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VIDEO: Mourners Say Their Final Farewell to Beloved Shelby Fire Chief Gene Shepherd

Fire Chief Gene Shepherd was laid to rest Monday.

Mourners said their final goodbyes to Shelby Township's on Monday during his funeral at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Roseville.

Firefighters and police officers from several nearby communities joined Shelby Township officials and Shepherd's family and friends to honor him. 

Immediately following the service, a mile-long funeral procession, which ran through Shelby Township and had traffic blocked on 23 Mile Road, led Shepherd's friends and family to his final resting place at Christian Memorial Cemetery in Rochester Hills.

Shepherd died May 14 after battling a rare form of cancer for more than two years. He left behind his wife Leann and two daughters Robin and Amy, and six grandchildren. 

After working as a firefighter in Shelby Township for 23 years, .

Several weeks ago, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees agreed to

Daryl Patrishkoff May 22, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Many years ago when I was in high school Gene Shepherd was a friend of mine through Redeemer Baptist Church in Warren, Michigan. As the years went by we lost that connection and I have not had any contact with him. He was a great guy back when we were both young and someone you could count on. I believe as he matured he maintained those characteristics as demonstrated in his family and community service. Clearly he will be missed. I pray for Leann and his family as they deal with this loss, I remember Gene as a great guy and the many miles we rode our touring bicycles together “back in the day.” I know he is in heaven and that gives us all comfort, he will be missed, he made a great impression on his loved ones and the community. May God bless his family.

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