MILTON - David Walton Shields of Evergreen Valley Road in Milton, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2012. David was married to Shirley F. (Gray) Shields, originally from Keene, for 65 years.
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David and Shirley resided in Dover, for several years before moving to Milton, where he lived for 22 years.
Mr. Shields retired from Public Service of N.H. December 31, 1991. He was with PSNH for 41 years. At his time of retirement, he was District Manager for the PSNH Rochester Division. He came to Rochester from PSNH's Chocorua District where he served as District Manager.
Mr. Shields joined PSNH in 1950 as a lineman in Keene. He was appointed staff assistant in the Laconia District in November of 1959. He served as a line supervisor in Franklin and Electrical Superintendent in Laconia before being appointed District Manager in Chocorua in November, 1981.
Mr. Shields served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He also served in the 389th Anti-aircraft Reserve Unit for 14 years as a First Sergeant. He was a graduate of Keene High School and attended Air Force training schools as well as PSNH training schools.
Mr. Shields was active in the North Conway Rotary, the Conway Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Ossipee Chamber of Commerce and The Conway Business Development Association.
Mr. Shields also had been active with the Dover/Durham Rotary, the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the Dover Chamber of Commerce. He was Chairman of the Dover Industrial Development Authority and helped start the Dover Economic Development Committee. He was also appointed by Dover City Managers to serve as a member on a screening committee for Economic Director positions and other local officials.
He was also involved with the Franklin Veterans Memorial Ski Area in Franklin, along with being in the Franklin Kiwanis Club and other city organizations.
In his earlier years, he was on the Keene Police Force Dept., Keene, from 1947 to 1950.
After retirement, he worked part-time for the State of N.H. Dept. of Safety Marine Division, from 1992 to 1995, from patrolling waters to teaching safety classes.
Mr. Shields was an avid hiker for many years. He would hike three to four times per week. He hiked in the White Mountains Region along with the Belknap Range. Many other peaks also had been conquered by him. He belonged to a local hiking club. He loved the outdoors and did many outdoor sports from fishing, fly tying, boating, hiking, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, hunting and in his younger years, baseball coach to his two boys.
Dad will be greatly missed by his family.
He is survived by two sons; Timothy David Shields and his fiance Nancy Adams of Dover, Scott Michael Shields and his wife, Belinda, of Campton; a daughter, Sundee (Shields) Dumais, and her husband, Russell, of Gilford; five grandchildren, Kirstin Dickson and her husband Mark of Gilford, Stephanee Dumais of Gilford, Heather (Shields) Fox and her husband Jason of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Jeremy Deroy of Rumney, of N.H. and Joshua Porter and his wife Ann-Louise of Winnisquam; five great grandchildren; Carlie Carson, Evan Dickson & Lili Dumais-Griggs, all of Gilford, Livia Fox of St. Johnsbury, Vermont and Anthony Porter of Winnisquam; a brother, Robert Shields and his wife, Janet, of Florida; a sister, Virginia (Shields) Aaron, of North Carolina and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Carl Gardner Shields and Alice Emeline Shields, and by a sister, Carlene Page.
There will be no calling hours. Private family services will be held at a later date.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
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Published in Fosters from Nov. 13 to Nov. 16, 2012
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