The Obit For Robert Shields

Funeral Arrangements Announced, Obituary Listed for

Robert "Timbuck" Shields
By Jeff Toquinto, May 28, 2012

Robert L. “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 Lynch.

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 in 1984.

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 A Service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.