TEMECULA, CA -- Shields, Joseph M. Jr. age 59
years, of Temecula, California passed away suddenly from a cardiac
event on September 20, 2017.
Joe is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Consolo) Shields; his
children, Joseph M. III and Haley Morgan; his mother, Marion
Shields; his brother, Marty Shields; sister, Lori (Joe) Nunziato;
and nieces and nephew; Liana Nunziato, Jena Nunziato, and Martin H.
Shields. Joe was predeceased by his father, mentor, and namesake,
Joseph M. Shields Sr.
Joe was born in 1958 and lived in Coeymans Hollow, NY throughout his
childhood. He was a 1976 graduate from RCS Central School District.
In his early career, Joe worked as a brakeman with Conrail for 9
years, before going on to pursue his education in Electrical
Engineering at Union College, in Schenectady, NY.
On August 27, 1988, Joe married the love of his life, Mary Ann and
has been happily married ever since. In 1991, Joe and Mary Ann moved
to California, so that Joe could begin his career as a licensed
Professional Engineer in the division of Electrical Engineering at
Camp Pendleton Public Works. He served as a devoted employee for
over 26 years and had nearly completed his PE licensing requirements
in Civil Engineering at the time of his death. On August 19, 1992
and January 21, 1997, respectively, Joe welcomed his children into
the world, who were the most important part of his life.
Outside of work, Joe spent most of his time embracing life and all
that it had to offer. He made his family his priority and cherished
his children. In many ways, he wasn’t just a son, husband, brother
and father; he was a friend. Joe loved the outdoors, music, going to
the movies; and his favorite sports teams, namely the Yankees, Jets,
and Celtics. Furthermost, Joe loved his past and present dogs,
(Dusty, Kina and Maggie), especially taking them on daily walks.
Joe cared for his family so deeply always ensuring that they’d be
well taken care of. Following his passing, a new furry addition
“Ziggy” with one blue eye, joined Joe’s immediate family. Becoming a
much-needed distraction during this difficult time, and showing his
family that his ability to assure their needs did not end with his
passing. Joe will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held locally at a later date, details to
follow. The family asks you to continue to hold them and Joe in your
prayers during this difficult time.