Harold Edgar Freeman Shiels (28 Apr 1926 - 3 Jan 2021)

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Location
York Crematorium Bishopthorpe York YO23 2QD
Date
22nd Jan 2021
Time
3.40pm
Funeral Director
J G Fielder & Son Funeral Directors, York

In loving memory of Harold who passed away, 3 January 2021. He passed peacefully, of natural causes, at his home at Connaught Court, York.

Harold was born April 1926 - to James and Anne Shiels - Kilrea, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
He spent his early school life in Kilrea and then at Coleraine Academical Institution.
He graduated from Queens University Belfast, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
As a member of the University Air Squadron he qualified to pilot a Tiger Moth biplane - his pilot’s license remained one of his proudest achievements.

Following his father’s sudden early death, he returned to Kilrea to help run the family auction and hardware business, with his mother and sister Hazel - Sadly his other two sisters Ivy (1932) and Maysie (1939) had passed-away all too young.

Once a Chartered Engineer, he went on to work at various power-stations and oil-refineries in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. He met Elizabeth (McKnight), his future wife, in Belfast (fondly known as Betty). They married in Middlesbrough on Christmas Eve (1953), honeymooned in the Lake District at the Drunken Duck in Ambleside.

From his post in East London (Babcock & Wilcox) and the arrival of Alan (1954), he moved to Georgetown, Guiana to run the Demerara Electric power plant, where Simon arrived (1960) and then to Trinidad, to the Texaco oil refinery at Point- a- Pierre, where Helen arrived (1967).
Moving on again to Cyprus (there's a theme here) he ran the Moni-Power-Station in Limassol. It was here that he built his own dinghy, to follow his passion for sailing.

He eventually returned to work in the UK (now Mott Macdonald) - Brighton - settling first in Kingston (near Lewes) on the edge of the South Downs, and then Lewes E. Sussex. It was in Kingston that family life changed dramatically with the sudden death of his wife Elizabeth (1973), a traumatic time for whole family.

Some years later he married Jennifer (1981) and family life resumed, with many memorable trips to the South of France - albeit far too short.

Following several more work-trips to Japan, Saudi-Arabia, and Abu Dhabi, he took early retirement to embark on Teaching English as a Foreign Language, coaching students from Europe.

In true nomadic-style, Harold continued to travel well into his retirement, with several memorable trips: St Vincent and Barbados (1992), St. Louis, Missouri (2004), Moscow and St. Petersburg (2005), Trinidad & Tobago (2011), Ft. Myers, Florida (2012) and a recent safari trip to Kenya (2015).

Harold eventually settled in Yorkshire - Wakefield, Ilkley and finally York - where it's fair to say he missed the sun and the coast. Nevertheless, his energetic hikes over hills-and-dales ensured that he was in the rudest of health until shortly before his death, at 94.

While Harold’s travels on planet earth are now over, his long-time fascination with cosmology and the meaning-of-life will see him through, on this his final journey.

Dear Dad, you lived a full and varied life and never stood still. Your love for travel and exploration lives on through us, you are in our thoughts and dearly missed X

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Heather Pinches donated £50 in memory of Harold

I can see where Helen gets her spirit of adventure from. I feel I know Harold from all stories Helen told - he was quite a character and lived a very full life. We can all aspire to that. Much love to his family at this time. Xx

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Carole Edwards wrote

Dearest Helen and Stirling, such a fine man and a wonderful life lived. Sending much love and support to you both at this incredibly difficult time xxxxx

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Margaret Wildridge donated in memory of Harold

Sending our condolences, love Margaret and Stephen

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John THOMSON donated £20 in memory of Harold

A fine gentleman, much love to Helen and Stirling, Derek and Isobel

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Niki Maniam-Sirr donated in memory of Harold

Thinking of you Mels, and sending you so much love always xxxx

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  • thank you Niks xxx

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Judith Fisher donated £20 in memory of Harold

RIP Harold and our deepest condolences to all the family at this sad time.

Judith & Jim

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  • Thank you Judith & Jim X

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  • With Jeff on our way to Maracus Bay, Trini

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  • Liming in Port of Spain, while the T&T ferry flew passed

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  • revisiting Pointe - a - Pierre Trini (2010)

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  • Relaxing at Helen's flat (Queens Road Ilkley) after our hike up Ilkley Moor. It had the best view over Ilkley

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  • with our dear aunty Hazel and family in her home in Ballymena

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  • Stirling and Dad Portstewart Strand

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  • cheap labour, clearing the leaves at Alan & Susie's home (Creve Coeur) St Louis.

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  • Dad at Heslington Court, 2018

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  • Dad in botanical gardens Trinidad 2010

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  • Ft Myers beach, Florida. In his head he could still ride a bike!

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