Funeral Arrangements Announced,
Obituary Listed for
Robert "Timbuck" Shields
By Jeff Toquinto
Connect-Bridgeport.com, May 28, 2012
“Timbuck” Shields, a long-time educator and coach, passed
away this morning after a recent battle with health issues, family members
confirmed. The Bridgeport resident was well known for his involvement
in sports, including at the youth and high school levels, as well as the
American Legion ranks.
Shields’ funeral and arrangements will be handled by Amos Carvelli
Funeral Home in Nutter Fort. Paul Carvelli confirmed the viewing will
be Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. The funeral services
will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church.
The love of the game of baseball continued with his family and through
his son Robert, who coaches the Bridgeport High School baseball team.
Shields’ was no novice at the game of baseball. As a youth he progressed
in the St. Louis Browns’ farm system.
The following arrangements were provided by Amos Carvelli Funeral Home:
Robert Lee “Timbuck” Shields, age 84, of Bridgeport passed
away Monday, May 28, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his family. He
was born Dec. 4, 1927 in Clarksburg, a son of the late Russell Shields
and Concetta Cava Shields. His wife, Constance Marie Ielapi Shields, whom
he married June 2, 1956, preceded him in death June 8, 1993.
Surviving are his four children, Lynette Graeber and her husband Steven,
Cynthia Shaw and her husband Mark, Robert Shields, and Michaela Chefren
and her husband Michael, all of Bridgeport. Seven grandchildren, Fallon
Gillum and her husband Chris, Meagan Lee and Steven Brent Graeber, Evan
and Samantha Lee Shaw, Connie and Maxwell Chefren. Two great grandchildren,
Paiton Gillum and Xavier Lee. One sister, Eleanor Alessi of Steubenville,
Ohio, along with several nieces, nephews, and his companion, Dr. E. Joy
In addition to his parents, and his wife, he was preceded in death by
two brothers and two sisters, George “Duke” and Raymon Shields,
Mary Shields Secret and Virginia Shields Lopez.
Timbuck, as he was fondly named by his brother, was a graduate of Washington
Irving High School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary
Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from WVU, having received
a football scholarship and having played baseball as well in 1945 and
1946. Timbuck ended his football at WVU when he signed with the pro baseball
Globe-Miami club in the Class C Arizona-Texas League, affiliated with
the St. Louis Browns (Baltimore Orioles).
Timbuck’s entire professional career was at Flemington High School,
having begun as a teacher and coach in 1953. Of his 18 years coaching
basketball there, he carried an impressive record of 279 wins and 90 losses.
More impressively, he mentored many wonderful teachers and coaches there.
He became principal in 1967 having held that position until his retirement
in 1991. He was the State of West Virginia Administrator of the Year recipient
Timbuck was a member of the 1954 China Dolls, state softball champions.
He touched many young lives in his professional career and coaching career.
From 1987 to present, he was the manager of the Bridgeport American Legion
Post 68. In 1990 his team competed for the American Legion World Series
semifinals, having lost to the eventual champions from Mayo, Maryland.
Of his many accomplishments, Timbuck was also proud to have the tennis
and softball fields dedicated in his name by the Taylor County Board of
Education, located at the Grafton High School Complex. The dedication
took place on May 9, 2009.
He was a member of the Sons of Italy, the Columbian Club, and the All
Saints Catholic Church. His love for baseball was only second to the love
for his family, and his many close friends.
Family and friends will be received at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home,
201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort on Wednesday from 1-8 p.m.. A Vigil Service
will be held in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the All Saints
Catholic Church with Father Harry N. Cramer as celebrant. Interment will
follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made in Timbuck’s memory to the Timbuck Shields Legion Baseball
Scholarship, Wes Banco Bank 1130 Johnson Avenue, Bridgeport, WV 26330.
Memories of Timbuck along with expressions of sympathy may be extended
to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com A Service of Amos Carvelli Funeral