Burton G. Shiro
1923 - 2016
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BURTON G. SHIRO WATERVILLE, ME. On March 5, 2016, Burton Grant Shiro, 92, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at Mount Saint Joseph in Waterville. Burton was born in Newtonville, MA to Celia and Louis Shiro on July 26, 1923. He moved to Waterville as a young boy and was educated in local area schools. He graduated from Colby after his college education was interrupted by 2 years of WWII army service spent primarily in the South Pacific where he was severely wounded during combat. Burton was awarded The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, The Meritorious Unit Emblem, The American Campaign Medal, The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars (New Guinea and Luzon Campaigns) and Arrowhead for an amphibious assault landing, The World War II Victory Medal, The Combat Infantryman Badge, The Republic of Philippines Presidential Unit Citation Badge, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII. Burton went on to graduate from Boston University Law School where he met his wife Phyllis Ann Kovner of Brockton, MA and to whom he was married for 64 years. Together they settled in Waterville where he established his law office and remained an active practitioner since 1950. He also enjoyed many winters and good friends in Naples, FL. Burton is survived by his wife Phyllis; his sister Gladys; his three children, Louis of Waterville, Brian of Wilmington, NC, Leslie of New York, NY, his daughter in-law Donna; and two grandchildren, Alexis and Zachary Shiro. Burton was predeceased by his parents; sisters Anna Price and Marcia Beckerman, as well as his brothers, Oren and Teddy Shiro. A former City Solicitor, State Senator, and Waterville mayoral candidate, Burton was an active member of the Waterville community and strongly supported and assisted in the establishment of the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta and the passing of the mandatory seat belt law in the 1960s. Burton was a long-time Judge Advocate for the American Legion of which he was a member for 57 years and also a lifetime member of the Beth Israel Synagogue. He was also a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He was a dedicated attorney who defended his clients vigorously and believed in helping people in need. He was known to have accepted payment at times in the form of pies, fish and venison when his clients' resources were limited. Beloved for his special combination of strength and humor, he was a devoted and adored husband and father who enjoyed spending time attending and watching sports of all kinds, but especially his sport of football. Burton was a star high school and college athlete, becoming a Small College All-American in football. He also excelled at swimming, biking, putting, and ping-pong. He was also a City of Waterville horseshoe champion. Burton enjoyed all kinds of food and was responsible for introducing Chinese cuisine to the Central Maine area at his family's restaurant, The Jefferson. His family would like to give thanks to the many relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends whose love and support is so deeply appreciated. We are also grateful to the staff of MaineGeneral, as well as Dr. Atkins and the skilled nursing team at Mount Saint Joseph for their kind and compassionate care. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Beth Israel Synagogue, 291 Main Street, Waterville, ME. Burial will follow at 12 noon at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. Please visit www.redingtonfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family. Donations may be made either to: Travis Mills Foundation, 89 Water St, Hallowell, ME 04347 (www.travismills.org) or: Beth Israel Synagogue, P.O. Box 1882, Waterville, ME 04903 (bethisraelwaterville@yahoo.com) or: the charitable organization of your choice - See more at: http://obituaries.centralmaine.com/obituaries/mainetoday-centralmaine/obituary.aspx?n=burton-g-shiro&pid=177975022

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Published in Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 9, 2016.
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May 28, 2016
I ran across this notice and am so sorry to hear of Burt's passing. Phyllis, I have fond memories of organizing your 50th anniversary gathering in Bermuda. It was a beautiful tribute to your marriage. My condolences to you and your family. May his memory be a blessing. Alice and Gene Peters
Alice Peters
March 20, 2016
Dear Shiro Family, I am so honored to have met your dad through Caryll and Steve Greene. I knew him as a sweet man. I read his obituary and was smiling as I read all the wonderful things he did in his life. Wow. What a man. I'm so glad I knew him. Donna Cloney (Dave Kovner's wife)
Donna Cloney
March 14, 2016
I have recently moved out of the Waterville area and have just learned of the passing of Mr. Shiro. My thoughts and prayers are with Louis and the entire Shiro family.
Chuck Saliba
March 9, 2016
Dear Phyllis, Louis, Brian, and Leslie. I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you at this time. There are no words I can offer to ease the loss. Burt was very good to me, and I shall never forget his kindness. Louis often remarked that his parents were the only people he knew who had a handyman with a PhD. I can only tell you that whenever Phyllis or Burt would ask anything of me I was only too happy to do what I could as I am most fond of them both.

We wish we could be in Maine to attend the service. Men are born every day; great men far less seldom.
Dr. & Mrs. W. Sumner Davis
March 9, 2016
Much love and many prayers to all of your family, Phyllis, at this difficult time. Burt such a great guy...
Dianne Joseph
March 9, 2016
Brian, What a remarkable man your Father must have been. He left a lot of good memories to cherish. My sympathy to all the family for your loss. Katherine Matthews Goslee
March 9, 2016
Leslie your Dad was a wonderful man. He was so sharp and funny. I have many fond memories. He was very proud of his whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Fred Lagomarsino
March 8, 2016
Shiro Famlies, Mr. Shiro represented my mom in the early 60's on different matters, his advice & honest caring about the results of info provided, came from a Man who was more honest/sincere than I can put into words; Your Family, the community has lost one of it's Best, God Bless Bert, will join you someday;
David B. Conoran Sr. (mom, Deloris M. Lemlie Hass)
David Conoran Sr.
March 8, 2016
Dear Cousin Phyllis: Our codolences to you and your entire family on the passing of Burt. Our thougths are with you all.
Eric & Sara Lee Bloom
March 8, 2016
My condolences to the family ...
Memories are in the heart for infinity...
Paula Lam
March 8, 2016
Leslie I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. You and your family are in my prayers.
Charles Redmond
March 8, 2016
I have very fond memories of Burt and your whole family. May his memory be a blessing.
Ellen Sterns Brown
March 8, 2016
I am so sorry. I adored Burt and I send you ALL my best wishes. Burt will always hold a special place in my heart. I have so many fond memories of him and of your entire family. I look forward to seeing you this summer when I am in Maine. Take care of yourselves and please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Big Hugs to everyone.
Julie Miller-Soros
March 8, 2016
My Deepest Sympathy to Phyllis , Louey , and all of Burts Family.May he Rest In Peace in GODS Loving Arms.
Tim Elms
March 8, 2016
We are so saddened to hear of his passing, although we knew him only briefly, he was a lovely man. Our sincere condolences to his family. Hopefully you will find comfort in all of your wonderful memories.
pat and harry tobey
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