G6: 1930 William George Shiels

William George Shiels

William George Shiels was born May 30 1930 at Cranbrook, BC. He was the third child of James and Minne (Coe) Shiels. He moved to Marysville with his parents where they lived until 1944. The family moved to Cranbrook and then to Creston, BC in 1945. The next move was to Keremeos in the spring of 1946 and they moved to Quesnel in the fall of 1947.

Vera and William

William married Veronica Gassoff in Barkersville, BC on July 3, 1949. He worked for two years at the Department of Highways and one year for his father. At this time he became employed with Weldwood of Canada at Quesnel.

William was originally employed by Weldwood at their Quesnel operation about 1951. It was also around this time that Bill and Vera operated a trailer park, just south of Quesnel for almost a year. About this time, their oldest son, Gordon, was in a car accident. The doctors said he would never recover. He was in a coma for three weeks but made a miraculous recovery.

After 16 years, William was transferred to the Williams Lake Weldwood operation in 1977 and worked there until his retirement on December 15, 1989. During this period he was sent by the Company to Japan on a business trip. After his retirement from Weldwood, William ran his own consulting business from 1989 to 1999. He travelled extensively throughout the US, as far south as Brazil and to Japan. He used years of experience and the wisdom and common sense he was blessed by God with, to trouble shoot, open up markets and recommend improvements. In his retirement, William and Vera continue to reside at Williams Lake, BC.

William and Vera had seven children: Sharon, Gordon, Ronald, Teresa, Joy, Ruth and Elizabeth.

Chris, Joy & Jack, Gordon, Ron & Sharon, Ruth, Teresa
Sharon, William & Vera

Sharon Rose (Shiels) McLeod 1949- (G5)

Sharon Rose Shiels was born November 20, 1949. She was the first child of William & Vera (Gassoff) Shiels. She married Bruce McLeod on July 25, 1993 and they live in Langley, BC.

Gordon William Shiels 1951- (G5)

Gordon William Shiels was born May 22, 1951. He was the second child of William & Vera (Gassoff) Shiels. He married Ann Louise Tanis on June 23, 1978.

Ronald James Shiels 1952- (G5)

Sharon, Ron & Michelle

Ronald James Shiels was born December 16, 1952. He was the third child of William & Vera (Gassoff) Shiels. He married Sharon Klassen on April 7, 1979. They have four children; Michelle born June 4, 1980; Donna Lynn born July 22, 1982; Kimberly born March 17, 1984 and James born March 16, 1986. Ron and Sharon also have a foster son named Daniel born February 17, 1988. They are presently living at Winkler, Manitoba, where Ron is the Pastor of Maranatha Community Church, an independent Evangelical Church.

Teresa Nadine (Shiels) Dyck 1954- (G5)

Teresa Nadine Shiels was born February 17, 1954. She was the fourth child of William & Vera (Gassoff) Shiels. She married Dennis Dyck on July 7, 1979. They have two children, Devon, born September 26, 1986 and Jason, born February 21, 1992. They live at Swift Current, Sask.

Joy Margaret (Shiels) Funk 1958- (G5)

Joy Margaret Shiels was born July 16, 1958. She was the fifth child of William & Vera (Gassoff) Shiels. She married Jack Funk on July 30, 1977. They have three children: Amanda, born November 26, 1980; Crystal, born October 4, 1982 and Erica, born May 23, 1986. They live in Swift Current, Sask.

Ruth Loraine (Shiels) Gonzales 1960- (G5)

Ruth Loraine Shiels was born February 25, 1960. She was the sixth child of William & Vera (Gassoff) Shiels. She married Dave Gonzales. They have since divorced and Ruth was married to James O’Neal on November 7, 1992. They have one child; Austin James (AJ), born May 29, 1994. They live at Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.

Elizabeth Christine Faith (Shiels) Bunce 1966- (G5)

Elizabeth Christine Faith Shiels was born Oct 10, 1966. She was the seventh child of William & Vera (Gassoff) Shiels. She married Lee Bunce on July 6, 1991. They have four children, Morgyn Brittany, born April 20, 1995; Brandon born October 21, 1997; and twins Jordan and Erik born October 29, 1999. They live at Williams Lake.