July 7, 1942- March 21, 2017
Michael Lawrence Shapiro was born July 7, 1942 to Irving and Ceil Shapiro in Buffalo, NY. In 1968 he met the love of his life, Sharon Shapiro, and in 1972 moved to Boonville, CA and built a home on his treasured piece of property in a community that he loved. He is survived by his three sons: Ben, David, and Gabe, of whom he was extremely proud, as well as of their wives: Sarah, Amy, Lyell, and of his six grandchildren that he adored: Lillah, Abby, Noah, Levi, Skyler, and MIcah. He also is survived by his sister Judy Morse and his prcious extended family. Michael was a real estate broker and developer throughout Mendocino County and a very proud member of what he termed “paradise.” He loved splitting firewood, fishing in his pond, gardening, watching wildlife, attending his boys sporting events, and creatively solving problems. There will be a celebration of his life at the Mendocino Fairgrounds Apple Hall at 12:30 pm this Friday, March 24. Arrangements are under the cirection of the Eversole Mortuary.
Published in the Ukiah Daily Journal on March 23, 2017
Dear Turkey V friends; It is with a said heart that Sharon, Mike’s wife reported to me yesterday that Mike Shapiro, a Turkey V Vol, passed away 2 days ago. I will greatly miss Mike, and I, for one have known him since our Peace Corps days, of course, then their move to Berkeley, when he ran Children’s Theatre Workshop (eg. Sesame Street) for KQED TV in San Francisco, his marriage to Sharon and move to Booneville, where I helped to build their first home on 14 acres that overlooked Anderson Valley. Mike was the consummate realtor and entrepreneur, who began North Country Realty in the 1970s with offices in a RR boxcar and caboose, then moved his operation to Ukiah, as well as his home to a 200 acre ranch with a Bass pond, which he loved to fish! I and Hendrika will always remember him as the terrific community organizer, husband of Sharon, and father of 3 terrific sons now with multiple grandchildren. — Harlan Green