2017-06-14 / Obituaries

Frank T. Shields

Frank T. Shields, 66, of Downsville, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, as a result of complications from injuries while a victim of a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident on Friday, June 9, in Downsville.

Frank was born in Paterson, N.J. on February 15, 1951, the son of Frank Francis and Florence Shields. He moved to Downsville as a young man. Frank was a gifted horseman and a professionally trained farrier. He practiced both of these crafts for many years at Round Up Ranch in Downsville.

He also participated in the weekly Saturday Night Rodeo, his favorite being the bull riding segment of the show. He travelled the east coast on occasion to test his skills at various rodeos. He “Won the Day” (also known as the ‘All Around Cowboy’) at a professional rodeo held at Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass., in the early 1980s, having scored the highest in more than one of the four events.

After Round Up Ranch, he worked various jobs locally. He always dubbed himself “The Jack of all Trades and Master of None,” he was often at the ready to help a stranger or a lifelong friend.

Through the years nothing was more important to Frank than his son, Frank Francis and his two grandchildren, Anthony and Tyler Shields. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his grandchildren, attending their school sporting and scholastic events as a rule.

Most recently, if you met him on the street, the conversation would quickly turn to Anthony’s successful completion of Correction Officer Training, or Tyler’s up-coming high school graduation, where she will deliver the Salutatorian Address. Only his death could have prevented him from attending this event. There will be an empty chair with the Shields family in the audience, as a tribute to his love and support.

Frank is survived by his son Frank and his fiancée Julie De Angelis, his grandchildren Anthony, Tyler and Little Frankie, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and community friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Alice Shields Martin, and both of his parents; his father when he was five years old - his mother lived a long healthy life.

If you knew Frank, you knew he was not one to stand on ceremony. At his request there will be no funeral service. A Celebration of Life luncheon will take place in town at the convenience of the family.

His afterlife care has been entrusted to Courtney Funeral Home, Walton. Condolences to the family may be made online at

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice, or Tyler’s education. (She will attend Keuka College majoring in psychology in the fall.) Contributions in her name may be mailed to: Tyler Shields, 27762 Hwy. 206, Downsville, NY 13755.___________________

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