Leaders don't force people to follow, they invite them on a journey. -Charles S. Laur
  • 28 years old
  • Born on October 13, 1988 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States.
  • Passed away on October 22, 2016 in Forked River, New Jersey, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Franklin R. Sheppard III, 28, born on October 13, 1988 and passed away on October 22, 2016. We will remember him forever.

Franklin R. Sheppard III

Franklin R. Sheppard, III ("Frankie"), age 28, passed away suddenly on October 22, 2016. Frankie was born on October 13, 1988 in Point Pleasant, NJ to Franklin R. Jr. and Mary Ann Sheppard. He attended both Lacey Township High School in Forked River, NJ, and Walkersville High School in Walkersville, MD. He was a gifted soccer player, aspiring boxer, and accomplished physical trainer and fitness instructor, who positively impacted the lives of many. Frankie dedicated his life to helping others succeed, including working extensively with children to build self-esteem and self-defense capabilities. He will be remembered for his passion and gifted ability to motivate others in a positive, constructive, and enjoyable manner. Frankie will always live in the lives of the people who knew and loved him.

Frankie is survived by his mother Mary Ann Sheppard; his father Frank Sheppard and his companion Christine Gelles; and his brothers, Michael and Mark. He leaves his grandmothers, Margaret Rudewicz and Patricia Sheppard; his aunts, Margaret Beach, Tammy McGarrigan, Holly Sheppard and Shannon Maxwell; his uncle, Sean Sheppard. He also leaves many, many dear friends whose lives he touched, and many other family members. He is predeceased by his grandfathers, Edward J. Rudewicz and Franklin R. Sheppard, Sr. 

A viewing will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 10am until 12pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S Main St., Barnegat. A Funeral Liturgey will be held at 1pm at St. Mary's RC Church, 747 W. Bay Ave., Barnegat. Family and friends are encouraged to bring pictures and memories of Frankie. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to benefit youth programs at Bowerhouse Academy, 7311 Grove R. Suite D, Frederick, MD 21704.

Memorial by Bowerhouse Academy, Frederick, MD

We are going to hold a night of recognition and memorial for Coach Frank Sheppard this Sunday night, October 30 at 6pm at Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar located at 41 S. Market St., Frederick MD 21701. Frank's father will be there and I know it will be more than wonderful for him to hear just how much his son changed everyone's life for the better. 

This will be a time for everyone to sign an amazing memorial that Bowerhouse's own and Frank's student, Lauren Noll made from scratch. Thanks, Lauren! It will be a time for all of us to take the time to stand up, tell a story or whatever they want to say in honoring Coach Sheppard. He was a real fighter and all real fighters have chaotic souls, but Frank had the gift to put everything aside and change people's lives for the better, no matter what he had going on in his personal life. He worked relentlessly to better those with physical and mental disabilities, especially when it came to children in need and in empowering women.

Please come and join us in remembering and honoring such a great soul that is Coach Frank Sheppard. All of us, no matter who has any trivial problems with others in the past, let this be a night where we can all come together FOR Frank! He deserves it. His heart and soul deserves it and we owe him at least that. We look forward to seeing you all there. Thank you for your support.

Posted by Margaret Beach & Mary Ann... on 22nd October 2018
Remembering you is easy, I do it every day. Missing you is heartache that never goes away. Love Always, Margie, Steve, Morgan & Mariel
Posted by Holly C Sheppard on 23rd October 2017
Dear little Frankie, One year has passed since we lost you and I cannot still believe you are gone. How I wish I can talk to you and see my kids with you. My kids like all kids were drawn to you. I pray for your mom and dad everyday and your brothers. I know the pain will never ever go away. We have to draw strength from each other and know that you are always with us in our hearts and in our minds. I love you my dear nephew Frankie, Love Aunt Holly
Posted by Mary Sheppard on 14th May 2017
In the silence, mom, you hear me In the silence, I am here. In the silence, you can feel me In the silence, it is clear That my spirit hasn't left you, I am just a thought away. You can see me in the shadows Anytime you look my way. Look for me in the sunshine And in the stars at night. In the wind, trees, and flowers, Everything that is in sight. Talk to me, say my name. Know that I'm still here. In my death I have a new life And one day it will be clear. So talk to me and look for me In everything you do For I haven't gone so far away I'm really right next to you.
Posted by Mary Sheppard on 3rd December 2016
Dear child of mine, who died before your time I am grateful for your life. Though death brought the end of hopes and dreams, Still I am thankful for your life. Through you I have known joy and sorrow, laughter, and tears. Through you my life has been enriched, my compassion heightened. And I am more keenly aware of the grief of others, Still I am thankful for your life. Now I draw upon my memories of you, some happy, some sad. They keep me close in so many ways, they are priceless, precious memories that help me bear the pain. Through them I will learn to live again. I am thankful for your life. I have been blessed by your life and left with your love. I will share that love and strive to be a blessing to others. Dear child of mine, though you died before your time, you are never far away from me. I have locked you in my secret heart of hearts and there I will love you through eternity. I am thankful for your life - dear child of mine.
Posted by Holly C Sheppard on 5th November 2016
Dear Frankie, As I walked around the house trying to tidy up after the 2 tornados left to go to school, your cousins Tony and Alyssa. I was in Alyssa's room and I knocked over your picture , as I picked it up I started having a conversation with you ended up crying and letting u know how much I miss your smile and ur sparkling eyes. A little bit later I again was in Alyssa's room and I knocked over another photo, yes she has 2of you! I look it as sign that you hear me and you will always watch over us! I miss you and always will love you! Love Aunt Holly
Posted by Margaret Beach & Mary Ann... on 4th November 2016
Frankie had a big heart and spirit that touched everyone. He always had a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He was passionate about physical fitness and found his purpose in supporting and training others on their transformative journeys. He was very much loved and will be missed. We feel his presence always as he lovingly looks down on us from heaven. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:38-39 We will love him always – Aunt Margie, Uncle Steve, Morgan & Mariel
Posted by Mary Sheppard on 31st October 2016
Lonely is the home without you, Life to us is not the same; All the world would be like heaven, If we could have you back again. A light is from our household gone, A voice we loved is still, A place is vacant in our home, That never can be filled. May the God of Love and Mercy, Care our loved one who is gone, And bless with consolation, those left to carry on. The happy hours we once enjoyed, How sweet their memory still, But death has left a vacant place, This world can never fill. How dearly we loved you, And prayed you might live, But Jesus just beckoned, And we had to give. God gave us strength to bear it, And courage to fight the blow, What it has meant to lose you, God alone will ever know.
Posted by Liss Mendoza on 30th October 2016
My deepest condolences to the parents of Frank, he was a very special person. I met him at BH as my daugther coach. He was an excellent coach with kids, sweet, caring and patient. Our hearts still ache in sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with the Sheppard Family. A golden heart stopped beating, we could not make you stay. God took you home to prove us He only takes the best. We miss you and miss you forever. REST IN PEACE FRANKIE ...

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