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SHIELDS, George GEORGE EDWARD SHIELDS A big smile, a wisecrack and a warm hug; on these things you could count when encountering George Shields. He was the type of man people just enjoyed being around. George Edward Shields, 69 formerly of Marietta, died March 5th, 2012 in Cape Canaveral Florida after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family. A funeral service is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Rd in Marietta. Born February 1, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY. to George Joseph Shields and Dorothy Shields, he was the only boy of four children. As a boy, he attended St Johns Preparatory school in New York and later, St. John's University from which he graduated in 1964. He served in the US Army from 1965-1967. On May 27th, 1967 he married Lucy Cordero, also of Brooklyn, NY. They were blessed with two sons, George Timothy ("Tim") and Theodore ("Ted") who throughout their adulthood enjoyed a close friendship with their Dad. In 1972, he relocated his young family to Georgia with the Coca Cola company and they built their life in Marietta, Georgia. George enjoyed a long and successful career as an International Controller for Coca Cola traveling the globe, but always made time to be present for his sons' many sporting events and school activities. He retired in the late 90s, moving further south to Merritt Island, Florida where the warmer client suited him. He spent many years at the beach with friends enjoying the weather and keeping fit. An avid sports fan, George loved the NY Mets, the NY Giants of course St. Johns Basketball. He would often be found watching a game with his sons while offering up the occasional wry observation on politics, sports or life in general. He also enjoyed reading, listening to music, and exercising. In 2004, George became a grandfather to Ava, followed in 2006 by George Austin. He enjoyed spending time with them in Atlanta whether reading to them, pushing them on the swings or kicking around the soccer ball. He leaves behind his sons George Timothy and Theodore Shields, grandchildren Ava and Austin, sisters Dorothy Cutter and Ann Shields. Nieces Mary Abrahamsen and Carolyn Cutter, Godson and Nephew Edward Cutter as well as countless family friends.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 14, 2012
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