BURLINGTON — Nelson Arthur Shepard passed away at UVM Medical Center on Wednesday May 20, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.
Nelson was born March 9, 1946 in Springfield, Vt., to Paul B. and Mildred (Lane) Shepard. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1964, married Judy Sweet in 1967, and graduated from UVM in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in business. After a brief employment with the IRS, he was drafted into the Army and served in the Vietnam War as a Dog Handler.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Nelson opened his first automobile business. He went on to own and operate several businesses and dealerships over the years, which fueled his love for cars and racing. He retired in 2013 from VT Sports Car. Nelson had a passion for racing-hill climbs, Formula One, rally, as both a spectator and competitor. He enjoyed introducing people into the sport and had acquired many, many friends along the way.
Nelson’s greatest love was his family. He also loved Lake Champlain and had recently bought a house on the lake where his family was able to spend many fun-filled days and evenings creating wonderful memories with “GPa”.
He is survived by three daughters, Beth Greenia and her husband, Mike, of Swanton; Sonia Devareny of St. Albans, and Krispan Hakey and her husband, Scott, of Berkshire; a brother-Paul Shepard and his wife, Joyce, of Lunenburgh, Vt.; a sister- Emily Dionne of Rochester, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Caleb Devarney, Elizabeth Johnson, Abigael Greenia, Rachael Greenia, Hilary Devarney, Grady Hakey, and Parker Hakey; two great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. He is pre-
deceased by his mother and father and two nephews.
The family is planning a celebration of Nelson’s life later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Nelson’s honor to either MISSIONK9RESCUE or K9SFORWARRIORS.