KENNETH Shepherd, of Beech Avenue, Bourne, died at Addenbrookes Hospital, after a short illness, aged 71.
Ken was born in Foveran, Aberdeenshire to Edith and Charlie Shepherd. He worked on a farm before completing his National Service with the RAF. He decided to continue in the forces as a driver, which brought him to Lincolnshire. It was here he met his future wife, and settled in Bourne and started a family.
Working as a haulier he built up his own company, becoming managing director of haulage contractors Ken Shepherd and Sons Ltd, working with two of his sons Craig and Andrew.
Ken was a hard working and well-respected and loved man who never truly retired from the haulage world. He would often be seen walking his black Labrador, Katie, in a place close to his heart, Bourne Woods.
Ken is survived by his wife, Mary and sons Craig, Duncan and Andrew and their families. He is also survived by his mother, Edith and his brothers, Robert and Ian and sister Marjory. Sadly his brother Eric died last year.
A service was held at Marholm Crematorium, where a single Scottish Piper led the funeral cortege. Donations in lieu of flowers were made to Cancer Research UK and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Family mourners included: Mary Shepherd (widow), Craig and Clair Shepherd, Duncan and Jan Shepherd, Andrew Shepherd, Daniel Shepherd, Edith Shepherd (mother), Robert and Faith Shepherd, Ian Shepherd, Marjory and Hugh Matheson, Sheila Shepherd, Emma Shepherd, Catriona Rawlinson, Fiona Dyke, Hazel and Billy, Linda Barclay, Sarah and John Christie, Simon Osborne, Andrea Bloor and Nick, Luke Shepperson, Hayley Buss, Ryan Bloor, Mille Searson.
Sympathisers included: Hazel Chambers, Paul Chambers, June Leclerc, Joe Clark, Jim Beresford, Chris Bailey (representing Lisa Bailey, Mrs S Bailey), David Fox (Fenland Trailer Parts), Emma Aque (Roy and Glenys Clark, Lino and Joseph Aque), Valerie Hemsill, Roy Bradford, Mark Shepperson (Luke and family), Richard Brewster (Irnham Estate), Judy Joyce, Patrick Cooke, Tony Christmas, Paul Moody (Trudy and Marion Moody), Sacha and Adam Moody, Doris Bee, Linda Barclay (Bill and Eileen Shearer), Margaret Sismey (John Sismey), Helen Langman (Steve Langman), Liz Putterill (Peter Putterill), Angela Coulson, Alan and Sally Tabor, Peter Austin, Tom Campion, Sally Haddow (Robert Haddow), Dawn Ede (family), John and Dorothy Young, Mr R Simpson (Mrs Judith Simpson, Mr and Mrs Donald Towers), Caroline Penny (Fiona Porter, Hoppers), Maureen Butler (Terry Butler and family), Bill and Bronwen Plumb (family), David and Valerie Barton (Hillgate Nurseries), Anita and Elaine Redshaw, Kath Baldwin (Sue Sismey), David Baldwin, Andrew Baldwin, Lucy Taylor (Mr and Mrs Green, John Cooper), Mr and Mrs K Wesley, Paul and Brenda Boothman (John and Una Bee), David Boothman, Jean and John Popple (Andrew and Sharon and family), John and Kay Bower, George and Julia Johns (Bert Johns), Mike Willson (Sheila Willson), Philip and Joy Sherwin, Les and Angela Chambers, Sharon Jackson (Richard and Rachel Cobley, Jade Howes), Andrew and Caroline Myers (Linda Myers, Stephen and Julie Copley), Jamie and Nadine Cooper, Debra Preece (Thomas and Nick Preece), Keith Stoker (Libby and Helen), Bruce and Barbara Stoker, Pop Baxter (Janet, Dean, Craig and families), Robert Boothman (Chris and Sarah Seller), Jenny Chapman (family), Mr and Mrs David Redshaw, Shirley Nicholson, Anita Maddison, Clare Ellis, Mr and Mrs D Atter (Mr and Mrs D Johnson, Mrs Bertha Brant, Canada), Jo Christmas (Jane and David), Jane Chambers, Caroline Chambers (Gail Francis), Lorraine Cunningham (Bailey family), Jonathan Pickard.