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Norman Shapiro

October 18, 1930 April 13, 2013
Norman Shapiro
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April 13, 2013

Warwick, NY

Norman Shapiro, 82, of Warwick, NY, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, after a short illness.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Rubin and Rae (Plotkin) Shapiro. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School at the age of 16. He then went on to graduate from Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Law School.He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1953 and was in private practice for most of his 60-year career, specializing in criminal law. He served for a time as Orange County District Attorney.Shapiro was also a founding member of the New York State Defenders Association in 1967 and served as the organization's vice president from 1980 until 2011. He received the New York State Defenders Association's Service of Justice Award in 2011. He also served as Chief Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and taught Police Science at the former Orange County Community College, now SUNY Orange. He often aided other attorneys with forensic arson investigations.Shapiro was active in nature and youth organizations. He served as president of the Sarah Wells Council of the Girl Scouts and received the Silver Beaver Award from the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, one of the organization's highest honors.He was on the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society, as well as for the Audubon Council of New York, which in 2008 gave him the Norman Stotz Award for his outstanding contribution to the local organization and its mission.An avid botanist, Shapiro earned regular and advanced certificates from the New York Botanical Garden.

Shapiro is survived by his wife, Sabina (Pidgeon) Shapiro; two brothers: Lenny and Larry; his daughters from a previous marriage: Joan and Judy Shapiro, and their respective husbands, Luther Turmelle and Tom Snoblen; and two grandsons: Zachary and Jacob Turmelle. He was predeceased by a daughter from a previous marriage, Debbie, in 1955.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Temple Beth Shalom in Florida, NY, to be followed by burial at Temple Beth Shalom Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Safe Homes of Orange County, 280 Broadway, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or Orange County Audubon, PO Box 836, Middletown, NY 10940.

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