Our hearts are broken but his spirit is embedded in all of us. Father of Tyler, Zachary, Kelsey, Darien, husband of Jill (Schwartzberg), son of Dr. Lawrence Shields and Gail (Shapiro), brother of Julie, adored friend. Born 1967, Vandenberg AF Base, CA, raised in Lawrence, LI, graduated NYU. Self-described "serial entrepreneur" and visionary founder of Esquire Bank, LawCash, Yield Street. Helped create the American Legal Finance Association. Philanthropist. Author of God Went Fishing and The Urgency of Now. Dennis had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, encyclopedic mind, brilliant wit. A storied raconteur, his own fiction best describes him: "A handsome kind man who led an idyllic life, often offensive, sometimes poignant, occasionally edifying and always funny. " "Some say he has the mind of an Einstein, the wit of Oscar Wilde, and the good looks of a movie star. Others don't. He is a citizen of the world."

Published by New York Times from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14, 2018.
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Sometimes a thoughs across my mind and I think of the sweet, beauiptiful boy who was my son. He is always with me and I pretend he is still living in trump Towers and has an assignment I need to finish.

Dennis will never be gone for he is with all of us who knew and loved him. Rest In Peace, but know you are always loved.
January 12, 2020
My heart aches for you Bethenny. Dennis loved you to the moon and back.....
Cynthia Hernandez
August 21, 2018
The very last, and ONLY time that I played golf through a drenching storm was with Dennis. By the 5th hole the rain was coming down so hard, I was sure that somewhere nearby Noah was starting to build another boat. Dennis thought, no, more accurately, he practically insisted that we finish the round. There were only 13 holes left anyway. It struck me then that this guy will go to all lengths to finish what he started, was determined to see things through and persevered with gusto. He was truly a spectacular force of nature !!! We are all lessened by his passing, but grateful that we had a lot of quality time with him in life ! Rest in peace, friend !
George Farkas
August 15, 2018
Dear Jill and family,
So sorry for your loss. Sending deepest sympathy.
August 14, 2018
Rest in peace Dennis. Bethenny and your family will miss you forever.
susan painter
August 14, 2018
Grief can be so very hard, but our special memories can help us to cope. Remember them today and always. 1 Corinthians 15:26.

August 14, 2018
My condolences Mrs. Jill Sheilds and Family.

I know none of you personally. Just felt the need to send my prayers.

Mr. Dennis Sheilds God Speed.
Nothings but blessings.

Sandra Hungerford-Wallace
Sandra Hungerford-Wallace
August 14, 2018
A gifted, beautiful man. It was a privilege to know him and an honor to be his friend I will miss you my brother.
Justin Hott
August 13, 2018
Dennis, I know it seems crazy but I just can't process that you're gone. I'm hoping that somehow this is just a big mistake or a bad dream. We were physically apart for years but always kept tabs - only to come together in the past two years and pick up where we left off. I love you and always will. You opened my eyes to a world of endless possibilities and I admire and respect you beyond words. Thanks for being one of my best friends who never left my side through over 30 years. See you on the other side. As I've begun to shed tears - some of sadness and others as I fondly remember all of the good times -please make sure to keep a spot for me at your table in heaven.
I miss you so much!!!
Andrew Koven
Andrew Koven
August 13, 2018
Dennis was a brilliant man with a huge heart. He was a mensch- a kind and generous man who will be missed. Toni and Walter Wortman
Toni Wortman
August 13, 2018
My deepest condolences to the Shields family. I have had the pleasure of working with Dennis at the bank for many years and my heart breaks for everyone who was connected to him. He truly was a great man and his legacy will carry on through his family. May you rest in peace Dennis and may the entire family find comfort and peace as time goes on during this difficult time.
Jean Tortoriello
August 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Dennis.
Susan Painter
August 13, 2018
gail larry jill and family my condolence i am saddened still have memories of dennis driving my car
neal forman
August 13, 2018
Michele Leone
August 13, 2018
So sad rest easy
August 13, 2018
I met Dennis back in 1998. His character as an individual was extremely admirable. I am very saddened by his passing. He was a very inspirational man. I only wish I was half the man he IS. I would be an impeccable person! Have fun in heaven. Greg Broccoli
Gregory Broccoli
August 12, 2018
no words can express how sorry and how sad i am for dennis, his family his/our friends.
pure disbelief. rip dennis
jill post
August 11, 2018
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