April 6, 1960 – September 5, 2020
James “Jim” Shields, age 60, of Long Valley, NJ passed away on Saturday September 5, 2020.
James was born on April 6, 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to the United States in 1968 and became a naturalized citizen 1976. After graduating from Hackensack High School he received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers (BS, 1983) and Stevens Institute of Technology (MS, 1986).
He served the US Army at Picatinny Arsenal from 1983-2017. His professional accomplishments included serving as the Program Manager for the Joint Lightweight 155mm Howitzer (2004); serving as the Deputy Program Executive Officer Ammunition (2009-2014), and finishing his service as the Program Executive Officer Ammunition (2014-2017). He retired from the US Army in 2017 and began Shields Consulting Services, LLC advising private military defense contracting companies. He was committed to the Joint Warfighter throughout his career. Please enjoy this retirement article https://www.army.mil/article/199413/picatinnys_highest_ranking_civilian_retires_after_35_years
Jim was a member of the Army Acquisition Corps, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Association of the United States Army, and the United States Army Field Artillery Association. His awards include the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and Superior Civilian Service Medal; the National Defense Industrial Association’s Firepower Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production and the John A. Ulrich Award; the Field Artillery Association’s Ancient Order of Saint Barbara Medal; the Armor Association’s Saint George Medal; the Ordnance Corps Samuel Sharp Medal; the Army Engineer Association’s de Fleury Medal.
Jim married the love of his life, Christine, whom he met at Rutgers, in 1981. Jim and Christine were best friends who were beginning to make the most out of their golden years by hiking, biking, cruising around in the convertible, and traveling to visit their daughters; truly making the most out of life after so many years of hard work and dedication to his career, country, and family. He was also so very proud of his daughters Sarah and Julie and their commitment to education and dedication to work.
Jim’s contagious laughter will be missed; whether telling a story or joke or watching a video, he infected himself and others with uncontrollable laughter. He loved competition and never showed any mercy on family game night. In retirement he consistently attended gym classes (until his back sidelined him temporarily), he tried his hand at fly fishing, and consistently displayed his excellent cooking skills. But most of all, throughout his life, Jim was a loyal, passionate, and selfless person.
Jim is predeceased by his parents, James and Ellen Shields, and survived by his beloved wife of 33 years Christine and his daughters Sarah and Julie. He is also survived by his sister Claire Shields, and her husband Greg DiMonte and daughter Olivia; his in-laws, Andre and Liliane Herssens, Walter and Edilma Herssens, Patrick and Helen Herssens and their children Alec and Jacqueline, and Nancy Herssens.
Jim represented the American Dream. His parents came to this country for a better life for their children. With very little money, they worked hard to ensure their children had the best opportunities. Jim was the first ever family member to graduate college and look what he achieved.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 1PM to 4PM at Schooley’s Mountain County Park Pavilion. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Salvation Army in Jim’s memory: https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/give/164006/#!/donation/checkout