'Well-recognised figure' in Congresbury dies aged 68

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 May 2017

Andrew Sheppy on his farm in Congresbury. Picture: Jeremy Long

Andrew Sheppy on his farm in Congresbury. Picture: Jeremy Long

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A 'community-minded' man who 'loved Congresbury' and was a 'well recognised figure around the village' has died aged 68.

Former Congresbury parish councillor Andrew Sheppy, whose ‘passionate knowledge of the village was invaluable’, died suddenly this week.

Andrew lived in Congresbury all his life, and was an expert farmer.

Villagers Mary Short and Michael Greaves said: “Andrew Sheppy was a well-recognised figure around the village. The archetypal rustic, in his well-worn boiler suit, dirty green wellies, shapeless hat and bushy beard, his educated tones when he spoke came as a shock.

“But Andrew was a man of many talents, devoted not only to his rare-breed Dexter cattle and poultry, but also as a musician, organist, choir conductor, and possessor of a fine bass voice.

“He was also a very community-minded man. His passionate knowledge of the village was invaluable.

“Part of the old village is gone, but memories of Andrew will survive.”

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