Gordon Sheppard (1937-2006)
Visitation will take place on Thursday, February 23rd from 2 to 5pm and from 7 to 9pm in the evening, and again Friday the 24th at 9am. All this will be at Alfred Dallaire Memoria on St. Laurent and Rachel in the downstairs space where Sheppard had his photographic exhibition of Watervisions last summer. The funeral will take place Friday 11am at St. George's Church on Peel and LaGauchetiere. (online guestbook)
View some of my photos of the reception, after the funeral services. I didn't take many. The whole funeral was filmed as were the last several months apparently. Look for a documentary film as directed by Francine Pelletier, journalist and filmmaker.
'His brilliance broke down barriers'
Gordon Sheppard was an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and author perhaps best known for HA!, his book about the suicide of Quebec literary luminary and separatist Hubert Aquin.
Sheppard died of cancer Sunday at the Montreal General Hospital at age 68.
"He was at the front ranks of whatever he was doing, be it filmmaking, photography, writing, or restoring and renovating a Victorian home," veteran Montreal film producer Harry Gulkin said. "He was at an extreme level of being there, no matter what he was into.
"Gordon was not a shy person. His brilliance broke down barriers. He not only moved but was accepted in French circles.
"He had a facility and an ability to get into the culture. He mastered the French language, both spoken and written. While he retained a certain order of personal priorities - he was a strong federalist all his life - his brilliance broke down barriers. He counted separatists among his closest friends."
Gordon Harry Sheppard was born in Montreal on April 9, 1937. He grew up in Toronto, where his father was president of IBM Canada. Sheppard obtained a bachelor of arts degree in political science and economics from the University of Toronto in 1957, then spent three years studying history at Oxford University, where he obtained his master's degree. Montreal Gazette paid subscription
Ron Burnett, B.A., M.A. (Film and Com.), Ph.D. (Com.), McGill University, muses on the work of Hubert Aquin in a couple of his recent weblog posts.
Toronto Star Obit. (link is already bad as of 10 March 2006.)
Globe & Mail Obit.
Marilyn Gear-Pilling on Gordon Sheppard.