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Francis Shields Obituary

Francis James Shields
Shields, Francis James

March 7, 1927 - December 3, 2017
Born in Cleveland, Ohio
Resided in North Canton, Ohio


Francis James Shields was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 7, 1927. The family moved to Canton shortly after his birth and he resided in the Canton-North Canton area until his death on December 3, 2017. Francis graduated from Canton McKinley High School in 1945. He was called into the United States Navy after graduation and recalled to serve during the Korean Conflict. After military service he went on to graduate from The Ohio State University. He was the owner and the F.J. Shields Real Estate Agency, member of Canton First Friends Church, faithful member of North Canton McDonalds coffee group, served on boards of Stark County Young Life and Stark County Prison Ministry, and indulged his passion for running in local races into his 80th year. Francis was preceded in death by his parents. Carl F. and Gladys (Nierath) Shields and brother, Donald. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ellen (Smith) Shields; three children, Linda McAbee (Laura, Sarah), David and Tammi Shields (Ian, Ryan), Barbara and Jim Gemmell (Mary Rose, Cathleen, Jimmy, Philip, Nathan, Shannon, Rachel plus eight great grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Friday at 1pm. in Canton First Friends Church with Pastor Mark Engle officiating. Burial in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. Calling hours will be held two hours prior to the service from 11am-1pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his name to the charity of your choice. To send online condolences please visit


First Friends Church
5455 Market Ave N
North Canton, OH 44714
Friday, December 8, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
First Friends Church
5455 Market Ave N
North Canton, OH 44714
Friday, December 8, 2017
1:00 PM




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