Cluny Sheppard was born in 1946 in Stag Harbour, Fogo Island. He showed his entrepreneurial spirit as a young boy selling newspapers, and later as a door-to-door salesman. In 1962, he began working with Riffs Limited in Lewisporte, and ten years later was recruited by Barwood Holdings to manage their operation in Lewisporte, Notre Dame Agencies, which at the time was a small plumbing and heating business.
In 1975, Cluny purchased Notre Dame Agencies and under his leadership it has grown from a single operation in Lewisporte into a 14 location organization across central and western Newfoundland and Labrador. Notre Dame Agencies has been listed as one of the top 101 companies in Atlantic Canada and in 2003 was listed in the top 100 hardware retailers in Canada. Cluny is also president of Notre Dame Realty which owns and operates building and land properties. Cluny is married to Golda (nee Head) and they have four daughters, and is a proud “poppy” to nine grandchildren.