Girl vows to follow in dad's steps

A 13 YEAR-OLD girl has vowed to become a mechanic to carry on the memory of her father. Shakira Sheppard found the body of her dad Tim in the lounge of his flat in Coleridge Road, Weston. The 39-year-old retired army soldier had suffered a heart attack. T

A 13 YEAR-OLD girl has vowed to become a mechanic to carry on the memory of her father.Shakira Sheppard found the body of her dad Tim in the lounge of his flat in Coleridge Road, Weston. The 39-year-old retired army soldier had suffered a heart attack.The Wyvern Community School pupil, who lived with Tim, said: "I want to be a mechanic and work in a garage so I can carry on the things my dad taught me."Some of the best memories of my dad was of him doing his two cars up and letting me help and of going scrambler biking with him and my uncle."He should have died when he was older as he told me ages ago how he wanted more children and to live somewhere else."The last time I saw my dad was when he pulled up at the shops the night he died and asked if I was staying at my friend's house. He had gone to the shop because he thought he had indigestion."When I came back to the flat later I couldn't get in so I had to stay at a neighbour's house. I though it was weird when dad hadn't phoned by the early hours of the morning."The next day I asked another neighbour to climb through the window and he let me in. I checked the bedrooms and kitchen and then found my dad in the lounge."I tapped him and shook him and asked him to wake up."When the paramedics got there they told me he'd passed away that night. He was a very good dad and a loving man. He went to Weston Wheels regularly and also liked to play pool. He took part in some competitions."If I could sum my dad up in three words it would be funny, enthusiastic and sarcastic."Tim's funeral took place on Wednesday at Weston Crematorium in Ebdon Road, Worle.


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