Mark Roger Shields, 71, of Virginia Beach, entered into eternal rest Friday, April 3, 2020. He was born July 10, 1948, in Newport News.
Mark started his career as an apprentice in the silversmith shop for Colonial Williamsburg. While there, he learned classic silversmithing techniques and participated in creating works of art that were used by the White House as head-of-state gifts. He obtained the status of master silversmith under William DeMatteo. Until he left, he was master silversmith over the silver manufacturing end of Colonial Williamsburg. In 1982, Mark started the Master Craftsmen Shop and operated the store until 1989. He continued designing jewelry and painting until retiring in 2015.
Mark was a true artist who loved to capture the beauty of nature. He designed animal ornaments for the Virginia Living Museum for a number of years. Mark designed a line of breed-specific dog pins in pewter for wholesale/retail that is still being sold today. He studied watercolor painting, and, in later years, oil painting. He created many beautiful landscapes capturing his love of the Tidewater area. Mark was very active with Friends of Bill W. for 34 years. He enjoyed walks, meditating and was an avid reader. He is known to many as a gentle and kind man with an open heart.
In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by two sisters, Susan Shields Berendsen and Joanne Shields.
Mark leaves to cherish his memories his son, Mark Lane Shields; stepdaughter, Emily Marie Patrick; brother, Jeffrey Shields; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at an undetermined time and place due to recent events.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations may be made in his honor to the Lewey Body Dementia Association.
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