John F. Shields

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John F. Shields, 57, of Trucksville passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at his home. He was a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin and uncle. He will be greatly missed by everyone who came in contact with him.

Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Edward J. and Gloria E. (Cin) Shields. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Cynthia H. Filo, who passed away Aug. 29, 2010.

He was a 1977 graduate of King's College. He was a member of the Century Club and attended Mass at the Chapel of Christ the King.

He was recently employed by Howell Benefit Services Inc. of Wilkes-Barre. He retired from PG&W after 30 years of service, where he was employed as a computer programmer and payroll supervisor.

In 1974, John became a referee and was a District 2 Chapter PIAA Volleyball official for close to 40 years. He officiated at many games, locally and across the state. He loved working with the kids and coaches. He served as a resident advisor at King's College, where he enjoyed helping the students and tutoring. He also served as the timekeeper for King's men's and women's basketball games.

John served on the board of directors at PG&W Employees Federal Credit Union. He gave generously of himself to many organizations and friends.

Surviving are his brother, Edward J. Shields and his wife, Linda, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; a sister, Gloria Sprankle and her husband, Lee, Altoona; brother-in-law, Frank Filo, Plano, Texas; nieces and nephews, Tracy Lynn Filo, Frank Filo Jr., Michael Shields, Brandon Sprankle, Shannon Sprankle and Amy Shields; and great-niece, Kaya Sprankle.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. No service will be held at this time. Interment will be private at the family's convenience.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his memory to the (

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Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 20, 2013
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