Robert Shapley
March 28, 1925 - May 2, 2015

Robert Shapley

Robert Shapley
Mar 28, 1925 - May 2, 2015

Robert Shapley
Iframe toggler
Free Newsletter
Find Us On Facebook
Plan Ahead
Free Grief Support

Bob (Robert) Shapley was born Boris Schapiro in New York, March 28, 1925 to Ida and Harry Schapiro, who were originally from Russia and came to the US in the early 1900's. He had one brother, Dr. Harry Shapley. Bob was called BABE by his parents, he was a child prodigy, he went to Julliard where he studied classical piano and played at Carnegie Hall. Bob played piano in the Navy band while he served his country from 1943 to 1945. He kept the troops entertained as he toured with the USO around the world during World War 2.
Being an extraordinarily talented musician who was self-taught, he played by ear the piano, organ, accordion, clarinet and other instruments.  He continued with his love for playing piano after World War 2 and played with Curly Fox & Texas Ruby on the weekly TV Show, and the Shep Fields Orchestra. Bob enjoyed performing at Jones Hall and around Houston at all the Country Clubs and he played the accordion for every graduation at River Ranch Dog Training School for 35 years.  He also worked at Holcombe Lindquist for 33 years selling pianos and organs.

Bob married first wife Barbara Ruth Shapley-Seay  in 1954. They met in Galveston while he was on tour, they had two children, Phyllis Susan Shapley- Crowell and Jerome Edward Shapley.

Bob married his second wife, Barbara Sue Storey-Shapley, on October 13, 1970 and worked alongside her at River Ranch breeding, boarding and training dogs for 34 years. Through Barbara, his family grew with the addition of four step children:  Cindy Marie Kelley-Thornby, Chris Alan Kelley, Celeste Anne Kelley-Broughton, and Johnny William Thompson.

Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He cherished his grandchildren and step grandchildren: Michelle Crowell, Sarah Shapley, Kara Hoffer-Shapley, Sister Mary Gianna, Jamie Thornby, Lacey Lauren Thompson.

Bob was always incredibly smart, had a warm heart and was well-liked by everyone he met.  We will always love him and miss him.

 

 

 
 

There are no tributes yet.

We encourage you to show your support by adding a tribute above:

  • Share your favorite memory of Robert
  • Offer your condolences to the family
  • Light a virtual candle

Videos

Photos

Add a photo

The services for Robert have not yet been added. Please sign up below to be notified when the services are ready.

Get Notified When a Service is Added

Iframe toggler
Free Newsletter
Find Us On Facebook
Plan Ahead
Free Grief Support
Robert Shapley

Sign in to add your memory

Login with Facebook

We will never post without permission

Just for verification: we never spam!

Robert Shapley

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Robert Shapley

Add to Your Calendar

Robert Shapley

Obit Checkin

Robert Shapley

Obituary Notifications

Grief Support

Robert Shapley

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Robert Shapley

Get Updates - SMS notifications

Thank you for sharing your memory of Robert

Help show your support by providing a gift of flowers and spreading the word.

Spread the Word

Help friends and acquaintances of Robert leave memories by sharing to Facebook

Share to Facebook Share on Facebook

Contact Us Today

Complete the contact form or call one of our locations. We are here to serve you.

Dallas Area
1611 North Central Expy
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 424-1141

Houston Area
5455 Dashwood St Ste 700
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 666-0257

Jewish Heritage… Jewish Traditions… Jewish-owned and operated

Contact Us

Dallas: 972-424-1141

Houston: 713-666-0257

Pre-Planning Seminars

Join us for a pre-planning seminar to learn more about our services and planning for the future.

Please visit www.prepaidfunerals.texas.gov for additional information.
Scroll to Top