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Labrador West Pioneer: Hayward Sheppard

Hayward Sheppard.
Hayward Sheppard. - Gary Shaw

Hayward Sheppard built his business in Labrador West




The community of Labrador West is fortunate to have so many pioneers among its citizens.

With years of living here, they have experience and knowledge worthy of sharing.

Among them are folks like Hayward Sheppard, who has been a Labrador West resident for a very long time.


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He arrived in Labrador West in July,1966, and his wife Jean followed a month later. When they arrived, the community was in its infancy and housing was a real challenge. They began their time in Labrador West as boarders with Pat and Eileen Shanks. There were not yet enough homes available for those who came.

Hayward and Jean, as time passed, raised three children: two girls and one boy. Hayward started his working career with the Iron Ore Company of Canada and later had a six-year run with Wabush Mines.

Then he stepped away from mining, to become an entrepreneur in the men’s clothing business from 1976 until 1979.

After a brief stint back in his hometown in Lewisporte, Hayward returned to Labrador West to work at the Captain William Jackman Hospital in Labrador City as a maintenance worker. He remained on this job until 1989.

In 1990, Hayward began his career doing what those who know him recognize as his wheelhouse. Ranger Lake Forest Products was the company that Hayward formed and has worked at ever since.

His logging and sawmill operation serves the mining sector and service industries, throughout Labrador West. The company produces custom-built pallets, boxes, crates and cribbing for the mining sector.

While his shop is a place of business and work, you always get a warm and inviting feeling when you enter. When you walk through the door, you are always greeted with a hearty hand shake and a big smile from Hayward.

There will always seem to be time for a yarn and the work will always seem to get done. He has somehow managed to harness his time and distribute it in such a way that no job or no opportunity for a personal encounter is ever compromised.

Hayward has, over all these years, quietly made a huge and positive impact in the local community.

He is a very humble man who deflects any praise for his many acts of kindness but, at the end of the day, the many volunteer hours he has given to the community can never truly be measured

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