John Shields was a man of God until he left the church at 31 in search of ‘spirituality and higher consciousness.’ In his new life he became the leader of the Canadian labour movement, fighting for the rights of working class Canadians.
At his kitchen table, he methodically broke the yolk of his over easy eggs over rice and beans and smeared the golden goo. It seemed a heavy task to lift his tea pot and pour the steaming water into his cup, but he took pleasure in the small moments.
Before he died, he planned a living wake among his friends and family at Hospice. They shared stories of how he had impacted their lives— legends of a man who’s impact would long be felt. He laughed and chimed in jovially at their stories from his deathbed.
The next morning, he scanned the room with his eyes and asked, “Are we ready friends?” Thirteen minutes after the first medicine was administered, he was gone.