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Joseph M. Shields Jr.

1958 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Joseph M. Shields Jr. Obituary
6/21/1958 - 9/20/2017
Joseph M. Shields Jr., aged 59, passed suddenly from cardiac arrest in his Temecula, CA home. Joe is survived by his loving wife MaryAnn, his children Joey and Haley, his mother Marion, his brother Martin, and his sister Lori, along with all his nieces and nephews.
Joe was predeceased by his father, mentor, and namesake, Joseph M. Shields Sr. On August 27, 1988, Joe married the love of his life. The couple just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary. He was the best husband and friend a wife could ask for and she will cherish these memories forever. As far as a dad is concerned, he is the best, voted #1. He loved his kids to the moon and back, there wasn't a thing he wouldn't do for them. He was an awesome dad and husband.
Joe enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his kids and valued having a close relationship with them. After he moved out of the house, Joey would call every weekend and talk to Joe for hours about sports, politics, and life. He loved mosh-pitting at Joey's concerts and attending basketball and baseball games together. Joe was very proud that Joey graduated from UC Berkeley and after working for two years was accepted into UCLA's Masters of Urban Planning Program where he is currently a first-year student. Haley is a model and when she began going to photo shoots, Joe would tag along, sitting there for hours, studying or reading, making sure she was in good hands. Haley is smarter than her years and the sky is the limit. Haley does very well academically, and if Joe were here today, he would say "that's my girl!" She is presently at Mt. San Jacinto College, deciding which career in the medical field she would like to pursue.
Joe was a professional student who graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY and became a licensed electrical engineer earning his PE. He was also near his completion of his licensing to become a civil engineer. He was a devoted civilian employee of Camp Pendleton of over 26 years and loved his job. He made many friends both among civilians at Public Works and the military base in San Diego. He was known in San Diego as their "go-to guy" and if there was a difficult project, Joe was the person to call. If Joe wasn't working or spending time with his family, he was actively reading the news, giving Maggie the dog belly rubs (or sneaking her treats!), solving Sudoku puzzles, attending concerts, going to movies, or playing air guitar. Joe enjoyed his long walks around the perimeter of Temeku Hills, taking solace in the still night and light exercise. Although Joe appeared rough around the edges, he believed in helping others. If Joe were here, he would urge you to donate blood, become an organ donor, and donate to the .
Please join us for a celebration of Joe's life on November 3rd from 3-6pm at Pat & Oscars in Temecula. Come and tell us your story, because we've heard many good ones and we know there's much more to tell. He would want that! "We choose not to say bye, but I'll see you later. And if I told him I loved him, he would say ditto."
Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 15, 2017
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