David Shapiro

David Shapiro

May 3, 1931 - October 21, 2020
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David Shapiro, 89, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at home.

He was born May 3, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts to Miriam Baker Shapiro and Leo Shapiro.

Mr. Shapiro went on to Graduate with honors from Boston University.

After college he served in the United States Air Force and later in the Air Force reserve.

As a liaison officer he mentored young men looking to attend the Air Force Academy.

He retired as a Colonel in 1991.

With some friends from college he moved to Dallas, and promptly scheduled a meeting with the city’s mayor to see where his talents could best be utilized. This is where the idea for his PR firm was born-
representing multiple trade associations, night clubs and movie studios. He also wrote a column for the Dallas Morning News called Dave’s Dallas.

It was during this time he met his wife of 61 years, Kay Baim. They married in 1959 and relocated to Pine Bluff in 1960. David became the president and later owner of Baim’s Department Store.

He retired in 1994.

In his “retirement” he became the National director of Marketing for SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) where he volunteered his time as an advisor and mentor to small business owners and individuals interested in starting a business. He was recognized for his national service by President George Bush.

He also served as a chairperson on the advisory council of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
For his strong support he received an honorary doctorate, and the college’s business library was named for him.
He was funny, smart, loving and generous as well as a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Kay Baim Shapiro; his son, Jeff Shapiro (of Ruston, LA); daughter, Renee Shapiro (Brandon Mills of Little Rock); son, Greg Shapiro (Marla Shapiro of White Hall); grandsons, Brandon Shapiro, Mason Rush, and Gavin Shapiro; and great-grandson Grayson Rush.

Private services will be held at a later date by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors (online register: The family requests privacy at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends and family make a donation in David’s name to their favorite charity.
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Amy Postel

Posted at 11:06am
I remember Mr. David at Baim's many, many years ago. That was where my mother always purchased my school clothes, as my great-aunt worked there for many years. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. I know he will be deeply missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Roni Gean

Posted at 05:31pm
Oh, Miss Kay, we are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies. Roger and Roni Gean

Rick Skillen

Posted at 07:38pm
Always a gentleman. A consummate businessman. Always supported the Chamber and anything positive for Pine Bluff. I feel lucky to have known him and consider him a friend. Our family were shoppers at Baim Department Store & the Hardware as well. Wish you peace.

Tanya Taylor

Posted at 04:01pm
Renee, I am very sorry about the loss of your father. You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time.
Tanya Taylor

Linda Cortez

Posted at 02:07pm
To the Shapiro Family....prayers to you all and my sincere condolences.

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