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Friday, March 26, 2004

One More Thing: Goodbye, Shep -- As if this week's mutliple teeth-bashings-in hadn't been enough, I received word this morning that Shep died on Wednesday.

Shep was Jerry Shepard, a man I knew and worked with (and sometimes for) at a number of radio stations over the course of my radio career. He was a total original, full of piss and vinegar, and one of the few decent, honest people I ever met in a management position at a commercial radio station.

When I found out I had diabetes five years ago, it was Shep I first turned to for advice. He had struggled with the disease for years by then, himself, and his technique of getting his best advice through to me can best be described as "shock and awe," telling and showing me the ravages of the disease in such a devastatingly blunt and immediate manner that it impacted on me like a heart attack. Whenever I think about my diabetes, and dealing with it, I always -- always remember every second of that moment.

Well, Shep, you were an amazing man and I think my life -- and certainly my career -- were better for knowing you. You were kind and patient to me when I was a rookie, and you were a beloved friend and colleague once I'd found my feet in broadcasting. I never told you this when you were alive, and I never knew how true it was until now, but I loved you and I loved knowing you and the world is a great deal shittier for losing you. Goodbye, Shep.

From the Glens Falls, NY Post-Star

Francis ‘Jerry’ Shepard Jr.
Published on 3/26/2004

FORT EDWARD -- Francis “Jerry” Shepard Jr. 73, of Notre Dame Street, Fort Edward, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Glens Falls Hospital. Born Aug. 13, 1930, in Fort Edward, he was the son of the late Francis and Margaret (Lapoint) Shepard. Jerry served his country in the Korean Conflict, in the United States Navy.

Shep started his career in radio as a sales representative in Glens Falls ,where he worked for WWSC in the 60s, then relocated to Connecticut and worked in sales for several radio stations, Shep then moved back to Glens Falls where he worked in sales until his retirement. His greatest enjoyments where the Saratoga Race Track, New York Giants Football and supporting Fort Edward High School Sports, he was also active in the Fort Edward Lions Club.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his stepmother, Madeline Shepard; and his sister, Shirley Smoller. He is survived by his wife Anne; his son, Daryl Shepard and his wife, Patti, and their four children, Maxine, Jared, Scott and Dan, also his son, Jason Shepard; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no calling hours at Jerry’s request.

Burial will take place with full military honors at 1 p.m. Monday March 29, at Gerald B. H. Soloman Saratoga National Cemetery 200 Duell Road Schuylerville NY 12871. Arrangements are under the direction of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward.

Donations may be made in Jerry’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 6 Automation Lane Albany, NY 12205 or the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 226 Schuyler St., Fort Edward, NY 12828.

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