By Sukanya Ray Ghosh
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, industry veteran Joe Shapiro passed away at Sunnybrook Veteran’s Centre. He was gone peacefully at the age of 97, after a truly wonderful life. Joe was the beloved husband of Shirley Shapiro; loving father and father-in-law of Neil and Dee, and Michael and Debbie; dear brother of Bernie and the late Freda Bernstein, Hilda Caplan, and Lou Shapiro; devoted grandfather of Jared and Shelby, Lorraine and Jon, Daniel and Rachel, Zak, and Kyle; and devoted great-grandfather of Noah, and Benjamin.
A graveside service is to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Frank Fulton, president of Fultech Fenestration Consulting, notes, “Joe Shapiro was one of the pioneers, and one of the characters, in the glass business. He was a co-founder of Sealite Glass Ltd. with Fred Fulton in the late 1950’s, one of the first independent small businesses manufacturing the new insulating glass units at the time. After Sealite Glass was sold to Glaverbel Glass, Joe started and operated Airlite Glass for many years.”