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Charles S. Sheppard
November 30, 2023
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When someone you Jove becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.
Today we celebrate Charles S. Sheppard's triumph over sickness and pain to rest and reward. He will live on in the hearts and memories of those he loved and touched.
Shep, as he is known to nearly everyone, moved to Trenton, NJ with his family from Richland, Georgia, where he was born. He was educated in the (then) Ewing Township and Trenton Public Schools.
Shep worked for several employers including Chopin Piano, where he supervised the safe delivery and installation of Steinway pianos in high-end businesses and homes throughout the eastern U.S. He seldom took time off except for scheduled vacations and had immense pride in being present and on time every day. That work ethic served him well when he later became an office building security guard. When he finally retired, his supervisors, colleagues and friends showered him with accolades and gifts for a job well done.
Shep was friendly and made friends easily. So, after retirement, he dedicated himself to leisure time activities in exactly the same way. He loved to cook, enjoyed traveling, playing cards, shopping and "shooting the breeze" with fellow retirees at his apartment building. Finally, Shep absolutely loved the New York Giants!
Shep will' be mourned by four daughters and one son: Katherine McKinnis and Kimberly Sheppard-Wilkins (Brian) ofTrenton, Diana Bridgeforth (Mark) of Ewing, NJ, Gary Ponder of Trenton, NJ and Regina Brooks (Andre) of Willingboro, NJ; ten grandchildren: Michael Davis, Rikiya McKinnis, Dakira Brown-Sheppard, Donovan Brown-Sheppard, Dontreale Bridgeforth, LaShawn Beauplan (Johnny) and Marjai' Bridgeforth, Harmonee Clark, John McRae and Johnquil McRae as well as several great grandchildren; he has five surviving siblings: Mary Johnson of Alexandria, VA, Betty Burke of High Point, NC, Gail Goddard of Pleasantville, NJ, Johnny Pierce (Linda) of Capitol Heights, MD and Willie Pierce, Jr. of Springfield, MA; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Shep was predeceased by his mother, Josephine Sheppard Pierce; sister, Annette Pierce and many other relatives.
A Memorial service will be held at 1pm Friday, December 8, 2023 at Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. Calling hour will be 12pm until the time of service. Interment will be private.