It is with great sadness that the Waverley Web posts on the death of Avril Shepherd – the wife of Wildlife Artist the late David Shepherd.
Avril, who was known by many Hascombe and Godalming residents, was the extraordinary family matriarch who enabled much of her husband David’s success both as a famous wildlife artist and conservationist. Avril worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure David’s work, clients and the Foundation he cherished were looked after with the same grace, kindness and quiet determination, she also displayed caring for her family and friends.
Avril was a Trustee of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) for over 12 years between 2003 and 2015. She was a lifelong friend and guiding light to so many of DSWF’s wonderful conservation partners, friends and supporters.
Whilst Avril dazzled internationally at prestigious art galleries and events alongside David, she was just as much at home in nature and the wilderness of Africa. She calmly entertained the often wild and wonderful ideas which took her, David and their family to far-flung corners of the world. She was a fierce advocate in her own unwavering way for conservation and for all those who fought for the places and species she loved. Many of us remember her for her warm welcome and generous hospitality as she supported the work of DSWF.
Despite an adventurous life, Avril treasured quiet family time above all else and, with David, leaves a lasting legacy of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she inspired to respect and fight for the natural world.
Click here to learn more about DSWF, its impact and how you can help to support the wildlife that Avril so dearly loved.