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John C. Shields

November 14, 1935 — March 31, 2014

John C. Shields, 78, born in Denver, Colorado and lately of Napanoch, NY, 
peacefully passed away early Monday, March 31, after a brief illness. He was the 
beloved husband of Eva Shields, and loving father of John C. Shields, Jr. and 
Victoria Shields. 
An artist by nature, John used his talents for over 4o years as Head Salad Chef 
at Catskill resorts such as the Homowack Hotel, the Tamarack Lodge, the Raleigh 
Hotel, and as salad chef at the Nevele Hotel at the close of his career. He was 
most noted for creating art through fruit and carved ice pieces in the era of 
cocktail parties, and for various occasions and events. He was admired for his 
signature salad dressings, famous deviled eggs, and various salads, of which 
recipes were held very close. “Johnny” was highly respected for his talent, 
skills and dedication, and was one of the greats from the Golden age of the 
Catskill resorts. 
Born in Denver, Colorado, John was the last surviving sibling of 11 children of 
Elmer and Gertrude Davis Shields. He came to the East Coast in 1960 and landed 
in New York City, which, very different than his country upbringing, eventually 
lead him to the Catskills to apprentice under John Cook at the Homowack Hotel. 
It was also at the Homowack, that John met his future wife, Eva Wynkoop, at a 
milk machine. They were married six months later, and all said it wouldn’t last. 
In 2013, they celebrated 52 years of marriage. They had two children, John C. 
Shields, Jr., also of Napanoch, and Victoria Shields, who resides in the 
Washington DC region.  
Visitation will take place at Louck’s Funeral Home at 79 North Main Street, 
Ellenville, NY, on Sunday, April 6 from 6-9pm. On Monday, April 7, a service 
will be held at 10am, led by Pastor Peter Rustico, also at Louck’s Funeral Home. 
Burial will follow at Fantinekill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in John’s 
memory, to a charity of one’s own choosing.  
Arrangements were under the direction of Loucks Funeral Home, for further 
information please call 845-647-4343 or visit
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