Sidney Shapiro
Dr. Sidney Shapiro, a well-known Hartford orthodontist for almost half a century, died in Philadelphia, on July 25, which was his 99th birthday. Dr. Shapiro was born on the Lower East Side of New York in 1906. Around 1915, his family moved to Hartford, where Dr. Shapiro graduated from Hartford High School. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to the then rural village of Unionville, where Dr. Shapiro’s father, Max Shapiro, operated a dry-goods store. Dr. Shapiro earned his dental degree from Harvard in 1929 and began his practice in orthodontics. He practiced in Hartford for almost 50 years, retiring in 1977. During that time, he sometimes served two and three generations of many Hartford families. He was a longtime member of the Hartford Dental Society and served as its president in the early 1950s. At the time of his death, Dr. Shapiro was the oldest living past president of the Society. In 1945 Dr. Shapiro married Mae Fineberg of Yonkers, New York. Their son, Joshua, was born in 1946. The family was longtime residents of West Hartford, where they belonged to the Beth El Temple of West Hartford. An avid golfer, Dr. Shapiro was one of the first members of the Tumblebrook Country Club, Bloomfield. Upon retiring, he and his wife moved back to the Unionville area, where they lived at Farmington Woods. Mae Shapiro died in 1989, and Dr. Shapiro moved to the Philadelphia area, where his son, Josh and wife Elaine lived. Dr. Shapiro leaves his son Josh, daughter-in-law, Elaine Shapiro, grandchildren Scott Kelly of Chestnut Hill, PA, and Debbie Bloomer and her husband Larry, and great-granddaughter, Reanna Bloomer of Charlotte, NC. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 10:30 A.M. in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford with Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler officiating. Interment will follow in Beth El Temple Cemetery, Avon. The family will receive relatives and friends immediately following the interment at the Marriott Hotel, 15 Farm Springs Rd., Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to A Charity of the Donor’s Choice. For further information, directions, or to share memories of Dr. Shapiro with his family, please visit online at

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