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Nathaniel A. Shapira

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Nathaniel Abram "Nat" Shapira passed away in Surrey, British Columbia, March 11, 2014, at the age of 80. His full life included stints as U.S. Naval aviator, radio executive at CJOR, broker, Vancouver based market reporter for CKNW and writer for his hometown paper, The Enterprise in Brockton, Mass. He delighted readers by recounting his memories of life in New England in the 1940s and 50s and the history of both the town of Brockton and early New England life. Born in Brockton, Mass., in 1933, Nat graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy. While based in Argentia, Newfoundland, he met his wife Anne. After completing Naval service in 1962, Nat and Anne resided first in St. John's, Newfoundland, moving to Surrey in 1972. A lifelong lover of aviation, trains, history and myriad other interests, Nat will be missed by his family, his friends and the readers of his many articles and essays published in The Enterprise. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Anne, the former Anne Ellen Kent, he will be mourned by his children, Capt. John B. Shapira MC, United States Navy, of San Diego, Calif., Moira White of Surrey, and Johanna Shapira Harkin of Singapore; and by grandchildren, Ryan, Emily and Jack; by his brothers, Herbert of Framingham, Mass., and Lawrence of Herndon, Va.; and by his sister, Ellen Levin of Severna Park, Md.; by his nieces and nephews, and by a worldwide circle of friends and correspondents including William Reid of Berkshire, England; daughter-in-law, Dr. Donna Roth, MD, PhD; sons-in-law, Bill Ronald and Adrian Harkin. A memorial service was held Friday, March 14, at Fraser Heights Funeral Home, in Surrey. The family requests that donations in his honor be to the National Park Foundation (www.nationalparks.com) to aid in preservation of the Civil War battlefields Nat wrote about in so many of his articles.

Published in The Enterprise on Mar. 19, 2014
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