2012-02-02 / Obituaries


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 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. He took great pride in creating many historical albums with an array of topics of Carmel and the Putnam County area. He also took much pleasure in taking long countryside rides with his family.

In his latter life, he enjoyed 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, Fla.; two daughters, Georgette and Terence Lynch of Holmes, N.Y., and Michele Shields; two sons, William and Mary Shields of Danbury, Ct., and Bruce and Abby Shields of Carmel; five grandchildren, Duane, Jason, and Heather Lynch, and Courtney and Dylan Shields; and three Great-grandchildren, Ryan, Brooke, and Makenzy Lynch.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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