Hay­ward Shep­pard built his busi­ness in Labrador West

The con­nec­tion with com­mu­nity be­gan in 1966

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page -

The com­mu­nity of Labrador West is for­tu­nate to have so many pioneers among its cit­i­zens.

With years of liv­ing here, they have ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge wor­thy of shar­ing.

Among them are folks like Hay­ward Shep­pard, who has been a Labrador West res­i­dent for a very long time.

He ar­rived in Labrador West in July,1966, and his wife Jean fol­lowed a month later. When they ar­rived, the com­mu­nity was in its in­fancy and hous­ing was a real chal­lenge. They be­gan their time in Labrador West as board­ers with Pat and Eileen Shanks. There were not yet enough homes avail­able for those who came.

Hay­ward and Jean, as time passed, raised three chil­dren: two girls and one boy. Hay­ward started his work­ing ca­reer with the Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada and later had a six-year run with Wabush Mines.

Then he stepped away from min­ing, to be­come an en­tre­pre­neur in the men’s cloth­ing busi­ness from 1976 un­til 1979.

Af­ter a brief stint back in his home­town in Lewis­porte, Hay­ward re­turned to Labrador West to work at the Cap­tain Wil­liam Jack­man Hospi­tal in Labrador City as a main­te­nance worker. He re­mained on this job un­til 1989.

In 1990, Hay­ward be­gan his ca­reer do­ing what those who know him rec­og­nize as his Hay­ward Shep­pard.

wheel­house. Ranger Lake For­est Prod­ucts was the com­pany that Hay­ward formed and has worked at ever since.

His log­ging and sawmill oper­a­tion serves the min­ing sec­tor and ser­vice in­dus­tries, through­out Labrador West. The com­pany pro­duces cus­tom-built pal­lets, boxes, crates and crib­bing for the min­ing sec­tor.

While his shop is a place of busi­ness and work, you al­ways get a warm and invit­ing feel­ing when you en­ter. When you walk through the door, you are al­ways greeted with a hearty hand shake and a big smile from Hay­ward.

There will al­ways seem to be time for a yarn and the work will al­ways seem to get done. He has some­how man­aged to har­ness his time and dis­trib­ute it in such a way that no job or no op­por­tu­nity for a per­sonal en­counter is ever com­pro­mised.

Hay­ward has, over all these years, qui­etly made a huge and pos­i­tive im­pact in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He is a very hum­ble man who de­flects any praise for his many acts of kind­ness but, at the end of the day, the many vol­un­teer hours he has given to the com­mu­nity can never truly be mea­sured.

GARY SHAW/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

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