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Gaylord Oscar Shepherd Jr.


March 22, 2018

Gaylord Oscar Shepherd Jr.

Gaylord Oscar Shepherd Jr., 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, Sunday, March 18, 2018.

"Shep," as he was known as, was born in Asheville and was a longtime resident of Lake Toxaway.

He is survived by his son, Scott, and his wife, Betsy, of Lawrenceville, Ga .; daughter, Beth, and her husband, John Hines, of Beaufort, S.C .; son, Don, of Lake Toxaway; daughter, Ann and her husband, Dennis Hertzberg, of Lake Toxaway; son, Matthew, and his wife, Carolyn, of Decatur, Ga .; 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Duquette Shepherd, and eldest son, Gaylord Oscar Shepherd III.

After serving in the United States Navy, he graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in chemical engineering.

He began his career as a safety supervisor with DuPont in Parlin, N.J. The family moved to Brevard in 1969, where he transferred to the Brevard DuPont plant.

He later developed DuPont's DuCare environmental program, which supported both the medical and commercial imaging divisions. He won DuPont's highest environmental award for implementing the Alternative Fuels Boiler at the Brevard plant, off-setting the use of fossil fuels to provide power.

His many interests included reading, traveling, fishing, boating and politics. He was a 32nd degree Mason.

Along with his wife, Marge, he co-founded Camp Winding Gap, a children's summer camp in Lake Toxaway.

A private family memorial service will be held in April.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or The Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations is caring for the family.

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