Obituary for Meredith "Whitey" Shapiro
Presque Isle and Middletown, CT – Meredith Mark "Whitey" Shapiro, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2017 at Spectrum Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. He was 89 years old. Meredith (twin brother of Malcolm "Mac") was born January 19, 1928 in Rockland, one of 6 children of Samuel Saul and Nettie (nee Schneider) Shapiro.
Meredith graduated Rockland High School, class of 1947, earning his varsity letter in basketball. Meredith continued to play basketball after graduation, even playing against the Harlem Globetrotters that same year. He joined the National Guard during the Korean War, and married his eternal love, Charlotte Matulsky, in June of 1956. Charlotte and Meredith were married for 54 years until the time of her death in February of 2011.
Meredith and his brother Malcolm co-owned and operated Malmark's Clothing Store, the family business in Presque Isle, until its closing. Meredith later worked as a salesman for Carroll's Auto Sales until his retirement. Meredith was an active member in his community and a past member of the Presque Isle Lions Club. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of the Presque Isle Country Club. He enjoyed the theater arts, and was an extremely accomplished artist who won numerous awards.
Meredith was a devoted father and is survived by daughters Kerri (Shapiro) Logue and Stacey Shapiro (fiance Steve Uckerman); granddaughters Jessica Logue and Stephanie Logue; grandson Adam Logue; brother Malcolm "Mac" Shapiro, sister Elizabeth (Shapiro) Gopan; brother-in-law Seymour Matulsky, sister-in-law Jeanne Matulsky; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Meredith was predeceased by sisters Ida (Shapiro) Gopan, Esther (Shapiro) Jordan; and brother, Benjamin "Benny" Shapiro.
Friends and relatives of Meredith will meet at the Jewish Funeral Chapel, 118 Center Street in Bangor, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:45 AM for a procession to graveside services at Beth Abraham Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, 163 Center Street, Bangor, at 12:00PM to celebrate the life of Whitey Shapiro.
Gifts in Meredith’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231.
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