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Arnold Ives Shapiro, a former resident of Watertown, died at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson, MD on March 5, 2014; he was 90. He was born May 9, 1923, in Watertown, NY. He attended Watertown public schools, Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass, and he graduated from Yale University.

From 1944-1946, he served with the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer. From 1946-1953, he was an Executive with the Globe Store, and from 1953 to 1973 he was the owner of the Globe Store. The business was liquidated in 1973.

His public service included Charter Trustee at Jefferson Community College (JCC), Chairman of Watertown Citizen’s Urban Renewal Council, member of the City’s Planning Commission, member of the Executive Committee for Jefferson County Council of Social Agencies, member of the National Downtown Development Committee of the National Retail Merchants Association and member of the NY State Retail Council. Mr. Shapiro created the Israel A. Shapiro Award in 1954 to honor the memory of his father, Israel Shapiro.

Upon leaving the Watertown area, Mr. Shapiro served as Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic States in Yale University’s $370 million capital fundraising campaign in the late 1970’s. He was a Sales Consultant with Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate in Baltimore, MD. He was an avid student of national and international politics. He loved sports of all varieties and played tennis in his 80s.

He was married to Helen Baran Shapiro from 1953 until her death in 1989, after which he was married to Beverly Getz Shapiro from 1990 until her death in 1998. He is survived by his daughter, Margo Appel and her husband, John Appel, of Alexandria, Virginia and by his granddaughter, Jacqueline Appel Martin and her husband, William Cody Martin. Mr. Shapiro’s fraternal twin, Gerald Ellis, died in 1992. Mr. Ellis was a professional entertainer. Contributions in honor of Mr. Shapiro may be made to Jefferson Community College. There will be no formal service in Watertown.

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