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Shields Willie

Willie Shields

William Buchanan Shields was born in Scotland in 1926.

He was an activist and then President of the draughtsmen’s union, which became TASS.

He is surely the W B Shields who is listed as the Kilmarnock branch secretary of the AESD, living at 26 Cochrane Street, Irvine, Ayrshire in 1959

He was appointed a full-time official of the union and served, firstly, in Glasgow, and then, in Stafford. For a time, he was a member of the Scotttish TUC General Council. 

Willie was often dubbed a Spike Milligan look-a-like! Perhaps it was more that Willie’s impish sense of humour marked him out than that he truly physically resembled the great comedian. Certainly, Willie’s humour was a positive asset to him as an educator with TASS.

Willie died on 1st April 2010, aged 84 years, Ayr, where he had lived in retirement for many years.