It is with profound sadness that the family of William Clarence Shields of St. Albert, Alberta announce his peaceful passing on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at the age of 84 years after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Colleen (née: Beattie); three children: Jon (Annique), Megan (Dean) and Paul (Michelle); five grandchildren: Madeleine, Félix, Benoît, Julia (Jay) and Owen; sisters-in-law, Pat Shields and Jan Shields as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Clarence Shields and Nora Dionne; brothers, Jack and Tom and his sister, Betty.
Bill was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where he grew up and attended St. Joseph Catholic High School. Bill moved to Edmonton in 1952 where he finished high school at Alberta College and met several lifelong friends. Bill worked several jobs for Imperial Oil and Hudson’s Bay Company until moving to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction in 1970 and met his soulmate Colleen. After Bill and Colleen were married in May of 1970, they moved to The Pas, Manitoba and then to High Prairie, Alberta where Bill was involved in Adult Education at the Alberta Vocational Centre. Bill finished his Master of Business Administration in 1974 and worked for the Ministry of Advanced Education for the Government of Alberta until 1982. Bill then worked as a management consultant until he was appointed as a member of the National Parole Board, where he served from 1993 to 1998. Bill was a member of the Criminal Injury Review Board until 2014.
Since his move to St. Albert in 1975, Bill was heavily involved in his community. He passionately served as a city councilor from 1977 to 1986, was on the Sturgeon General Hospital Board from 1980 to 1986, was on the St. Albert Library Board from 1984 – 1986 and was on the Board of Trustees of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools from 1989 to 1992. Bill was instrumental in the planning of St. Albert Place, a building that continues to act as a hub of the Community. Bill also served on the stewardship committee of the building of Holy Family Parish, the Edmonton Regional Planning Commission from 1983 to 1986 and the Board of St. Andrew Lodge. More recently, Bill was Chair of Catholic Social Services Sign of Hope Campaign, was active in the Festival of Trees, and continued to be active in his community. Bill had an incredible sense of humour and loved meeting and talking to people. Bill was undyingly loyal to friends and family, was well known for his principles and always stood up for things he believed in. He will be missed.
Due to restrictions from COVID-19, a private family ceremony will be held in the coming weeks and a Celebration of Bill’s Life will happen in July 2021.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made in Bill’s name to Sign of Hope, Catholic Social Services https://signofhope.cssalberta.ca/ and/or to Youville Home, 9A St Vital Ave, St. Albert, AB T8N 1K1.
The family would like to express their special gratitude to the staff of the Youville Home, Bill’s home for the past year. Your caring, support and compassion for Dad will always be remembered.