Richard Duncan "Dick" ShepherdRichard Duncan "Dick" Shepherd, 61, of Troy, Virginia, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.Dick was born in Arlington, Va. on December 28, 1953. He grew up in Severna Park, Md., and graduated from Severna Park High School in 1971. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a B.A. in Philosophy, and in 1980 received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Over the course of a 35-year legal career, he was employed by the firms of Musselman and Associates of Charlottesville and Ragsdale Beales Seigler of Atlanta, Ga., and then by Saxon Capital, Inc. of Richmond, Va., where he served as general counsel to the company prior to its acquisition by Morgan Stanley in 2006. He thereafter had a private practice in Troy, Va., and worked at Sun Trust Mortgage in Richmond as a special projects attorney focusing on vendor contacts and Federal mortgage compliance issues.Dick also was a regular panelist for the Max Gardner Bankruptcy Bootcamp, based in North Carolina. He helped lead in-depth programs nationwide training bankruptcy attorneys to defend homeowners in mortgage-related litigation. His mentor and founder of the Bootcamps, Max Gardner, said, "Dick was my friend and my personal mortgage mentor. I learned more about the mortgage business from Dick than I could have ever discovered on my own. He was a true treasure for me and for all of our Boot Camp grads." His involvement with Max's program was for Dick perhaps the accomplishment of which he was most proud.Dick was a loving, hard-working and devoted husband. He and his wife, Millie, celebrated their 20th anniversary on July 15 of this year. He was an avid cyclist, enjoyed figure skating, and "hot" yoga. He loved his farm in Troy, and together with Millie they spent many happy years clearing and creating walking paths and groves with views. Dick loved many types of music and especially traditional Bluegrass and hearing his grandson Ethan play the banjo. Most recently he spent time at Charlottesville JABA day program, where he made friends and enjoyed their many activities. He also loved riding with his brother, John, as they explored country roads and city streets alike. He and Millie spent many hours riding the back roads and byways of their beloved Louisa County, as well as those in Fluvanna and especially Western Albemarle where he cycled for many years. Most recently, he loved going on golf cart rides around the farm with his grandson, Haden. Dick was a man of faith and loved his church and its community.Dick was the son of Joanne B. Shepherd of Charlottesville and the late Robert Cochran Shepherd also of Charlottesville. He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John E. Shepherd, Jr. and Martisia L. Shepherd; his maternal grandparents, Arthur F. Benton and Marion D. Benton; and his sister, Mary L. Shepherd.Dick is survived by his wife, Millicent C. Travis of Troy; his stepson, Jason P. Aycock and his wife, Amy and their sons, Ethan W. and Haden W. Aycock, also of Troy; his brother, John B. Shepherd and his wife, Marjorie of Free Union, Va. and their children, Sara Dean, Laura Gay, Rosemary Miller and Margaret Shepherd, Dick's goddaughter. Dick is also survived by his brother, James A. Shepherd and his wife, Christine of El Cerrito, Calif. and their children, Benton and twins, Max and Camille. In addition, Dick is survived by his brother-in-law, Stephen J. Travis and his wife, Laurie of Colonial Heights, Va. and their children, Nicole Travis and her daughter, Nathalie, and Emily Travis.His funeral service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Gordonsville, Va., on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. with a reception following in the Parish Hall.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Dick's memory be made to Charlottesville's JABA and the ALS Association, DC/MD/VA Chapter, at www.ALSinfo.org.
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