Deceased Information


    Sam Shapiro

  • AGE



    Thursday, December 09, 2021


    Sunday, December 12, 2021


    2:30 PM




    • ❖ Dr. Nancy Kemeny Endowed Research Fund

      300 East 66th Street, New York, NY 10065

    • Temple Sinai Atlanta

      5645 Dupree Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327


    Samuel Robert Shapiro, 80, of Atlanta passed peacefully on Thursday, December 10, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Augusta, GA to Harry and Helen (Silberstein) Shapiro, and was the youngest of two boys.  Sam received a BA from the University of Georgia and started working in the family meat packing business.  However, he quickly found that his interests lay elsewhere and started work as a stockbroker.  His career included both boutique investment firms and major firms including Bear Stearns.  After leaving Bear Stearns, Sam founded Shapiro Capital Management with his sons, where he was Chief Investment Officer and  Chairman at the time of his passing.  Sam was an active philanthropist, supporting causes including The Jewish Home, Crohns and Colitis Foundation, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Emory University Healthcare and the College of Charleston, but always preferred his contributions to remain private. 


    Most importantly to Sam, he was a loving husband to Gina, father to three sons and daughters-in-law, adoring grandfather to 10 grandchildren, and great-grandfather of two.  Sam is survived by his wife Gina, sons Joel (Lauren), Louis (Emily), and Harry (Miranda), grandchildren Stephanie, Allison (Jake), Sarah (Greg), Jeffrey, Sophie, Molly, Charlie, Dylan, Jake, and Ty, and great-grandchildren Eloise and Riley, all of Atlanta, Georgia. He is also survived by his brother Norman (Shirley), of Augusta, Georgia.  Sam will also be missed by countless friends. 


    There will be a graveside service open to the community at Arlington Cemetery on Sunday, December 12, at 2:30 pm.  The family requests that all those in attendance wear facemasks. Those unable to join in person, or those who prefer to do so, can view the stream of the funeral service by clicking here:


    The family will sit Shiva Monday and Tuesday from 5 – 7:30 with service at 6:00, and Wednesday from 6 – 8:00, with service at 7:00.  In these unprecedented times, the family asks any who attend to be fully vaccinated, including a booster, and to wear a mask at all times.  Those who wish to observe the service via Zoom may do so at (passcode 5645).


    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Dr. Nancy Kemeny Endowed Research Fund, 300 East 66th Street, New York, NY 10065, or to Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Dr NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327.  Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999


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  • Penson Kaminsky

    So sorry to hear of Sam's Passing!

  • Michael and Anne Chorches

    Anne and I were so sorry to hear that Sammy passed away. We were in Connecticut and did not get back until this Wednesday evening. We so wanted to visit with you and the family to share our fond remembrances. Although, we did not see you frequently, never the less a closeness between us existed. I remember visiting Sammy when he was first diagnosed which to me seems so long ago and to you only yesterday as time passes so quickly when illnesses of this nature strike. We remember his smile, red hair as well his fight to stay alive which was monumental. Memories can be sad but also happy, bringing a smile to one's face. As this period of grief passes as it will, our hope is that his memory will be as a blessing to you and the rest of the family.

  • Mark Venti

    Sam was such an amazing man! He will be sorely missed by us all. Sam's time was cut short however he certainly evoked goodwill in all those around him during the time they were fortunate enough to be in his presence. "May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

  • Robbie Dokson

    Shapiro Family: So sad to learn of Sammy's passing. I did not have a relationship with him as an adult, but we grew up very near each other on The Hill in Augusta, his family on Lake forest Drive, mine a block away on Park Avenue. Sammy was 3 years older than I, and was a contemporary of my sister Judie (now unfortunately gone 7 years); indeed, they were 12-13 year old boyfriend-girlfriend. The guys in that older crowd-especially Sammy, Louis Levy, Harold Silver (until his tragic death at age 18) Sammy Simowitz and Milton Rubin- were like older brothers to me. Sammy especially was always very nice and helpful to a younger Robbie Dokson. I have very fond memories of him from our youth. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • merrill & Sheila Wynne

    Gina, so difficult to find the words to express the loss of Sammy to you and the Shapiro family. Over the years, we have shared so many wonderful times with you and Sammy and we cherish those memories. Sammy will be greatly missed by all of us that new and loved him. Sammy was a special person . Our prayers are with you and the family during this most difficult time. All our love, Sheila & Merrill

  • merrill & Sheila Wynne

    Dear Gina and Family. So difficult to find the words to express

  • Debbie and Louis Cohan

    Debbie and I were so sorry to hear about Sam. Sam gave me my first job - at Bear Stearns. I learned so much. I still use and pass those lessons on to this day. Of course, Sam lives on through his children and grandchildren. Hugs, prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Rosalee and Jerry Bogo

    Our sincerest and deepest condolences on your family’s sad loss. We send our love.

  • Elliot Brodie Palefsky

    So sorry to read of the passing of Sammy . I remember him back in the days at the University of Georgia at the TEP house. We had many good times back then he will be missed.

  • Mark Lichtenstein & Brenda Lichtenstein

    To quote Sinatra "Sam did it his way". So sorry for your loss and may Sam's memory be for a blessing.



  • lou moelchert

    Sam was one of the most memorable characters in my long personal career of meeting lots of characters. And he was my dear friend. A consummate professional and one of the finest investors I have had the honor of knowing and believe me when I say I have met many of the best in the world. Sam let his actions speak for themselves vs being an ego oriented publicity hound. He was simply the best and I hope his family truly appreciates what a great person he really was. I will miss him.

  • Dale and Haskell Toporek

    Gina, Haskell and I are thinking about you and sending our love your way.....after all, it was at your and Sammy's wedding that we first met......Surround yourself with your wonderful family and we hope to see you sooner rather than later....Dale and Haskell

  • Haskell and Dale Toporek

    Gina, we're thinking about you and your family at this time........and send our love.......after all,, it was at your and Sammy's wedding that Haskell and I we go way back. Take care, spend time with your wonderful family and we hope to see you soon. Dale and Haskell

  • Sandy & Norma Goldberg

    Our sincerest & deepest condolences on your family’s devastating loss. We send our love.

  • Steve Gilmer

    Gina and family my deepest sympathy, stay strong at this difficult time


    I vaguely remember over fifty years ago that I got a call from Sam asking about being a broker in Atlanta. I hope I had some influence as he became a great asset to the Atlanta investment community. My condolences to you and the family and will miss seeing him at Chop’s at lunch.

  • Lee Allen Feinberg

    Aunt Gina, Joel, Louis, Harry & respective wives, grandchildren & great grandchildren - Heard about Uncle Sammy & I am sending condolences to y’all. Fond memories of Charleston times as well as my trip to Mahogany Terrace flying down to South Florida by myself. May his memory be a blessing to y’all…may G-d comfort y’all among all the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Oleh b’shalom Uncle Sammy?!

  • Frank and Katherine Martucci

    Dearest Gina and Family. Our hearts go out to you all. We loved Sam dearly. He truly was a once in a lifetime friend and we are here for you. You are not alone. Katherine and Frank

  • margie and Milton Ruben

    Milton and I r totally devastated

  • Butch and Cookie Frank

    Dear Gina, You and Sammy enjoyed a beautiful and long love affair. May your memories bring comfort to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you! Butch and Cookie

  • Janice & Lee Smolen

    So sorry to hear of your loss. May his memory befor a blessing.

  • Lilly Correa

    Condolences to the family and big hugs.

  • Bo Frankel Lefkoff

    To Harry, Miranda and the entire Shapiro Family - my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. May the memories you have of him bring you comfort in the days to come.

  • Mitzi Tillem

    Sending love and hugs to all of you. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Kim Blass

    Sending love and condolences from the extended Blass family—Michael, Jared and Karen, Kim and Gray, Tammi and John.

  • David and Eve Levine

    Rest In Peace, Sammy. Our condolences to Gina and family. Sammy was a generous man who did a lot good in the world.

  • Rachel (Silberstein) Weber

    Many Rosh Hashanah’s with our family is a memory that always comes to mind. May Sammy’s memory be a blessing. Love and condolences to the whole family

  • Susan and Morris Socoloff

    Dear Gina and the entire Shapiro family, Morris and I are so sorry to hear of Sammy’s passing. May his memory be a blessing and comfort to you. We send our love and condolences to you.

  • nancy isenberg

    Gina and Family I knew Sammy growing up in Augusta. and then I ran into y'all in Atlanta. He was always such a nice man and treated people with such respect. My sincere condolences on your loss. May his memory be a blessing of family, fun, spirit and joy. Nancy

  • Howard and Sloane Neiman

    Our sincere condolences to the Shapiro family.

  • Harriet Karesh

    Dear Gina and family, Sanford has known Sammy since Sammy was 2 years old. He used to follow Norman and Sanford everywhere. When he was older, they all went on fishing trips together. Long time friends are the best. So many memories come to mind. Sanford and I will miss Sammy, we didn’t always see him, but when we did, it was like old times. Please know that we are praying for strength for you and your family. We are holding you in our hearts. Sending hugs to all. Our love.

  • Ann Levin

    Gina and family, I was so sorry to hear about Sammy. Cherish your lifetime of memories. Love and condolences to all of you. Ann

  • Michael (Mickey) Solomon

    I am very sorry for your loss. Sammy was one of my little brothers at GA. He will be missed. Mickey & Sarah Solomon.



  • Anita & Mark Rottner

    Dear Gina and Family, So very sorry for your loss. Sending our love and deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time. Cherish all the wonderful memories that you shared with him over the years. He will live in your hearts forever. Anita & Mark

  • Reba Kreisberg Herzfeld

    I new Sammy many many years growing up in Augusta. Sincere condolences to his family

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Gina, Lauren and family: We are sending our condolences to all of you and hope the memories of happy times together with Sam will help you through this difficult time.

  • Joan pressman

    My deepest condolences to the family



  • Barbara Klaus

    Gina, May Sam’s memory always bring a smile to your face and a warm feeling to your heart.

  • Martha Jo & Jerry Katz

    Dear Gina and family, we send our love and our sympathy. You and Sammy have been our friends since I was 13 and Jerr was 19. Our first years of marriage was with you two at UGA over 60 years ago. "Memories in the heart bring comfort to the soul. " WE love you!

  • Cay and Sherry King

    Gina and family, We were stunned and shocked to hear about Sammy's passing. We both send our sympathy and will pray for peace and strength for you during this tragic time.

  • Phil Gaeser

    Gina and family. So sorry for your loss. I have known Sammy since Augusta AZA. I will let all the UGA Teps know. Phil Gaeser


    I’ve known Sam since teenage years in Augusta. He was always genuine & kind. I’m so sorry for your loss. Brenna

  • Sandra Mislow

    Gina and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories of all of the wonderful years that you had. Sending my love to all of you.

  • ann schneider

    Dear Gina, I cannot even convey to you how deeply sorry I am or how much I care. ann

  • Susan And Arnie Zweig

    Gina and family So sorry for your loss Susie and Arnie

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