Mr. Shapiro was born in New York City, the youngest child of Aaron and Gussie Shapiro. The first in his family to attend college, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in elementary education. While at City College of New York, he met his future wife, Leah Schwartz. World War II kept them apart until Mr. Shapiro returned from military service. They married in 1946 and settled in the Bronx. Mr. Shapiro began his career as a fifth grade teacher and ended as the principal of New York City’s P.S. 111, an elementary school. He lived in Tucson for 22 years, where he was a member of Congregation Anshei Israel.
Mr. Shapiro was preceded in death by his wife, Leah. Survivors include his children, Gilbert (Karen), Roberta, Elaine and Steven (Nema); seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating.