Lee J. Shapiro 1946-2020

Born in suburban New York in January 1946, he left to attend college at University of Denver, and then stayed on to obtain a JD in 1972. Soon he had started a thriving law practice engaged in personal injury and employment law. And he fell in love with the mountains. He skied and swam and climbed and never stopped moving.

He reluctantly left Colorado so that he could be near his sister Jane and her family in Berkeley. And then in 2006 in John Argue’s class he met his love, Amy Blasenheim. She devoted herself to his care, she knew what was in store but she had wonderful years with Lee and made his last years wonderful as well.
Even when the Parkinson’s progressed he continued his stubborn tenacity hiking in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe or enjoying the waters of Hawaii.

He volunteered for clinical trials, he attended PD specific exercise and yoga classes and all the while he laughed and hugged and made others laugh with him. Lee made many friends in the PD community, finding his purpose by inspiring them to live their lives fully just as he did.

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