Samuel Shapiro Obituary, 16

November 20, 2013

in News,Obituaries

GOLETA, Calif. — Services were held at Temple B’nai Brith in Santa Barbara, Calif., for Samuel Blake Shapiro, 16, who passed away, surrounded by his family and friends, after an episode of WPW, a heart condition, on Nov 2 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sam was born on Nov. 14, 1996 in Santa Barbara, the son of Cindy Blake and Andy Shapiro.
He was a junior at Dos Pueblos High School and was also attending Santa Barbara City College. His interests included computer programming, Animae, Japanese language, online editing of Star Trek: Excelsior audio programs, and marine life. Sam spent many hours volunteering at the Ty Warner Sea Center where he especially enjoyed the Wet Deck, the Shark Tank, and the Touch Tank. Sam also loved spending his summers in Vermont and camping.
He will be remembered as an intelligent and inquisitive young man with a bright smile, who cared deeply about his family and friends.
He is survived by his parents; one sister, Emma, his grandparents John and Joyce Blake of Woodstock, and Sally Shapiro of Calabasas, Calif.; aunts and uncles: Gail Blake and Sarah Gibson of White River Jct., Diane Blake of Williston, Sandra and Tom Zonay of Taftsville, Judy and Greg Farrell of Wilder, Dee and Jeff Margolis of Calabasas, California, and Marc Shapiro of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., as well as his cousins, Alex, Justin and Margaret Zonay, Christopher, Loriann, and Alice Farrell, Matthew, Mitchell and Annie Margolis, Jack, Julie and Joey Shapiro, his dog, Wally, and his cat, Angel.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather Mel Shapiro.
Donations in Sam’s memory may be made to the Samuel Blake Shapiro Memorial Fund at the Ty Warner Sea Center, 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, or online:, or you may call with questions or to make a donation by telephone: 805-682-4711 ext. 110. The Fund will be used to build part of a new exhibit being installed next fall at the Sea Center.

This obituary first appeared in the November 21, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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Cindy Emery November 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm

One day Andy Shapiro came into my office and said, “I want to meet my future daughter-in-law”….Sam talks about “Cindy at Charter School” all the time. What a “laugh” we enjoyed over this. Never mind the fact, that I am a “much older” gal, a wife and mom…I reassured Andy he had no worries or concern as I said, “Sam is so smart and will realize I am just “a dumb blonde”. My darling Sam, how I cherish those precious moments in my office, listening to your stories and how your eyes sparkled with excitement over new discoveries you had to share. Sam told me he loves the name “Cindy”…and I asked, “why?” He responded, very seriously, looking at me with that Sam expression, “You have to ask?’…”It’s my mom’s name !” I will treasure the many lovely memories of Sam and wanted to share these two moments with all of you who love him. My heartfelt sympathy to Cindy & Andy, family & friends.

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