Ruthven Rulon Junior Shepherd
Sunrise February 14, 1945 ~ Sunset June 14, 2018
On June 14, 2018 ,Ruthven Shepherd, - beloved husband, father, grandfather & brother - left this world to be in the presence of the Lord. He passed peacefully at home with his family at his side.
He is survived by his loving wife, Annette; children Denise & Tim Goodbrand, David, Heather and Jennifer; grandchildren Levi, Melanie, Emily, Victoria, Amanda & Leah Goodbrand, Courtney, Brooklynn, Mercellino Henry, Drey Shepherd, and Sam & Sia Decore; siblings Gloria, Owen, Janis, Joyce, Gemma, Gail, Joe and Garvin; and a number of extended family members.
Ruthven was born and raised in Trinidad and came to Canada in 1967. He worked for many years in the electrical trade and was deeply devoted to his faith and each church he attended. He will be remembered for his deep love for the Lord, selfless service to all he met and deep appreciation of his brothers and sisters in Christ.
He was deeply dedicated to providing for his family and setting a godly example.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on June 23, 2018 at GraceLife Church (51529A - Range Road 262, Spruce Grove, AB.)
In lieu of flowers please donate towards the establishment of a livestream system for GraceLife Church.
TRANSITION TO A NEW AND BETTER LIFE,,HE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT ,AND FINISH HIS COURSE,GREAT REWARDS AWAITS HIM,,GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY.
We celebrate Junior’s life and home-going to the Hhouse of the Lord Jesus Christ and His promises. Junior, His faithful servant, will be welcomed before Him … “Well done, my good and faithful servant” … “enter into the joy of your master!”
I pray the Lord Jesus provided comfort to Annette, his children, siblings, brothers and sisters in the Lord and numerous friends he touched.
We send our condolence and loving thoughts to Annette and family. We are saddened to hear
of your loss. Ruthven has left a legacy of faith and godliness to his family. We were
enriched to have known Ruthven and are glad he has reached his heavenly home. May your
own happy memories be a source of comfort to you now in the days ahead. With love and
Shirley and Louis Shirvell
To many blessings and further comfort for Annette and the rest of the family. Even though naturally – grieving comes to all, I know in my heart Ruthven would want his life to be celebrated for all the good he has spread to many people and his family, and the new life and new body he has now. He will always be near in spirit.
So thankful to my brother Ruthven who was saved before his Mom and Dad and his siblings. I know he prayed for our salvation and God truly answered his prayer.When he migrated to Canada our home was empty as the Bible said, he was as the salt of the earth that gave our home its flavour.He was faithful and very serious about his faith in God.I remember my mom crying for days and on my parents anniversary, October 1967, she remembered him attending a church on the wharf in San Fernando. I too was affected by his absence so I went along with my parents and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.From thence the other siblings followed and gave their hearts to the Lord.I was impressed by his depth in the Word of God and can recall some sessions he did when he came to Trinidad. )ne that stood out was “Jesus mas our Shepherd and the different titles he shared eg The Good Shepherd” and the different attributes of a shepherd.As the first sibling to pass, it was a lot to deal with, but God in His wisdom does everything well, as the song says “We”ll understand it better by and by.”To Annette my sister in law, nieces, nephew ,grand nephews and nieces, Nephew in law Tim May God comfort you all and guide you all through this time of grief and sorrow. But we do not sorrow as though we have no hope.His promises are true and He will keep you all until you see him again.He will be greatly missed by us all.
Annette, Children and Grandchildren; I pray that the Joy of the Lord be your strength, and our Comforter the Holy Spirit will comfort you and all members of the family at this time. Junior was a loving brother, a friend and adviser to us all. His love for God and his commitment to the things of God are what he lived for. Love you my brother.
A beautiful servant of our Lord and a beautiful man. Our condolences to the family, especially Annette.
To Annette and all the family,
Our hearts were saddened to hear of your loss, but we know Ruthven is now in the joyous presence of Jesus. With great gratitude, we remember how you and Ruthven welcomed and showed us so much kindness and hospitality when we arrived in Edmonton in 1999. We have wonderful memories of ministry with you both at Northgate while we were there. May the same loving arms of Jesus who welcomed Ruthven into heaven, now surround you and your family with comfort and peace in the days to come. Psalm 116: 15 – “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
Steve and I and our family are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Ruthven was a great man of God and a good family man. Unfortunately we were unaware of his passing until a week later. Please accept our sincerest condolences and know you are being upheld by much prayer. Hugs for each of you.