Albert James “Red” Shields III, age 86, of Waterford, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Park Avenue Rehabilitation in Meadville where he resided for over two years. Born in Mount Holly, NJ, on July 26, 1930, he was a son of the late Albert James Shields Jr. and Blanche Sawyer Shields.

Shields, Albert001 Red’s family moved to Waterford when he was a young boy, and he spent the remainder of his life working and raising his family in Waterford, and supporting and serving the people of Waterford.

Red was former Mayor of Waterford serving for 16 years. He was a great supporter of Fort LeBoeuf athletics and attended all wrestling matches and football games, even traveling to Hershey with the teams for state competitions. For many years, Red sponsored student scholarships for girls and boys to attend summer sports camps–something he found much joy in giving.

As a student at Waterford Academy, Red played football, basketball and baseball, and to this day holds the record for longest kickoff return– 99 yards! Most Bison fans will remember seeing Red on the sidelines at Bison football games holding the chains–something he did for over 50 years.

Red served in the U.S. Marines and in the 50’s and 60’s he was self-employed hauling milk and operating construction equipment. He owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Waterford from 1968-1982, and he worked at PennDot for 10 years, first as a foreman and then as West County Assistant Supervisor.

Family members include his wife Marilyn J. Seymour Shields, whom he married July 22, 1950; five children– Ronald Shields and wife Sondra, Brad Shields and wife Peggy, and Brian Shields and wife Jane, all of Waterford, Tammy Balestrino and husband Edward of Butler, and David Shields and wife Janet, also of Waterford; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dell Shields and wife Barbara of Waterford, and two sisters, Laura Silvaggi and Clara Mae Hall, both of Erie.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank David Shields, and a sister, Mary Wellman.

Friends are invited to a graveside service at Waterford Cemetery on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Fort LeBoeuf Foundation, 931 High Street, PO Box 810, Waterford, PA 16441.