Obituary: Gordon Shields (74)

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Mr Gordon Shields died on November 3 in Melton Hospital, aged 74.

Mr Shields, who was born on April 24, 1940, at Eastwell Crossroads Farm, had three brothers, Don, Brian and Tony and three sisters Maureen, Shirley and Linda.

The family moved to Eaton and Gordon attended school in the village followed by The Boys’ Modern at Melton.

In 1958 Gordon met wife, Maureen, and they were married at Eaton Church in 1963.

After they were married they lodged in Eaton and in 1965 moved to Newbury Avenue in Melton. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary two years ago.

Mr and Mrs Shields have two children, Julie and Gavin, as well as three grandchildren Adam, Kelly and Jordan.

Mr Shields first worked for the family at Eastwell Crossroads, then at the wood yard and in 1969 moved to Petfoods until he retired in 1992.

After Gordon retired he took on some part-time work for Mrs Shouler and also at Chandler’s Farm. He was also a keen supporter of Nottingham Forest, rarely missing a home game.

Gordon was a keen gardener and took a great pride in DIY. He enjoyed socialising and meeting up with his friends and family.

Over 100 people attended his funeral, held on November 12 at Eaton Church, and over £421 was raised for the Dalgleish Ward at Melton Hospital.

His funeral and burial service at Eaton Cemetery were conducted by Rev Canon Beverley Stark.