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John V. Shields Jr.

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John V. Shields, Jr.


John V. Shields Jr. (82), former Chief Executive Officer of Trader Joe's Company, passed away on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 after a long illness. John was 82-yrs-old and lived in Thousand Oaks, CA at University Village.
John received his bachelor degree in 1954 and MBA in 1956 from Stanford University. After serving as an artillery lieutenant in the U.S. Army, John started his business career with Macy's in 1958. When John left Macy's after 20 yrs, he was the Senior Vice President of Operations. John moved to Mervyn's in 1978 where he spent the next nine years and retired in 1987 as the Vice President of Operations; John's retirement lasted only five weeks. John's former fraternity brother, Joe Coulombe, offered John a position as President of the Trader Joe's Company. John became the Chief Executive Officer of Trader Joe's in 1989. During John's 12-year tenure as CEO, he grew the company from only 27 stores to a national company with 158 stores in 13 states, increasing sales from $127 mil in 1987 to more than $1.8 bil in 2001. John was named the Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 1993, and in 1994, he was honored as the Retailer of the Year by the Institute of Retail Management at California State University, L.A.
John is survived by son, John (Sandy) Shields III; daughters, Kathleen (Kelly) Shields and Karen (Kerry) Haake; son, Michael Shields; and five grandchildren, Courtney, Dominic, Cassidy, Michaela and Cole.
A Vigil will be held Nov 5th from 5-7pm at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Mortuary in Westlake Village, CA. The Funeral Mass will be held Nov 6th at 10:30am at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 5, 2014
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