TRURO, N.S. – A longstanding holiday tradition that honours the memory of a well-known Truro man and raises funds for post-secondary education is quickly approaching.
The 30th annual Jamie Shephard Memorial Boxing Day party will be held Dec. 26 at Belly Up BBQ and Grill.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by a DJ from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. A $7 cover charge will be donated to the Jamie Shephard Memorial Fund.
“The thing that really stands out for me now is the fact that it’s 30 years,” said Don Cameron, a member of the Jamie Shephard Memorial Fund committee. “It goes to show that people are supporting it and keeping his memory alive, as well as the fact that it provides a real good opportunity to get together at Christmastime and see friends and have a good time together and celebrate life.”
Shephard was an outstanding athlete at Cobequid Educational Centre and later at Mount Allison University. He died in September of 1986 in a car accident at the age of 24. His friend, Dewey Squires, suffered serious injuries in the crash and died almost a year later.
Cameron described Shephard as a “good friend” and “social butterfly,” who made an impression on everyone he came in contact with.
“He was sort of known by everybody,” Cameron said. “He was a character; he liked to joke, he liked to play pranks, he was a real good athlete, very sociable, liked to be sort of in the middle of everything, so he was well known and liked by all who knew him, basically.”
Almost $150,000 has been raised by the Jamie Shephard Memorial Trust Fund committee since 1987. Proceeds go toward two annual CEC scholarships in memory of Shephard and Squires.
“Jamie and Dewey live on in different and positive ways that are benefiting youth who are going to be moving on to play larger roles in the world,” said Cameron.
The Boxing Day event is open to everyone age 19 and older.