Hockey community mourns the passing of Jim Shepherd

Scottish Hockey is deeply saddened to hear that Jim Shepherd has passed away. Jim was well known across hockey in Scotland and contributed hugely to the sport as a participant, organiser, and for many years in the media.

Jim, known to some as “Mr Wanderers”, joined Dundee Wanderers back in 1958 but his first ‘taste’ of hockey was at the 1954 Boys Brigade International Founder’s Camp at Eton in 1954.

In 1958 Jim worked in the Bonar Long Drawing Office, which he says was a ‘hotbed of hockey’ and it was there that Jim’s passion for the sport began. After one very basic instruction session, Jim played his first game at HMS Condor – the story goes that nobody has any idea what the score was, but for Jim the rest is history.

In the early sixties Jim took over the reins at Dundee Wanderers and was secretary, treasurer, and match secretary of the club.

Jim also had various jobs both with Scottish Hockey and Midland District over the years and worked tirelessly for the sport. He’s was well known for being hockey correspondent for the Dundee newspapers. Very few people have committed the amount of time to hockey, in all capacities, as Jim.

Recently Jim’s hockey archives were donated to Dundee University.

We have been informed that Jim’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 19th June, 12.30pm at Dundee Crematorium.

The thoughts of everyone at Scottish Hockey is with Jim’s family and friends

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