Bill Shields Obituary, Death, Funeral Details Of Bill Shields

Bill Shields Obituary, Death – Shields, William D. (Bill) From August 26, 1952 through February 17, 2023 On February 17th, Bill Shields died quietly at home in Marshfield, MA. As his family and friends mourn and celebrate his life, the broadcast journalism business and viewers acknowledge that they have lost a bright star and storytelling giant who approached life with optimism and comedy. Bill was able to leverage his prominent position to push for lung cancer research before succumbing to his second bout of the disease, volunteering his time to aid others.

Bill, who was born in Cambridge but raised in Texas, attended Thomas Jefferson High School and San Antonio College before earning a BA in journalism from the University of Texas in Austin. He progressed from video editing to reporting at KENS-TV in San Antonio, where he was chosen most eligible bachelor. Bill went to Boston in 1980 and began a distinguished 41-year career at WBZ-TV. Bill was a respected journalist and a beloved part of the Boston community. Bill presented stories with heart, respect, and, on sometimes, levity.

Bill was most proud of the human connections he made and the individuals he met over the years, and he never mentioned the Emmy he received for his incisive, precise reporting. His love for his buddies was unrivaled. Bill preferred “picking up the phone” over all other (modern) modes of communication, and he used it frequently to contact friends and coworkers, always concluding each call with “Go have fun!”! Bill was an active surfer growing up in Texas, frequenting the Gulf Coast beaches. He switched from surfing to snow skiing after moving to Boston, eventually taking his family to his “happy place” in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Bill also enjoyed spending time on the ocean in his boat, “Big Pepper.”