Judge James E. Shapiro
Judge James E. Shapiro

Fox Point - Passed away Feb. 5, 2021 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Rhea Shapiro (nee Kahn). Loving father of Jeffrey and Steve (Sheryl) Shapiro. Proud grandfather of Jack Shapiro. Futher survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Judge Shapiro (also known as Jimmy) graduated from Washington High School, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Harvard Law School. He served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War. Jimmy became Judge Jimmy in 1982 after being appointed to the Federal Bankruptcy Court where he proudly served for 30 years.

He loved to play tennis and piano and loved to sing to his dogs. He will be missed by all.

Private funeral services were held on Feb. 9, 2021 with burial at Spring Hill Cemetery in Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Cong. Shalom Food Pantry in Fox Point, WI Humane Society, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital appreciated.








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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Feb. 7 to Feb. 10, 2021.
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Jim was a special friend. He will be missed.
Jerry and Marjorie Pagel
February 13, 2021
Dear Mrs. Rhea,,, I still remember the first time I met Judge Shapiro.. My mom Carol introduced me to Judge.. He took my hand and showed me his exquisite chambers along with the court room. I remember him letting me sit in his chair,, I had to be like 7 years old. His chair swallowed me up He was such a wonderful, respectful, honorable man... He will be missed... My our (Carol, Marlaina, Tiffany) condolences to you and your family.. May he Rest In Peace
Tiffany Duncan
February 10, 2021
Dear Rhea and Family, We were shocked and so saddened to hear this news. Jimmy was very dear to both of us, but much longer to Eli during their long years of partnership and friendship both professional and personal. We know his memory will be the blessing his life was, but this doesn't make the present easy. We wish you ultimate comfort in memories and will be in touch more directly.
Linda and Eli Frank
February 8, 2021
I told Judge Shapiro's wife at an event that her husband was my favorite judge. I told her that I wanted her to know that as a judge he's considerate, fair, and attentive and there's no one like him. He was standing right next to her, smiling that infectious smile, and I was glad he heard what kind of impression he made on the attorneys that appeared before him. That was many years ago, but I still want to be like Jim Shapiro and I know I'm not alone.
Ben Payne
February 8, 2021
So sad to hear of Jimmys passing Rhea. Offering my deepest sympathy.
Barbara Posner Ward
February 8, 2021
Jim Shapiro was one of the last true gentlemen. He always had a big heart, ready smile, and compassion for the underdog. He'll be truly missed. My condolences to his family.
Tom Cannon
February 8, 2021