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Raymond V. Shepherd Jr.


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Raymond V. Shepherd Jr. Obituary
Raymond Voigt Shepherd Jr. went home to God on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. He was born April 21, 1936, near Philadelphia, beloved only son of Raymond V. and Anne Matlack Shepherd. Ray graduated from The Haverford School, where his football running speed garnered him the nickname "Choo Choo." Ray obtained a B.S. from Columbia University and an M.A. in American culture from the combined University of Delaware and Winterthur Program in American Decorative Arts, as a Winterthur Fellow. Ray served in the First City Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, a National Guard unit. He spent many hours preserving the troop's historical artifacts that dated to the Revolutionary War in the museum he created for them. Ray spent his professional career as curator of decorative arts at Philadelphia Museum of Art, director of Cliveden for the National Historic Trust in Germantown, Pa., and director of Old Economy Village, a Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission site in Ambridge. Ray enjoyed educating and inspiring others with his knowledge of and enthusiasm for American 18th and 19th century culture, decorative arts and religion. Memories of Ray will be treasured by friends and family alike (and even the occasional stranger) who enjoyed the history lessons he inserted into just about every conversation! Ray lived an adventurous and deeply spiritual life. He was a longtime member of the Merion Golf Club of Ardmore and delighted in sharing the story of drinking an Arnold Palmer with the great Arnold Palmer himself. World-wide travels dotted his life, as well as trips to favorite places such as Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., where four generations of Shepherds have gathered since 1984. He showed all of us how to explore the world with open hearts and inquiring minds. Ray found great peace and joy in spending time at the family cabin, Tuckaway, where five generations of Shepherds have made memories canoeing, walking the trails and listening for bullfrogs. It was apparent to anyone who knew him that Ray was guided by spiritual principles in how he lived his daily life. Ray served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church and found meaning through a variety of mission-driven activities. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruth (Hallowell) Shepherd, whom he affectionately called "Ladybug"; his three children, Raymond V. Shepherd III (Rebecah), Mark R. Shepherd (Susan) and Bethany Anne Powers (Matthew); and six grandchildren, Anna Grace, Finn Michael, Lillian Ruth, Seamus Matlack, Raymond Luke and Cole Robert, who lovingly called him "Pops." The Shepherd family is especially grateful to Sandy, Ryan and Lynn from the Hospice of the Piedmont, who filled Ray's last months with comfort and humor. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont (675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or hopva.org), Friends of Saguaro National Park (P.O. Box 18998, Tucson, AZ 85731, or friendsofsaguaro.org) or (40 Rector St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10006, or doctorswithoutborders.org).
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. June 1, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, Va., with a reception to follow at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. Please wear joyful colors!
Published in Sewickley Herald on May 17, 2018
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