Elaine Shapiro Ackman
1931 - 2021
Bliley's Funeral Homes Central Chapel
3801 Augusta Ave
Richmond, VA
ACKMAN, Elaine Shapiro, Born July 8th, 1931, in Richmond, Va., Elaine Frances Shapiro Ackman was the daughter of Fannie and Louis Shapiro; the sister of Rheda Brandt; the mother of Paul Ackman, Bruce Ackman (Rachel Sattler), Lynn Burris, Amy Goel (Yossi Goel); and the Bubbie of Daniel, Joseph and Leah Burris, Asher and Moshe Ackman, Sara, Shai and Evan Goel. She was also the adopted Bubbie to Billy and Bobby Burris; and Aunt Elaine to Barbara, Anne, Laura, Susan and Vanessa. In 1957, Elaine married the absolute love of her life, Barry Ackman. Graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and of (RPI) VCU with a master's degree in Social Work, Elaine dedicated her life to helping others, and her work reflects that. She spent time working with the IVNA, served as the former Executive Director of Jewish Family Services, a founding member of the Richmond Learning Disabilities Council, and one of the Founders of the Richmond Apartment Owners Association. She was essential in establishing the Milk Fund Project with B'nai Brith Women, which provided milk and then hot lunches to the children of Grace Ahrents School. As a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, she started the Meals on Wheels program, now part of Central Virginia Food Bank, acting as its first Director and then later volunteering as a meal delivery driver. In 1974, she bought her first property on Floyd Avenue and fell in love with renovating old buildings, thus creating Ackman Realty. Thanks to Willie Green, she was able to run Ackman Realty and continue the volunteering projects that meant so much to her. Elaine spent much of her time in service to the community. She helped establish and subsequently volunteered with the Emergency Foster Care Program in Richmond, as well as volunteering with the Swansboro School through the Richmond Jewish Coalition, and serving lunch at the Mount Moriah Baptist church through Friends of the Homeless. She also enjoyed her involvement with the RVA Aphasia group and the camaraderie and support she found within. Elaine would be the first to tell you that she could not have had her successful life and career without the loving support of her true love, Barry and their beloved family housekeeper, Agnes Farmer. She spent her final years enjoying time spent with her family, feeding the ducks at Byrd park, and in the company of her favorite child -- her dog, Buster. The family would like to especially thank Janet with Hospice of Virginia. Due to COVID-19, burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Virginia Food Bank and Keneseth Beth Israel at 6300 Patterson Ave., Richmond, Va. 23226,

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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Feb. 7, 2021.
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My prayers go out to the entire Ackman family! Elaine was one of the most giving and sincere ladies l have ever known Whenever you wanted something done when you ask Elaine you knew it would be done ASAP! Barry and Elaine were the most understanding human beings! They both help me out in a time of need when I was employed at Lewis Supply My thoughts and prayers are with the family I hope your fond memories of her will help you get through this difficult time I was very blessed that God put me around such a great family
Barbara WhiteTT
April 12, 2021
So sorry to hear about Mrs. Ackman's passing. I wish that we had been able to meet her. We have been close friends with her son Paul for many years, so I feel like I know her. Our warmest thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Cathy, Clay and Griffin Cramer
February 12, 2021
Elaine was a positive force in this world. She was brave, kind and adventurous...she passed this on to her 4 children. Full of charm and always a kind word to lift the spirits no matter what! I spent many Passover seders at Elaine's and it was/is my connection to the Jewish community in Richmond. I will miss her much. RIP Elaine...I love you!!!
Amy Altman
February 9, 2021
What a long life! People are so much better for her many years of giving. God Bless.
David Franke
February 9, 2021
I didn't know her personally, but I know her son, Paul. Learning about how amazing she was as an individual, it's no surprise she raised such a kind-hearted son. Sending love to your family and little Buster.
Brittanie Pendleton
February 9, 2021
Prayers for strength and comfort. She was a good woman, a ray of sunshine in so many lives. Thank you Mrs. Ackman for just being you. Rest easy sweet angel.
Sarah Chamberlayne
February 9, 2021
Sad to hear that you have past away!! Your son Paul would always share pics of you snd Buster
Cynthia Leithwood
February 9, 2021
She was an amazing woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Gold
February 9, 2021
I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your Mom. My Gram, Bessie Rosenberg Schorr, always talked of Sadie Ackman, her cousin, who must have been your Grandmother. She was very special to her. When you have a chance, can you tell me how we are related? Do you have a family tree? I love knowing relatives, at even at a distance. I am Jesse Ritz's older sister. Was Sadie, Barry's Mother? Please know that special thoughts are with you and your family at this time, and I hope to get to know you all better now. Sincerely, Emily Ritz Gerber
Emily Ritz Gerber
February 8, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Elaine truely was a lovely woman. Hope time helps to heal some of your sense of loss.
Jesse Ritz
February 8, 2021
Bruce, so sorry to hear about your mom. You will be in my prayers!
John Starke
February 7, 2021
I was so sad to hear the news of Elaine's passing. She was a remarkable person contributing so much to her community. Elaine was known for her love of family, intelligence, and generosity. She led a rich and fulfilling life.
Susan Hapala
February 7, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Elaine's passing. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her family was her life.
Fern Coh en
February 7, 2021
Larry and I offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences and love to the entire family on the passing of you dear mother and Bubbie. When I reflect on my lifelong relationship with Elaine, what comes to mind, is her deep commitment and love of family and her extraordinary effort and ability to make the world a better place. Tikkun Olum, repairing the world, was always at the forefront of her thoughts and deeds. The Richmond community, as well as other communities, are better because of Elaine. May her memory always be for a blessing.
Marcie & Larry Kocen Kelner
February 7, 2021
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