Obituary: Robert W. Shields, coach, mentor and educator for more than 30 years at Milford Public Schools

Robert W. Shields died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, October 27th at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Bob, the son of the late Joseph Shields and Alice Burke Shields, was born in New Haven on October 7th, 1935.

He leaves his wife of 54 years Anne, their son Todd and his wife Sharon and their children Lauren, Alexis and Chloe; their middle son Robbie and his children Mark and Marissa; and their youngest son Craig and his wife Maria and their children Morgan, Riley, Luke and Cameron. In addition, he is survived by his brother Bernard (Wendy) of East Haven and sister Maureen Leonardo (Ernest) and their children.

Upon bob’s discharge from the United States Marine Corps where he served as a Sergeant, he attended Southern Connecticut State University, obtaining a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He began his career at Yale University Law School Library, where he embraced a lifelong passion for Yale Football, attending games with his sons each season. He eventually moved on to a position in the Education Department at Southern, where he remained for nine years.

In 1974, he joined the faculty of the Milford Public Schools, impacting the lives of students across the district as a coach, mentor and educator for more than thirty years. His sense of fairness and integrity impacted the lives of the district teachers, as well, during his tenure as president of the teacher’s union, The Milford Education Association.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30 at St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford, CT 06460. Friends and family may call on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Committal will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name can be made to the Robert Shields Scholarship Fund, Joseph A. Foran High School, 80 Foran Road, Milford, CT 06460.

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