Obituary: Gill Sheppard

Published on: 18th September 2023

Gill Sheppard, the owner of Rainbow Toys in Midsomer Norton, has passed away following a short battle with cancer.

Gill and her husband, Julian

Toy World is sad to report that the popular independent West Country retailer Gill Sheppard passed away on 7th September after a 19-month battle with cancer.

Gill and her husband Julian ran Rainbow Toys of Midsomer Norton. Gill’s friend and colleague Keith Elmer told Toy World: “They were successful and immensely popular members of both Concorde and Youngsters Buying Groups for many years, and they epitomised all that was good about independent, family run toy shops.”

Keith added: “Gill will be remembered for her infinite charm and gracious nature to all customers and suppliers alike.”

Toy World would like to express its condolences to Julian and the rest of Gill’s family at this time.


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