Peter J. Shields, 57, of Glenmoore, a business development manager for a commercial flooring company, died Monday, Feb. 27, of esophageal cancer at his home.
For the last year, Mr. Shields was employed by Dur-A-Flex Inc., a corporation in East Hartford, Conn., that sells industrial flooring systems and the epoxies and urethanes needed to seal them. His territory was the East Coast, and he traveled frequently on business, said his daughter, Becky.
In a career stretching back to the 1980s, he also had been employed by Valspar Corp., a manufacturer of paint and coatings in Minneapolis.
“He loved it, especially working with people,” said his daughter. “He was passionate about the job and knowledgeable about the products.”
Mr. Shields’ gift of gab stood him in good stead both on the job and in private life. “He would be out to dinner and strike up conservation with the people at the next table," she said. "He would find common ground. He would talk to anyone.”
Born in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, Mr. Shields was known as “Roxborough Pete,” his daughter said. His parents were Peter F. and Geraldine R. McMahon Shields. Mr. Shields graduated in 1978 from Roman Catholic High School and studied for a year at Montgomery County Community College.
He spent much of his time outdoors, running and cycling. He played soccer until his 30s, and when he gave that up, he coached his three children in the sport. He attended the games of his nieces and nephews.
During the summer, he spent time at the family’s second home in Longport, N.J., where he fished from his boat, the Spoonfed.
“He was a grill master and savored every lick of life,” his family said.”His passion for life radiated and influenced everyone around him.” He was especially known for his tasty barbecued fish, chicken and ribs.
A positive force in life and a gentleman, he liked to telephone his siblings and friends daily. “He lived life in a big way and enjoyed every moment,” his family said.
Besides his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 32 years, Christine Gallagher Shields; children Peter J. and Brendan; four brothers; three sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the James Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. There will be another viewing from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, March 6, followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 120 St. Elizabeth Dr., Chester Springs. Interment will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422.