Cliff Shiels was born in 1927 and was the tenth child born to John George Shiels & Pearl Alberta Gerry. He was a ninth generation descendant of Micheal Shiels.
The following is Cliff’s lineage.
- G1: Micheal Shiels 1671 & Bessie Brown
- G2: Daniel Shiels 1719 & Jessie Scott
- G3: James Shiels 1750 & Janet Younger
- G4: Robert Shiels 1769-1845 & Annie Dickson
- G5: Thomas Shiels 1795-1839 & Barbara Jean Cranston
- G6: John Shiels 1826-1908 & Janet McNair
- G7: Thomas Shiels 1857-1928 & Rachel Ann Brigham
- G8: John George Shiels 1885-1975 & Pearl Alberta Gerry
- G9: Cliff Shiels 1927-1991 & Lenore Grisdale
- G10: Stephen Shiels 1948 & Bonnie Delong
- G11: Jason Shiels 1973
- G11: Christina Shiels-Singh 1976 & Rohan Singh
- G10: Sandra Shiels 1952 & Mike Sheehan & Neil Johnston
- G11: Michael Paul Sheehan 1977 & Sarah Christena Parker
- G11: Matthew Brian Sheehan 1980 & Sarah Dean Manley
- G11: Ryan Joseph Sheehan 1982 & Kari O’Brien
- G10: Sheila Shiels 1956 & Mike Crook
- G11: Andrew Joseph Crook 1981 & Caley MacKenzie Lunan
- G11: Nicholas William Crook 1985
- G10: David Shiels 1959 & Lisa McCallum
- G11: Adrian Robert Shiels 1983
- G11: David Malcolm Shiels 1986
- G11: Clark Clifford Shiels 1988 & Courtney J. Welch
- G10: Stephen Shiels 1948 & Bonnie Delong
G9: Clifford William Shiels 1927-1991 & Lenore Grisdale
Clifford William Shiels was born May 14, 1927 near Stoughton, Saskatchewan. He was the second youngest son of John and Pearl (Gerry) Shiels. Cliff moved around with his parents and after his mother died, they moved to Manitoba.
As work was very scarce he decided to go East. In 1944 he left with a friend, Keith Mahood and ended up in Peterborough, Ontario. He started working for Canadian General Electric.
He met his mate, Lenore Grisdale, and they were married on November 9, 1946. They had a family of six children; Stephen November 3, 1948; Sandra September 22, 1952; Scott September 19, 1953; Sheila April 8, 1956; David July 2, 1959; and Brian August 19, 1960. Their third child, Scott, only lived a short time and the youngest son, Brian, died at age 19 in an automobile accident February 9, 1980.
Cliff and Lenore lived in Peterborough near the world renowned Hydraulic Lift Locks until fall of 1981 when they bought a lot on Seymour Lake near Campbellford, Ontario, about 30 miles south of Peterborough. They moved to a larger lot and built on an addition.
Cliff and Lenore drove back & forth to Peterborough for work. Cliff continued to work for General Electric until he retired and Lenore worked at Colonial Weaving later joining the Dietary department of Civic Hospital in Peterborough prior to retiring. Cliff and Lenore travelled south to Florida in the winter each year.
The entire family is very musically talented. Cliff played the guitar, fiddle and sang. Lenore joined in song with Stephen, Sandra, Sheila and David all picking on the guitar and singing harmony. The family would often sing by a campfire on warm summer evenings or cozy up in the living room when the weather turned cold.
Cliff and Lenore hosted many Seymore Lake Jamborees at their home by the lake. A stage with live Seymore Lake Jamboree entertainment and big barbeque drew family and friends from far and wide. Three or four bands would entertain throughout the event with an ever popular amateur hour. Funds generated from the event were donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Ironically, it was cancer that took Cliff’s life in October 13, 1991, in Peterborough, Ontario, at the age of 64. Cliff will long be remembered for the good times he shared and the courage he showed during his long battle with cancer.
Lenore moved back to Peterborough near family and friends. She died on March 1, 2020, in Peterborough, Ontario, at the age of 92.
G10: Stephen Shiels 1948 & Bonnie Delong
Stephen Shiels was born November 3, 1948. He was the oldest child of Cliff & Lenore (Grisdale) Shiels.
He married Bonnie Delong on July 11, 1970. Bonnie was born February 12, 1952.
They have lived in Peterborough all their lives and have two children, Jason born October 30, 1973 and Christina born March 26, 1976.
Stephen worked at Canadian General Electric where he is a specialist in Silver Soldering. Bonnie worked at Wescock prior to joining the dietary department at Extendicare Seniors Residence. They are both retired now and living in Milton, Ontario.
G11: Jason Shiels 1973
Jason Shiels was born October 30, 1973 . He was the oldest child of Stephen & Bonnie (Delong) Shiels.
Jason lives in Vancouver BC where he works in material management with a sporting goods company.
G11: Christina Lynn Shiels-Singh 1976 & Rohan Singh
Christina Lynn Shiels was born March 26, 1976. She was the second child of Stephen & Bonnie (Delong) Shiels. Christina works as a Law Clerk at a law firm in Toronto, Ontario.
Christina married Rohan Singh on November 5, 2012, in Fire, Nevada, USA. They have a beautiful daughter Everlee Hope Singh born on July 15, 2014, in Oakville, Ontario.
G10: Sandra Shiels 1952 & Mike Sheehan & Neil Johnston
Sandra Shiels was born September 22, 1952. She was the second child of Cliff & Lenore (Grisdale) Shiels.
She married Paul Sheehan on July 21, 1973. They had three sons; Michael Paul Sheehan born September 3, 1977; Matthew Brian Sheehan born May 9, 1980 and Ryan Joseph Sheehan born June 4, 1982.
Sandra married Neil Joseph Johnston on March 25, 2000. Neil has two children from a former marriage, Bradley Russell born August 10, 1976 and Kimberly Nicole born August 20 1978. Brad took over his father’s family business Johnston Heating and Ventilation in Peterborough. Kim resides in Kitchener, Ontario and works as a customs broker. Sandra continued to work at what was the St. Joseph’s General Hospital and then the Peterborough Regional Health Centre until she retired. Sandra & Neil spent their winters in Florida for many years.
G11: Michael Paul Sheehan 1977 & Sarah Christena Parker
Michael Paul Sheehan was born on September 3, 1977, in Peterborough, Ontario, to Sandra Ann Shiels and Paul Joseph Sheehan.
He married Sarah Christena Parker in Holmesville, Ontario, on October 8, 2005, when he was 28 years old. They live in Toronto, Ontario where Michael works at his trade of silk screening.
Their son Cameron Michael Parker was born on June 18, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario.
G11: Matthew Brian Sheehan 1980 & Sarah Dean Manley
Matthew Brian Sheehan was born on May 9, 1980, in Peterborough, Ontario, to Sandra Ann Shiels and Paul Joseph Sheehan.
He married Sarah Dean Manley and they had two sons, Landen Spence Sheehan was born on May 18, 2003 and James Dean Sheehan was born on June 12, 2014.
G11: Ryan Joseph Sheehan 1982 & Kari O’Brien
Ryan Joseph Sheehan was born on June 4, 1982, in Peterborough, Ontario, to Sandra Ann Shiels and Paul Joseph Sheehan.
He married Kari O’Brien in Peterborough, Ontario, on August 23, 2008, when he was 26 years old.
Their daughter Madison Ann was born on October 30, 2010 and their second daughter Claire Georgina was born on January 8, 2013.
They live in Peterborough, Ontario.
G10: Sheila Shiels 1956 & Mike Crook
Sheila was born April 8, 1956 at St Joseph’s hospital in Peterborough, Ontario. She was the third child of Cliff & Lenore (Grisdale) Shiels. Sheila attended Sir Sandford Fleming college graduating with a Social Service Diploma in 1977. She married her high school sweetheart, Michael Thomas Crook on May 21, 1977.
Mike was born November 9, 1953. Mike joined the banking business with Scotia Bank following graduation resulting in several relocations across Ontario, Sheila held several positions in social work and latter specialized in Addiction. She continued her education obtaining a degree in organizational and educational psychology. She started her own consulting company in 1990 and has worked with Ford Motor Company of Canada as an internal consultant since 1996.
Their first child; Andrew Joseph was born July 7, 1981 at Peterborough Civic Hospital. In 1983 the family moved from Peterborough to Orleans, Ontario, a community just outside of Ottawa, the Nations Capital. Their second child; Nicholas William was born August 1985 at Ottawa General Hospital. From Ottawa the family moved to Mississauga, Ontario, where they spent 5 years.
In 1990 they moved to Belleville Ontario and finally relocated to their current residence of London, Ontario in 1995.
G11: Andrew Joseph Crook 1981 & Caley MacKenzie Lunan
Andrew Joseph Crook was born on July 7, 1981, in Peterborough, Ontario, to Sheila Marie Shiels, age 25, and Michael (Mike) Thomas Crook, age 27.
He married Caley MacKenzie Lunan in Toronto, Ontario, on August 3, 2013, when he was 32 years old.
They have two daughters, Brinley Mackenzie was born on May 15, 2016 and Paityn Marie was born on February 22, 2020.
Andrew is the CEO & Broker of Record at PC275 Realty in London, Ontario.
G11: Nicholas William Crook 1985
Nicholas William Crook was born on July 23, 1985, to Sheila Marie Shiels, age 29, and Michael (Mike) Thomas Crook, age 31.
G10: David Shiels 1959 & Lisa McCallum
David Shiels was born July 2nd, 1959. He was the fifth child of Cliff & Lenore (Grisdale) Shiels. He moved to Calgary after he finished school and lived there for a year and a half.
He moved back to Peterborough and on June 27, 1981 he married Lisa McCallum born February 25, 1961. They live in Peterborough, Ontario where David works in the Housekeeping Department of what was Civic Hospital and is now the Peterborough Regional Health Centre while Lisa works in accounting for Home Depot.
They have three sons; Adrian born May 28, 1983, David Jr. born July 1st, 1986 and Clark born June 17, 1988.
G11: Adrian Robert Shiels 1983
Adrian Robert Shiels was born on May 28, 1983, in Peterborough, Ontario, to Lisa Mary Michelle McCallum, age 22, and David Clifford Shiels, age 23.
G11: David Malcolm Shiels 1986
David Malcolm Shiels was born on July 1, 1986, in Peterborough, Ontario, to Lisa Mary Michelle McCallum, age 25, and David Clifford Shiels, age 26.
G11: Clark Clifford Shiels 1988 & Courtney J. Welch
Clark Clifford Shiels was born on June 17, 1988, in Peterborough, Ontario, to Lisa Mary Michelle McCallum, age 27, and David Clifford Shiels, age 28.
He married Courtney J. Welch and they had two sons, son Isaiah Welch was born on November 26, 2010 and Parker Clark Shiels was born on June 27, 2019