Robert Sheppard

Robert William Sheppard

1940 - 2024

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Obituary of Robert William Sheppard

Robert William Sheppard, long time resident of Stamford NY, passed away on February 17, 2024.

Bob was born on May 30, 1940, in Somerville, NJ to his late parents, Dorothy Pohemus and William Schomp Sheppard.  He grew up in New Jersey, the eldest of three, with his late sister, Margery Connett, and his late brother, Richard Sheppard.

After graduating from Somerville High School, Bob attended SUNY Cobleskill receiving his degree in horticulture.  There he met the love of his life, Mary Frances Hyatt Sheppard.  They married in 1962 and moved to Stamford where they worked together for 41 years, proprietors of Stamford Greenhouses and Florist before retiring in 2003.

Bob, a talented floral designer, horticulturist, landscaper, and businessman, was above all a loving husband and dedicated father and grandfather.  He was a member of the Frist Presbyterian Church, Stamford Kiwanis, Stamford Golf Club and Florist Transworld Delivery Assoc.  He enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, woodworking, cooking, skiing, biking, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, motorcycling, snowplowing, animal husbandry and mowing his beautiful lawns and tending to his and Mary’s house on the hill.

Bob loved his family and friends; his old maple syrup sap house was a frequent gathering place for fellowship, friendly card games and laughter.  Bob harvested many gardens and tapped many maple trees, sharing his produce with family, friends, and neighbors.  Always willing to help and offer an alternative opinion, he enjoyed a good debate.  He will be missed by many but especially his family. 

Bob is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Kimberly Jo Sheppard (Steven Tancer), son Robert Samuel Sheppard, grandchildren Georgia Frances McKay, Samuel Jake McKay (Mary lou Giery). 

A Private celebration of life and memorial service will be held at the discretion of the family. 

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford.