WILLIAM MEAD SHIELDS
William Mead Shields, 81, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2011, at his home in Fort Pierce, Florida after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer. Bill was born on November 17, 1930, at his home on Seminary Hill Road in Carmel, New York to the late Olive Mead and Erwin F. Shields Sr. He is predeceased by his older brother Erwin F. Shields Jr., also of Carmel.
He graduated from Carmel High School in 1948, excelling athletically as a baseball and basketball player, as well as academically in his overall studies.
He attended New Haven Teachers College earning a bachelor’s degree in Teaching and also pitched for the baseball team. After serving in the military as a Marine in the Korean war, he worked for IBM for 26 years as a systems analyst. An avid softball player, he first played with the legendary Jerry’s Allstars of Carmel during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Bill’s passion for the sport was continuous, competing in various leagues in both Florida and the New York Area to the age of 78.
He was a kind and compassionate person, a dear friend to all, known for his wonderful sense of humor and endless jokes as well as having a true affection for nature and animals alike. In his latter life, he took great delight in cooking and delivering meals to the less fortunate with his wife.
Bill will be remembered by his entire family for his infinite devotion and selfless generosity.
He is survived by his most loving and devoted wife Maylu Pellegrino Shields of Fort Pierce, Florida, 2 daughters, Georgette and Terence Lynch of Holmes, N.Y., and Michele Shields; 2 sons, William and Mary Shields of Danbury, Ct., and Bruce and Abby Shields of Carmel, N.Y., 5 grandchildren, Duane, Jason, and Heather Lynch, Courtney and Dylan Shields, and 3 Great-grandchildren, Ryan, Brooke, and Makenzy Lynch. A memorial service will be held at a later date.