Samuel Shapiro

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 1918
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Samuel Shapiro, 99, of Longboat Key, Florida, formerly of Wooster, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2018. Born on October 29, 1918, he was the son of Jennie and Meyer Shapiro of Wooster. 

Sam was the husband of Ellen Levin Shapiro who passed away in 1983. He married Sally Gardner Shapiro, who passed away in 2014. He was father to a blended family: Steve Shapiro (Cheryl), Tom Shapiro (Debbie), Pam (Gardner) Wolf, Jill (Gardner) Joseph and Judd Gardner. Sam’s legacy continues in the love of his nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Sam graduated from The Ohio State University. After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, he returned to Wooster and joined his father at Wayne County Iron and Metal.  Sam was the founder of Wayne Steel. Over the next 35 years as president, he led the company through its transformation into one of the most successful businesses in Wayne County. He also established Metallics Recycling, Summit Steel and Akron Rebar.

Sam contributed to the economic and humanitarian viability of the Wooster area through his personal philosophy of giving back to the community. While residing in Wooster, Sam served as president of the Wooster Rotary Club, the YMCA, Boy’s Village, Wooster School Board, and Knesseth Israel temple.  He was a major contributor to the Ellen Shapiro Natatorium and spearheaded fundraising campaigns for the Wayne Center for the Arts, the American Cancer Society, and many other worthy organizations. 

In recent years, Sam and his wife, Sally, become known as philanthropists in the Sarasota area, giving generously to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and building the Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies and Children’s Medical Center at the Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center.

Sam was predeceased by sisters Ida Guttman and Rosabell Caplan.

Sam enjoyed traveling the world, a good bridge game, spending time with family and friends and living each day to the fullest.

He will be remembered by his family not only for his love of them but also for his love of community. His charitable contributions and leadership were an example to everyone who knew him. 

A funeral service will be officiated by Cantor Beth Friedman Rommell on Tuesday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at McIntire, Bradham, & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. Burial will follow at Wooster Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee ( or Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies & Children’s Medical Center (

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee ( or Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies & Children's Medical Center (


There will be no Calling Hours.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, with Cantor Beth Friedman Rommell officiating. Burial will follow at Wooster Cemetery.


Our condolences to all of you.
Your Father was such a wonderful man.

So sorry for your loss.
Matt & Amy

Sam was a classy man whose warmth and kindness extended to everyone. Tom admired him as a role model and friend. My thoughts are with Steve, Cheryl and all of Sam's family.

I have known Sam for many many years and loved him dearly. I have many fond memories. My deepest sympathy. Love Evelyn.

Sam was a true community leader. Thank you for all of his wonderful contributions in helping Wooster to be such an incredible community.

A man for the ages....

So very sorry for your loss.

You have our warmest condolence's for your loss.

Condolences for your loss

I'm away from town. So sorry to not give my condolences in person

Dear Friends, We were sad to read of your dad's passing. There are a few "giants" that roam this earth and Sam was one of them. Dave always enjoyed working for him. He was a good businessman and a fair businessman. I remember how much my dad enjoyed time with Sam and mom and dad did lots with Sam and Ellen. Reading the list of places and programs that benefitted from Sam's attention and philanthropy I can see why you all are such committed and generous people. He left a wonderful legacy. Love to you all. Dave and Linda

Very sorry to learn of Mr. Shapiro's death, but awed by his long, fruitful life! He was my father, Eldo Franks' boss at Wayne County Iron and Metal, and I remember hearing wonderful things about him when I was a child, as well as going to dad's office occasionally and playing with his adding machine. My sympathy to all his family and loved ones.

Steve and family, so sorry for the loss of your father. The passing of our parents is so hard on everyone. Blessings

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