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Richard D. Shapiro

Richard D. Shapiro, 67, of Rockaway died July 22, 2011. He previously resided in Worcester, Mass.; Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Paterson before moving to Rockaway 33 years ago.

From 1977 to 2011 he was a partner at Hellring Lindeman Goldstein and Siegal LLP. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Special Prosecutions at the United States Attorney’s Office from 1974 to 1977 and Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, 1971-1977.

He graduated from Clark University with a BA in philosophy in 1966 and received a JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1969.

He was chair of the Israel and Overseas Committee of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, a member of UJC MetroWest’s Community Relations Committee, and a member of the board of trustees of the Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest. He was also a longtime member of White Meadow Temple, Rockaway.

“Dick joined me on the board of the Jewish Vocational Service and soon became a far better member than me,” said Roger Jacobs of West Orange, who is also a former chair of the MetroWest CRC. “He cared deeply about people; about helping people; and, in this case, about creating opportunities for those who truly needed them.”

He is survived by his wife, Carol; his son, Steven; his daughter, Emily Shapiro Katz; two brothers, Paul and Carl; and three grandchildren.

Services were held July 24 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to White Meadow Temple, Smile Train, and Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest.

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