Mark Shields was a husband, father, son, brother and loyal and true friend.
The community spirited Mark Shields passed away on June 19 at the age of 60 years.
Mark was married to Karen for 35 years and the pair had three beautiful children.
He was a local, who was a devoted friend to many and valued member of the Victor Harbor community. Mark was born on August 30, 1959, to Dorothy and Gordon Shields and was the middle child to Paul, who was born 12 months earlier and Maryanne, who was born a year later.
He attended both Victor Harbor Primary and High schools and loved his early childhood exploring outdoors and playing with family and friends at the beach.
At 10-years-of-age, tragedy struck the family when father Gordon drowned while swimming off Olivers' Reef and this had a huge impact on his life.
After school, Mark began a cooking apprenticeship at Whalers and spent the next few years working as a cook in local pubs and restaurants.
Mark married the love of his life Karen (Spilsbury) on January 19, 1985 and three years later their first child was born, Melissa, followed by Cameron and then Ben.
Over the years Mark and Karen built and renovated numerous houses, all with his signature beautiful garden, filled with Australian natives.
In his mid 20s, Mark took up a management position at the South Coast District Hospital where he oversaw the catering, housekeeping and maintenance departments.
Mark was an amazing father always available for a game of hide and seek, table tennis, which he was talented, soccer, cards and puzzles. He loved being active.There were family camping holidays and the constant support when the children were playing their sport.
Mark loved to ride, as he raced road and mountain bikes, but his favourite rides were with his good mates on Sunday morning.
Mark thrived on being fit and was very competitive and loved the mateship that went with it. Mark competed in many triathlons and continued that passion by being involved with the Victor Triathlon, run by race director Sid James.
Mark helped Sid with the setting up of the event and being a marshall long after he stopped competing in the iconic event.
In 1994, Mark turned his passion for cycling into a profession when Karen and he bought the local bike shop, Bay Rubber and Cycle and during this time he also was a member of the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS).
Mark was a local retained in the MFS while having the bike shop and after three years, they sold the business and he was accepted as a full time Fireman.
In everything Mark did he made an impact on the lives of others and forged life long friends.
Mark and Karen were never idle and always kept busy whether it was running a bike shop, lawn mowing business, the renovation and selling of homes, fighting fires, being a chef and being wonderful caring parents. It was an extremely hard working ethic that was instilled into their children.
Mark became a member of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor and he saw it as an opportunity to give back to the community he had grown up and lived in, as well as meeting and making new friends. He always loved to be there for his mates.
Mark was full of adventure as he surfed in remote parts of Indonesia, loved bike riding so much he went on a trip to France and followed the Tour de France and went 4-wheel driving across the Simpson Desert. Karen and Mark travelled the country and also the world with trips to Europe and Asia.
Among his busy life, Mark always found time for Karen, his children and his mother Dorothy. He made meaningful impacts in every facet of his family's lives.