Chris and Andy and families
    Though neighbors for years I never got to see your Mom very often. I did remember her checking on us while in Chris’s room one day playing. I do, however recall my Mom speaking fondly about your mom. You see, Bobbi took care of Mom while she was palliative in her home. My mom had nothing but the nicest things to say about how your Mom took care of her. IN fact, I recall how Mom said Bobbi phoned and even walked over several times to check on her outside of whatever her duties actually were supposed to be. I will always remember how fondly my Mom spoke of Mrs. Sheppard. It takes a special person to care for the terminally ill as your Mom did so gracefully. Not a day goes by I don’t think of my Mom and I am sure you will be the same. The Loss of Janice’s Mom so close no doubt made this far more difficult. Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. Her grace and compassion when dealing with my Mom will not be forgotten

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    Ken and Beverly MacDonald says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Bobbi was one beautiful person. Whenever we had whipped cream or coffee she would always say, “None of that phoney stuff real whipped cream and real coffee.” You will be missed, we love you.

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    Ken and Beverly MacDonald says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Bobbi was one beautiful person. Whenever we had whipped cream or coffee she would always say, “None of that phoney stuff real whipped cream and real coffee.” You will be missed, we love you.

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    Danielle & Ron Kennedy says

    Barry & the Shepherd Family,

    We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. Our sincere condolences to all of you.. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time.

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    Barry Bailey says

    Dear Barry, Chris, Andrew and families

    We were shocked and saddened to learn of Bobbi’s passing.
    She was a lovely person and good friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

    Marg and Barry Bailey

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    Bernice Ferguson says

    My deepest sympathies Barry and family. Cherish your many memories of times together. Bernice Ferguson

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    Karen and Allen Mazurski says

    To Barry, Chris and Janice, Andrew and Vanessa and families,
    We are saddened to hear of Bobbi’s passing, made more difficult due to the challenges of the current times.Bobbi was such a kind and gentle spirit, she always had a smile and cheerful outlook. She was a caring and compassionate nurse and was proud of all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! Cherish the many wonderful memories you all must have.

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Donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the DRHC Palliative Care Dept. through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Avenue, Dryden, ON P8N 2X3