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Robbie Shepherd MBE

We have heavy hearts today at VSA, as we learned of legendary Scottish Broadcaster, Robbie Shepherd's MBE passing.

Robbie was a legend in his own right with his successful career, but to us at VSA and especially our trainees at Easter Anguston Farm he was a huge supporter and always gave up his time to visit and help at the farm. Robbie was also a former trustee of VSA and a member of the Farm Advisory Group for Easter Anguston Farm.

Our Honorary President, Fiona Kennedy, OBE, DL kindly told us about Robbie, “ Robbie, as you know, was a wonderful and unique man who never lost sight of his roots and was such a tremendous ambassador for the Northeast of Scotland in every way and of course a brilliant friend of VSA. Through music, he connected with millions around the world who tuned in to hear his warmth and familiar brogue. There was no one like him in broadcasting - and he had a twinkle and a sparkle that endeared him to all ages.

Robbie had a special connection and fondness for all the trainees at VSA’s Easter Anguston Farm and I know one of his and their highlights was when he presented the prizes at the annual prize giving. I once had to stand for him and it was clear to me that whilst that was okay with the trainees - there was no-one like Robbie!

Going way back in time Robbie told me that we were connected through my father and father-in-law as Robbie’s first job as an accountant was working for my father-in-law at Claben, a fish company in Aberdeen. And my father Calum Kennedy gave Robbie his first professional job in the theatre at The Tivoli. Pretty amazing and wonderful to hear this from him. Robbie was simply a rare fellow who had time for everyone and always had that great chuckle and smile.

He’ll be remembered for his many qualities - a superb human being, charitable fundraiser, and the epitome of a professional broadcaster.”

Maggie Wilson, another of our Honorary Presidents also said of Robbie, "Robbie was the most wonderful ambassador for VSA for many years but he will be mostly remembered for his hard work supporting the Easter Anguston Farm and for his love ,kindness and enthusiasm he had for all the trainees."

In Fiona’s words, there truly was no one like Robbie, and all of us at VSA send our deepest condolences to his family at this incredibly difficult time.

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