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Born: Jul 31, 1914

Date of Passing: Dec 21, 2000

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CLARENCE DAY SHEPARD July 31, 1914 - December 21, 2000 (Lawyer, retired Chairman & CEO, Gulf, Canada) Clarence Shepard, in his 87th year. Born in Winnipeg, Man., in 1914, Clarence Shepard attended St. Johns College School in Winnipeg and Appleby College in Oakville, Ont. He attended McGill University and graduated in 1937 from the University of Manitoba Law School with an LL.B. He joined the Grain Insurance and Guarantee Company, Winnipeg, as internal solicitor and later became western supervisor for the Phoenix Insurance of Hartford Group, located in Winnipeg. During the Second World War, Mr. Shepard served overseas as an officer with the Fourth Canadian Armoured Division and was an air liaison officer with the RCAF. A member of the Manitoba Bar since 1938, Mr. Shepard became a partner in a Winnipeg law firm following his military discharge in 1945. He was a lecturer at the Manitoba Law School from 1946 to 1953, a Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba from 1952 to 1957, and served as Chairman of the Winnipeg Civic Election Committee from 1950 to 1953. For two years he was solicitor for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club. During the Winnipeg Flood of 1950, he and his wife Carol worked full time as volunteers for the Red Cross. Named Queens Counsel in 1951, he served several years as transportation counsel for the Province of Manitoba and handled legal work for BA Oil and for Trans-Canada Pipelines Ltd. In 1957 he moved to Ottawa to take up the position of Chief Commissioner of the Federal Board of Transport Commissioners and a year later he took on the additional responsibility of acting chairman of the Air Transport Board. In 1959 he joined Gulf Canada (then BA Oil) as General Counsel and a year later became Vice-President and Director. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1964 and Chief Executive Officer in January 1976. He retired in 1979. He also served as a director of the Toronto Dominion Bank and of the Carborundum Company, Niagara Falls, N.Y. Active in many public service organizations, Mr. Shepard served as President, Manitoba Division of the Canadian Red Cross Society and in several national functions for the Red Cross; Chairman, Ontario Addiction Research Foundation; Trustee, Hospital for Sick Children; President, Canadian Institute of International Affairs; Governor, Stratford Festival; and Fundraising chairman for both Pearson College of the Pacific and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In addition he was co-founder of the Niagara Institute, a think-tank and study centre established in Niagara-on-the-Lake to acquaint the business, labour and academic communities with the policies and mechanisms of government. Mr. Shepard was married for 52 years to the former Caroline Faith Spring (1914-1990) and the couple had four children. In 1979, they built their retirement home on Sand Lake near Elgin, Ont., which became the meeting place for family members and friends. As a widower, Mr. Shepard married the former Dorothy Osborne of Edmonton, who passed away in 1998. He is also predeceased by brothers, Merrill and David. He is survived by sister Helen Clare Macdonald of Connecticut and by his children Terry, Caroline, Merrill, Sarah and their families. A memorial service is to be held in the Chapel of the Scotland Funeral Home, 27 Main St., Elgin, on Saturday, December 30, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in the summer of 2001 at St. Johns Cemetery, Winnipeg, Man.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 28, 2000

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My father was always there for his four children. He was an eternal optimist and loved people...I guess he would be called a humanitarian. He gave me a faith in God (being brought up Anglican ) and the gift of the importance of prayer. I attended Havergal College which gave me an excellent education and leadership skills. Some even thought he would have made an awesome Prime Minister. I am only slightly biased but I know my Dad is in heaven dancing in support of Justin Trudeau. My father was he often said, Today is the day the Lord has made - let us rejoice and be glad in it...... - Posted by: sarah noelle shepard (daughter) on: Nov 03, 2015

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