Rob Shields, a long-tenured and highly respected member of the loss prevention community, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 16. A friend and mentor to many across the industry, Rob had a passion for helping others within the community and across the industry through various charitable efforts to include local food pantries, various church-related functions, and the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund, where he served as treasurer since the inception of the charitable organization directly benefiting those who have served the loss prevention industry. Rob is survived by his wife Joanne, and daughters Cassidy and Madison.
Serving as director of global loss prevention-field operations, Rob spent more than 21 years with Staples. He joined the Staples team in April of 1997 after spending 10 years with CVS Pharmacy, taking on positions with additional responsibility throughout his tenure with the company. His passion for serving both his company and his team and his support for the entire loss prevention community will be warmly remembered by those that knew him.
“Rob was one of the most generous human beings I’ve ever met,” recalls one colleague. “He was more than just a mentor—he was a close friend to so many that worked with him and for him over the years. He was always there for support and guidance, and had a deep passion for the loss prevention industry and those who served alongside him. He will be deeply missed.”