Thomas Shields

Thomas John Shields

Monday, August 25th, 1941 - Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Dr. Thomas J. Shields, 79, passed away on January 25 after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was the firstborn of Thomas and Eleanor Burke Shields of Staten Island. He attended St. Christopher’s Grammar School, St. Peters Boys High school, Manhattan College (class of 1963) and Downstate Medical College where he earned his MD.

He completed his internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital, NYC where he specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. It was there he met his wife of 51 years, Patricia Sweeney Shields.

They have three children; Colleen Bland of Atlanta, GA wife of Michael and mother to Kelson Kieran, and Keegan; Kerry Shields of Ardmore, PA wife of Bryan Fenstermaker and mother to Davin, Macy, and Grady; and his son Drew Shields of New York City. Tom was a treasured Papa to his grandchildren.

From 1972 to 1974, Dr. Shields served in the US Army retiring as a Major.

For 45 years, Dr. Shields practiced as an OB-GYN at Lansdale Medical Group and later founded The Center for Women’s Health with his good friends and partners Dr. Bob Filosa, Dr. Dipti Shah, and Dr. Kathy Sappinaro. Shortly after, another friend Dr. Don DeBrakeleer joined them. He enjoyed his work and delivered over 6000 babies in his career. Thomas also served as president of the medical staff at North Penn Hospital, where his practice was affiliated.

Tom loved his Eagles, the Phillies, dancing, NCIS, and old cowboy movies.

He will be missed by his siblings Dick of Hamilton Canada, Eileen Molina of Staten Island, Paul formerly of Staten Island, Diane Paolicelli of Easton PA, and the nieces and nephews he loved.
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Posted at 10:42am
Dr Shields was my doctor for many years and delivered one of my sons. He was a kind, caring, and compassionate doctor who was always encouraging and positive. I am thankful I knew such a gentleman, and I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers, Marie Hoffman

Grace and Tom Dewey

Posted at 01:36pm
Our sincere heartfelt sympathy. With love,
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Erin Hinkle-Caligiuri

Posted at 05:36pm
I wanted to express my condolences to Pat and her children. I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked for Dr. Shields for many years at CFWH. I can remember he always spoke to the patients with such calmness and always reassured them with a smile that "everything is perfectly normal!" He was a very predictable physician and was easy to work with. Some of his past stories are ones I will remember forever. His patients always spoke the best of him to the staff. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Erin Hinkle-Caligiuri

Bill and Judy Yoder

Posted at 12:08pm
Our deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful Dr.
Our prayers are with the Family at this most trying time,

Donni Shields

Posted at 10:04pm
My prayers for Tom's family and extended family. So sorry for your loss.
God be with all of you.
Donni Shields

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