MITSUBISHI Matters has received the below statement from Station Garage Mitsubishi on the very sad passing of Bob Shepherd. We send our condolences to Bob’s family and friends at this time.

“It is with great regret and shock that we at Station Garage Mitsubishi have to announce that our co-founder and Dealer Principal Robert ‘Bob’ Shepherd died suddenly on Sunday of a heart attack, aged 61.

Bob was a well-known and very respected figure in the North East motor trade and Mitsubishi community. Bob was a warm, friendly, larger than life character with a ready smile and amazing memory for people and names. Bob was one of those people that you knew was in the room.

In 1979 Bob teamed up with his business partner Adrian McGregor to start selling performance cars, especially fast Fords, from Torphins. He added 4x4s and this lead to the awarding of a Daihatsu franchise in 1989, and there are still Fourtracks across the North East showing the Station Garage sticker. After opening a showroom in Aberdeen in 1998, Station Garage won the Mitsubishi franchise for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Bob was a true car enthusiast sponsoring the Granite City Rally and entering Mitsubishi EVOs on SRC events that saw his cars win the Granite and Speyside rallies. In recent years Bob’s love of classic and performance cars saw him build a significant stable of cars that he loaned out to Grampian Transport Museum, AllFord and various other classic car events.

Bob was proud that Station Garage was the only independent new car franchise left in Aberdeen and this was not just down to Bob but also the capable and enthusiastic team he built around him.

Bob is survived by his wife Lesley, his children Greg, Ritchie, Jon and Jodie and his brothers Bill and Iain.

There will be a Celebration of Bob’s life at Mid Deeside Parish Church, Torphins, AB31 4JQ on Tuesday March 6, at 11am.

Family flowers only please but donations at church door if so desired to Bob’s chosen charities.”