Harold I. Sheils Jr.
March 14, 1936 – July 19, 2020
Harold I. Sheils, Jr., 84, of the Town of Eastchester, New York, passed away on Sunday July 19th, 2020.
Hal was married to his beloved wife Clare Fitzgerald on January 6th, 1968, they were married for 52 years. A loving and devoted husband and father, Hal is survived by his wife Clare, daughter Kate and grandson Jack of Rye, New York.
His sister Marylou Sheils of Washington, D.C., his brother Peter Sheils of Annapolis, M.D., wife Katherine, niece Megan,nephews Ted and Will and extended family. Hal is preceded in death by his father Harold I. Sheils, Sr. and his mother Rita B. Sheils. Hal was born in New Rochelle, New York on March 14th, 1936 and was a New Rochelle resident most of his life until moving to the Town of Eastchester in 1971 with his wife Clare.
A graduate of New Rochelle High School who continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American International College, where he played hockey on their nationally ranked team. Hal was a veteran of the United States Army.
Hal had a long career in magazine publishing with positions to name a few including former Publisher of House Beautiful’s Special Publications and Director of Good Housekeeping Magazines Special Publications. He was also New York Manager of Family Circle Magazine and Eastern Manager of Golf Digest.
While balancing a family and demanding career in Manhattan, Hal was involved in his community and neighborhood serving as President of the Parkway Circle Civic Association for many years and was a member of the committee to purchase Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester.
Until his sudden passing, Hal worked for over 20 years for Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate in their Scarsdale office where he was a friend to all and loved his HL family. He was a member of the Westchester County Board of Realtors and the New York State Association of Realtors.
Hal was a loving, kind, caring family man, devoted to his wife, daughter and grandson. A consummate gentleman who had a gift for making others feel special. Hal had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh. A great dancer, he loved music, especially Frank Sinatra among others. He was hard working and had the best work ethic of anyone. Hal truly deeply cared about those around him. He loved boating and the water along with being an amazing ice skater from all his years playing hockey. Hal was an avid golfer for many years. He enjoyed rooting for his NY Rangers, Giants and Yankees - but preferred watching any sport his grandson Jack was playing.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 26th, 1-4 pm at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home. A brief funeral service will be held Monday, July 27th, 11-11:30am at Bennett Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at 12pm at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.
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Harold I. Sheils Jr.
August 2, 2020
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to all of you. Have great memories from the 1970s and early '80s of Mr Sheils always so friendly and fun. My mom said Kate was always the apple of his eye. And you always will be, as he watches over all of you from Heaven. May you find much comfort in all of the wonderful memories. Prayers are with you.
Stacyann and David Keiler
July 27, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family especially Clare Kate and Jack.
Love Stacyann, David, Zach , Sammi and Jax
July 26, 2020
I write this with such a heavy heart. I am sorry for the loss of one of the most wonderful people that I have ever known. Hal was more than just a coworker to me, as I considered him family. I had the pleasure of working with him everyday and he made coming to work so much fun. The minute I would walk in at 8 every morning, I heard Frank Sinatra loudly playing in the office and I would greet Hal with a hug. I was also lucky to have lunch with him everyday. His smile could light up a room and would always brighten my day. There aren’t enough words to describe what a wonderful and caring person Hal was. It was an absolute honor to have been able to work with Hal and things definitely will not be the same without him.
Rest In Peace, Hal.
You will be missed.
July 25, 2020
I recall your Father as a true gentleman. So glad I got to meet both of your parents years ago. His legacy will live on in you all. Godspeed for your healing in heart and mind. Our deepest sympathies.
Love your old college friend,
July 24, 2020
Words are inadequate to sum up what Hal meant to his work family at Houlihan Lawrence. Hal was deeply loved and is truly missed by all. He was one of a kind.
Although we all knew that his favorite people on the planet were Claire, Kate, and Jack, his great big heart had room to make everyone feel special. All this week I have heard people say a different version of the same thing : “I had a special bond with Hal.”
He had the most caring way about him and was always looking for a way to make your day easier, happier, brighter. I once casually mentioned how I had a soft spot for yellow legal pads from my days as an attorney, and 2 days later - a pack of yellow legal pads waiting for me on my desk.
Hal would frequently share stories with me from his glory days as a college hockey player. No one told a story like Hal did. Hal knew that my own son played hockey and one day he surprised me by showing up at the rink for one of his games. He kept saying to me “did you see how he won that face off - he’s winning all his face offs.”
Truly the kindest, sweetest, best man out there.
Sending love to all of you at this sad, sad time. May his memory be a blessing.
RIP dear Hal.
July 23, 2020
Sending so much love to Claire, Kate, and Jack-his three greatest loves.