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James A Shields

Walton, New York

July 29, 1944 - March 30, 2023

James A Shields Obituary

James A. Shields, 78, of Downsville passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Albany Medical Center, following an accident at home.


Jim was born on July 29, 1944 in Walton, the son of the late Denton and Mildred (Pewterbaugh) Shields. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force during VietNam. On February 14, 1970, he married the former Beverly Burlingame in Downsville.


Jim was a Self-Employed Rural Mail Carrier and Real Estate Broker for many years in Downsville, and also a previous partner of Harmonie Farms. Jim most recently served as "courtier and courier" to Downsville's reigning Cookie Queen.


Jim was a member of the James S. Moore Legion Post 167, Downsville Fire Department, and Colchester Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Downsville Central School Board of Education. Jim was a loyal member of the WFD Coffee Club, TAs Coffee Club, and not only a loyal member, but the last official member of the Downsville Diner Coffee Club.


Jim was an avid MAGA, Giants baseball, and Giants football fan. Jim was very proud of Downsville. He was very involved in coordinating the development of the Covered Bridge Park, Walking Trail, and had the Gazebo and arbor built to complement it. Jim enjoyed socializing, helping others and was a friend to many. But most of all he loved his family and the time they spent together.


Jim is survived by his loving family, his wife, Beverly, children, Paula Brown of Downsville, Steve Brown of Downsville; Cherie (Mark) Pierce of Walton; Jonathan (Amanda) Shields of NC; grandchildren, TJ, Delaney, Steven, Jacqueline, Joseph, Jacob, Shane, Quinnlyn, Adam, Maliyah, brother, Tom (Lavonne) Shields of Downsville; Sally Braitling of Saugerties, Priscilla (Robert) Staruchowicz of Downsville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister and brother in laws, Gail and Jerry Stone, and Joe Braitling.


Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 2 to 4 PM at the New Hope Community Church, 45 Stockton Avenue, Walton where services will be held at 4 PM with Pastor Larry Light and Rev. Edward J. Lowell, officiating.



 A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 1PM at Paige Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.


Memorial Contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Downsville Fire Department and EMS, P. O. Box AC, Downsville, New York 13755 or James S. Moore Post 167, P. O. Box 104, Downsville, New York 13755.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of James A Shields hosted by Courtney Funeral Home.

James A. Shields, 78, of Downsville passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Albany Medical Center, following an accident at home.


Jim was born on July 29, 1944 in Walton, the son of the late Denton and Mildred (Pewterbaugh) Shields. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force during VietNam. On February 14, 1970, he married the former Beverly Burlingame in Downsville.


Jim was a Self-Employed Rural Mail Carrier and Real Estate Broker for many years in Downsville, and also a previous partner of Harmonie Farms. Jim most recently served as "courtier and courier" to Downsville's reigning Cookie Queen.


Jim was a member of the James S. Moore Legion Post 167, Downsville Fire Department, and Colchester Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Downsville Central School Board of Education. Jim was a loyal member of the WFD Coffee Club, TAs Coffee Club, and not only a loyal member, but the last official member of the Downsville Diner Coffee Club.


Jim was an avid MAGA, Giants baseball, and Giants football fan. Jim was very proud of Downsville. He was very involved in coordinating the development of the Covered Bridge Park, Walking Trail, and had the Gazebo and arbor built to complement it. Jim enjoyed socializing, helping others and was a friend to many. But most of all he loved his family and the time they spent together.


Jim is survived by his loving family, his wife, Beverly, children, Paula Brown of Downsville, Steve Brown of Downsville; Cherie (Mark) Pierce of Walton; Jonathan (Amanda) Shields of NC; grandchildren, TJ, Delaney, Steven, Jacqueline, Joseph, Jacob, Shane, Quinnlyn, Adam, Maliyah, brother, Tom (Lavonne) Shields of Downsville; Sally Braitling of Saugerties, Priscilla (Robert) Staruchowicz of Downsville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister and brother in laws, Gail and Jerry Stone, and Joe Braitling.


Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 2 to 4 PM at the New Hope Community Church, 45 Stockton Avenue, Walton where services will be held at 4 PM with Pastor Larry Light and Rev. Edward J. Lowell, officiating.



 A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 1PM at Paige Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.


Memorial Contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Downsville Fire Department and EMS, P. O. Box AC, Downsville, New York 13755 or James S. Moore Post 167, P. O. Box 104, Downsville, New York 13755.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of James A Shields hosted by Courtney Funeral Home.

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