David Norton Shapiro, 77, owner of clothing store

March 15, 2003

David Norton Shapiro, 77, owner of clothing store

David Norton Shapiro, a former clothing store owner, died Tuesday of pulmonary disease at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Shapiro was raised in Frederick, where his father ran several small retail stores. He attended Frederick public schools.

In 1953, he married the former Bettye Strauss and moved to Annapolis, where he owned and managed The Fashion, a women's clothing store on Maryland Avenue.

The couple lived above the store before moving to Homewood, an Annapolis suburb, in 1964.

When the store closed in 1969, Mr. Shapiro became a salesman for Better Business Forms Inc. a printing company in Baltimore. He retired as a partner in 1998.

Mr. Shapiro was a member of the Congregation Kneseth Israel Synagogue, Bnai Brith and the Annapolis Elks Club.

A lifelong opera fan, he sang with several chorale groups in the Annapolis area and frequently sang opera spontaneously in public.

"He liked to chat with strangers," said his son Jay Shapiro of Annapolis. "He would tell one-liner jokes to waitresses who never really understood them." After retiring, he spent much time in Quiet Waters Park, listening to music and eating sandwiches.

A service was held Thursday at Congregation Kneseth Israel Synagogue.

He is survived by another son, Leon Shapiro of Annapolis; a daughter, Leslie Shapiro of Richmond, Va.; and two granddaughters. A brother, Jules Shapiro of Thurmont, died in 1997.

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