MADISON - Lawrence "Larry" Shapiro, age 56, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at home of cancer on Monday July 21, 2003. Larry was born on Oct. 19, 1946, in Madison, the son of Herman and Ann (Robinson) Shapiro. He married Barbara Roth on May 26, 2002. Larry was a lifelong resident of Madison, as were his parents. He graduated from Central High School in 1965 and later obtained a master's of social work degree from the University of Wisconsin. Larry owned and operated Quality Collision Repair and Refinishing for more than 20 years. He was a vibrant and enthusiastic supporter of several community organizations, including the Madison Jewish Community Council, of which he had served as president. His activities reached beyond the Jewish community to organizations such as the Urban League of Madison and Madison AIDS Support Network. He took great pleasure in working to make Madison a better home for all its residents. Larry had boundless love for his family and is survived by his mother, Ann; wife, Barbara Roth; brother Dann (Georgette) of Greenland, N.H.; son, Gabriel (Emily) of St. Paul, Minn.; daughter, Dena of Cleveland, Ohio; nephew, Randy Boss, his wife, Janet, and their son, Luke, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; and niece, Danielle Caturano (Jason) of North Reading, Mass. Larry also leaves behind many dearly loved cousins, aunts and an uncle, as well as the many, many friends he so deeply cherished. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Herman. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday July 23, 2003, at 11 a.m. at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison. Rabbi Jan Brahms will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the UW-Madison Comprehensive Cancer Center, K4/658 CSC, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792-0001; Urban League of Madison, 151 E. Gorham St., Madison, WI 53703; Alzheimer's Association, 517 N. Segoe Road, Suite No. 301, Madison, WI 53705; or the Madison Jewish Community Council, 6434 Enterprise Lane, Madison, WI 53719-1117. Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434
Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 22, 2003
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