Roy Schapira, owner of Valley Onions and an inductee into the Texas Produce Association Hall of Fame, died July 26.
He was born May 13, 1913, in Chicago, and died peacefully in San Antonio, Texas, according to Porter Loring Mortuary.
Before he started working in the fields, Schapira had jobs panning for gold and working in the garment district of New York. He also served on boards and advisory boards for Texas banks.
He lived with his wife, Ruth, in McAllen, Texas, for more than 50 years. He was an avid fisherman and storyteller.
He leaves behind his wife of 72 years, Ruth Susser Schapira; daughter Janet Westheimer and her husband Joe; son Jay Schapira and his wife Phyllis; grandchildren Michael, Julie and Jeffrey Westheimer, and Beth, Jamie, Gwen and Leslie Schapira; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family directs contributions to The Barshop Jewish Community Center, 12500 NW Military Hwy., San Antonio, TX, 78231, attn: Tribute/GM Women’s Auxiliary Fund; The Jay N. Schapira MD Medical Research Foundation, Cedars Sinai Medical Office Towers, Suite 750W, 8635 West Third St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048; or the charity of the giver’s choice.
There will be a graveside service on July 28 at Beth El Memorial Park, 1715 Austin Highway, at 10 a.m., with Rabbi Barry H.D. Block, Rabbi Ari Plost and Cantor Julie Berlin officiating.