William Ramsay Shields

January 26, 1936 - July 13, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: July 22, 2018

A Celebration of Bill's life will take place on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rec Hall at the Apple Valley Campground, 1053 Rt. 109, in Acton, ME. Songs stories, prayers and light refreshments will be had as a dear man is remembered with love.

William Ramsay Shields passed away peacefully at home in the loving arms of his family on July 13, 2018.

He was born in 1936 to John and Katherine Shields in Troy, NY, he is survived by his loving wife Sandra (Gustafson) of New Sweden, ME; his son Jack (and wife Deanna) of Chester, NH; his daughter Kristina (and husband Eric) of Brockton MA; and his brother Peter Shields (and wife Pat) of Reading MA. He was the beloved “Bah Pooh” to his grandchildren Annika, Katarina, Gunnar, Nikolas, Travis and Jillian. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews who all loved and were so loved by “Uncle Bill”.  His sister Kitty Peg Brown predeceased him in 1984.

Bill served his country in the Korean War, and was a long time resident of Chelmsford MA. For many decades of his life he spent weekends and summers with family and friends on Wilson Lake in in Acton, ME. He retired after 50+ years as the President of the company he founded, Janis Research.  An employee owned manufacturer of cryogenic systems, Janis – like its founder Mr. Shields – had a fun, knowledgeable and productive company culture.  Bill created a thriving company and an enjoyable work atmosphere, and prided himself on the livelihood of close to 100 happy and successful employees.

Upon his retirement he moved full time to Acton, where he served as Selectman. His many years of business acumen and fiscal responsibility were helpful in managing the growing community, but it was his friendly manner and caring heart that will be most remembered among local residents.

As a Deacon of Acton Congregational Church, Bill could be found every Sunday in his favorite pew, his booming voice singing the hymns of the week’s sermon. He provided support and direction for his and wife Sandra’s beloved Congregation and his absence will surely be felt on Sundays, as well as during the church’s Bean Suppers at which he was staple in the kitchen cooking up the hot dogs.  He never shied away from volunteering to help the congregation, from taking the trash to the transfer station to filling the oil in the sanctuary candles.

Above all, Bill was a man dedicated to his family and friends. He valued nothing more than the happiness of his “bride”, children and grandchildren, the smile and laughter of close friends and neighbors, and a cold Coors Extra Gold.  Bill brought joy to everyone he encountered; he always offered a greeting of “Howdy” with a firm handshake and genuine smile, and he was known for the twinkle in his eye when he complimented the “bevy of beauties” that knew him. All will miss his charm and humor, and he will be forever remembered in the hearts of those who loved him and those who knew him well.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rec Hall at the Apple Valley Campground, 1053 Rt. 109 in Acton, ME.  Songs, stories, prayers and light refreshments will be had as a dear man is remembered with love.  BYOB is welcome!

Donations may be made in his memory to Acton Congregational Church or to the Salvation Army.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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