We are saddened by the loss of our Lifetime Board Member, Sam Shapiro, on Thursday, Feb 15 2018. His obituary is pasted below, but you can read the original article here. We are grateful for his partnership and hard work in building the Sally & Sam Shapiro Babies and Children’s Medical Center here on our campus. His legacy will live here always.
October 29, 1918 – February 15, 2018
Samuel Shapiro, 99, of Longboat Key, formerly of Wooster, Ohio, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2018. Born on October 29, 1918, he was the son of Jennie and Meyer Shapiro of Wooster.
Sam was the husband of Ellen Levin Shapiro who passed away in 1983. He married Sally Gardner Shapiro, who passed away in 2014. He was father to a blended family: Steve Shapiro (Cheryl), Tom Shapiro (Debbie), Pam (Gardner) Wolf, Jill (Gardner) Joseph and Judd Gardner. Sam’s legacy continues in the love of his nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Sam graduated from The Ohio State University. After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, he returned to Wooster and joined his father at Wayne County Iron and Metal. Sam was the founder of Wayne Steel. Over the next 35 years as president, he led the company through its transformation into one of the most successful businesses in Wayne County.
A true philanthropist who believed in giving back to his community and the world, Sam was a long-time supporter of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, numerous organizations in Wooster, and Israel-based causes.
Sam and his wife, Sally, created STEP – The Shapiro Teen Engagement program at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, to provide a gateway for hundreds of local Jewish teens to become engaged with their community, Judaism and Israel. STEP’s mission is to educate, engage and empower Jewish teens to STEP into leadership roles in the Jewish community.
The couple’s deep love of children was also expressed in the building of the Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies & Children’s Medical Center on the Glasser Schoenbaum campus. Since its opening in 2014, 12,000 children have been treated at the clinic by board-certified pediatricians.
Sam enjoyed traveling the world, a good bridge game, spending time with family and friends and living each day to the fullest.
He will be remembered by his family not only for his love of them but also for his love of community. His charitable contributions and leadership were an example to everyone who knew him.
A funeral service and burial will take place on Tuesday, February 20, in Wooster. A memorial service in Sarasota will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (jfedsrq.org) or Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies & Children’s Medical Center (gs-humanservices.org).
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2018