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Morris A. Shapiro

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BENNINGTON -- Morris A. Shapiro, 91, a resident of Bennington, died Saturday morning, Nov. 19, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

He was born in Newburgh, N.Y., on July 5, 1914, the son of William and Anna (Rosen) Shapiro and attended local schools. He received his undergraduate degree from Alfred University in New York and a bachelor of law degree from Fordham University.

He married the former Marion Thim in Greenwich, Conn., on May 22, 1942. Mrs. Shapiro died Jan. 16, 2005.

Mr. Shapiro was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army and achieving the rank of sergeant in the military police. Before entering the service Mr. Shapiro practiced general law. Upon returning from his tour of duty, Mr. Shapiro worked as a hearing aid dealer, owning and operating his own business.

He was the president of the New York State Hearing Aid Dealers Guild and was responsible and very instrumental in lobbying for legislation to make licensing mandatory for dispensing hearing aids.

He loved Big Band era music and was an avid saxophonist, playing in bands for many years. He also enjoyed bowling.

He is survived by his son, Joel Shapiro of Bondville, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Shapiro were held Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Rabbi Robert Freedman of Israel Congregation, Manchester, conducted the service. Interment followed in the family lot in the Manchester Israel Congregation section of Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. Among those in attendance were representatives and staff from the Vermont Veterans Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home Activities Fund, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

To send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2005
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