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|Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:26 pm Post subject: C. Lawrence Shields St. Bernard Cemetery Mausoleum
|C. Lawrence Sheilds, 80, of 64 Jackson Avenue, passed away on Tuesday August 14, 2007 in Bradford Regional Medical Center.
He was born on November 19, 1926 in Yubedam, N.Y. near Portville, N.Y.
He was the son of Clyde L. & Iva Mae Mesler Shields. On February 26, 1947, in Chicago, IL, he married Dorothy V. Holub, who survives.
Mr. Shields attended a one-room schoolhouse in Kibbyville, N.Y., and later attended Wellsville, N.Y. area schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November of 1944, he received his electronics training at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago. He served on the USS Forester. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1947, he returned to his hometown of Alma, N.Y. where he worked in the oil fields as a roustabout.
In 1949, he moved to Chicago where he attended the American Television School while working nights at Cinch Manufacturing Co. His education was continuous through self-taught studies in electrical engineering and any other subject that he needed to master. In 1950, he established Comet Television, selling and servicing televisions in the Chicago area. In 1953, he returned to Alma and was electronic technician for Lee Laboratories, working on the first computer transistors.
Between 1955 and 1959, Lee folded and Mr. Shields founded Community Television Sales and Service in Wellsville and Shinglehouse, where he installed the first television cable systems for what later became Adelphia. He also serviced equipment for the Wellsville, Bradford and Erie radio stations owned by Lester Edwards, Henry Satterwhite and Robert Bromeley. During this time, he also installed the first mutual aid radio towers and systems for volunteer fire departments in Allegany County, N.Y.
From 1959 to 1961 he was one of the founders of Bradford Electronics and began to design and manufacturer radio-control systems for Farmers' Engineering and Manufacturing Co. (FEMCO) of Pittsburgh, as well as designing one of the first portable hand-held "walkie-talkie" radio communication systems.
In 1961, Mr. Shields joined Allegheny Electronic Chemicals Co. as an electronics design engineer, and in 1964 installed the first Control Chief Radio Control System.
In 1971, he formed Control Chief Corp. when he purchased the Controls Division of Ventron Electronics. He remained active at Control Chief as president and chairman of the board until his retirement in 1992, where-upon he remained on the board of directors. Upon retirement, he established Fiddlestix, a small woodworking operation that allowed him to devote time to his passion of woodworking.
Mr. Shields was one of the organizers of the Citizens' Minuteman Committee, established to help small businesses grow. This association led to his involvement in the assessment of needs for a new water filtration system for the City of Bradford.
For the past 25 years, he has served as chairman of the Bradford Water Authority. In 1992 he was named "Decision Maker of the Year" by the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association, representing over 600 water systems across Pennsylvania. He was also active in Bradford Landmark Society and its Crook Farm, where he raised the funds and constructed the replica of the original bank that was in Bradford.
He was the recipient of the "Man of the Year" Award from the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and belonged to the Bradford Club, Bradford Gun Club and the former Valley Hunt Club. At one time, he was a volunteer fireman and an avid private pilot, using the Harri Emery Airport as his home field. He was also an active bridge player.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Patrick G. Shields of Leonardsville, N.Y.; a daughter, Janine M. (Doug) Bell of Bradford; a son, Daniel J. (Diane) Shields of Surfside Beach, S.C.; an "adopted son", Thomas M. Mazza of Leonardsville; four brothers, Francis (Marge) Shields of Portville, Richard (Joyce) Shields of Bolivar, N.Y., James (Roberta) Shields of Alma and Robert (Nell) Shields of Alma; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, his sisters Virginia Shields and Phyllis Dickerson preceded him in death.