PARKLAND, FL — Dr. William Shapiro, a former Livingston resident, died peacefully on June 1 at 90 years old after a long battle with lewy body dementia.
After serving in the United States Army during the Korean War, Shapiro taught history at Lincoln Junior High School, Mountain High School and West Orange High School for 42 years and was faculty advisor to the student government for many of those years.
Born in Irvington on March 23, 1930, to Irving Shapiro and Molly Blinder, and raised in Newark, Shapiro graduated from Rutgers University Newark campus and earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University.
While residing in Livingston for nearly two decades, Shapiro helped lead the effort to keep Harrison Elementary School from closing in the 1980s and ran a grassroots campaign for the New Jersey State Assembly in 1997.
Shapiro and Gail, his wife of 44 years, moved to Jackson upon retirement, where they lived for nearly 15 years before moving to Parkland, Fla. in 2017 after his diagnosis. Despite his advancing condition, Shapiro maintained a positive attitude while residing in a senior living community and routinely greeted strangers and neighbors alike with a heartfelt hello.
Shapiro enjoyed classical music, playing the mandolin and guitar, reading, talking about politics, and writing. He also loved to take a dip in the ocean at the Jersey Shore, particularly in Long Branch and Wildwood Crest. He will be most remembered for his kindness, positivity, and his infectious hearty laugh.
Shapiro leaves behind his wife, Gail, his son, Michael Shapiro, daughter, Jan Johannsen, daughter-in-law Lauryn Shapiro, son-in-law Randy Johannsen, and grandchildren Shayne, Layla, Benny and Melanie.
A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for June 2021, post-pandemic.
For those who wish to do so, the Shapiro family suggests donations be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association in William’s memory BY CLICKING HERE.