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Morris Shapiro

Obituary for Morris Shapiro

March 12, 1925 - August 4, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 92


Longtime Austin resident and businessman Morris Shapiro passed away peacefully at his home on August 4, 2017. Born March 12, 1925 in Coleman, TX to Fanny and Ike Shapiro. Morris wasn't sure if he was born at home or at the hospital. His mother died when he was 2 ½ years old, his only memory of his mother was her funeral in San Antonio on a cold day in March.

Morris had a difficult childhood as his father worked many different jobs all over West Texas trying to make a living during the depression. Throughout his childhood, Morris was farmed out to various aunts and uncles as well as living in boarding houses. He attended grammar school in Coleman (2 different times), Brady, Dallas and Winters, TX. In 7th grade Morris lived by himself for 6 months while his father was off in Lampasas working.

Morris attended high school for three years in Lampasas, TX before transferring for his senior year and graduating from San Saba High School. Following high school, Morris attended the University of Texas off and on while working in his father's dry good store in San Saba, TX.

In October 1947 Morris married Austinite Elaine Novy and became a permanent resident of Austin and a fixture of the Austin business community. Morris joined his father-in-law Jim Novy in the scrap metal and recycling business at Austin Metal & Iron.

Morris's accomplishments included being a Scout Master of the Boy Scouts in San Saba, TX as well as a member of UT's Alpha Phi Omega Boy Scout Fraternity and a member of UT's Tau Delta Phi Fraternity.

He was a member of the 1st City of Austin Human Right Commission and served as foreman on a Travis County Grand Jury. He was one of the founding members of West Austin Optimist Club and a member of the Austin Junior Chamber of Commerce. Morris served on bank boards and was a member of the Lamar Junior High PTA. He coached at Northwest Austin Little League baseball and was Vice President of Northwest Austin Little League.

Morris was a Shriner and Scottish Rite Mason and a 60-year member of Mason Lodge #12. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows lodge. He was a founding member of Congregation Beth El and served as president of the Travis County Tax Appraisal Board.

Morris is survived by his wife of 70 years Elaine Novy Shapiro, 4 sons: Bobby and wife Phyllis, Ira and wife Diane, Mike and wife Kay and Jay and wife Shannon, as well as 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Morris's 8 grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Bill Deaton, Dr. Ace Alsup, David Johnston, Kevin Koeller and Bob Miller. The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring and understanding people of Care Family Team who helped care for Morris.

Graveside services will be Sunday August 6, 2017 at 10am at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Congregation Beth El at, Salvation Army, American Heart Association or Brookwood in Georgetown or the charity of your choice.

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  • In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Congregation Beth El, Salvation Army, American Heart Association or Brookwood in Georgetown or the charity of your choice.

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