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Bernard Martin Schapiro

Bernard Martin Schapiro
  • January 9, 1929 - November 13, 2016
  • Johns Island, South Carolina

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“I have had the honor of sailing with El Capitan Bernie for several short years on Pied-a-Mer. It was always a pleasure to see his smile when I...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Douglas Conley - CHARLOTTE, NC

“The Muni will forever miss this fine man. Bernie was a pleasure to talk to and play golf with. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Teresa Stancil - Charleston, SC

“Bernie was part of our little group that would get together for dinner and fireside chats from time to time. He will always be remembered and...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Lisa and Kenneth Carreiro - SC

“El Capitan Bernie was a great friend. He and I did a lot of sailing and golfing together. I am sure the adventures of Bernie could fill a large novel...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Jim Smith - Charleston, SC


Bernard Schapiro passed away peacefully at his home in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, November 13, 2016. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016, in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun Street, at 4:00 p.m. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

Bernard was born in Bronx, New York on January 9, 1929, the second son of Mary and Joseph Schapiro. He graduated from Asbury High School and Rutgers University. He served in the US Army, in the 1st Cavalry in Japan, during the post-war US occupation. After many years in the packaging and advertising industry in New York, he moved to London where he introduced the chocolate chip cookie to England through his company, Millie's Cookies, in 1987. After retirement, he moved back to the United States, via East Hampton and Florida and eventually settling in Charleston, SC.

Always an active sportsman, Bernard played football in college. He was an accomplished tennis player, golfer, pilot and sailor, specializing in ocean racing in the past few years, notably the Charleston to Bermuda Yacht Race in 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Schapiro of Chichester, West Sussex, UK; his son, Jeff, and grandson, Felix, of Richmond, VA; a daughter, Susan Pinto, of West Milford, CT; and grandchildren, Mariel Pinto of Portland, Oregon and Jeremy Pinto of New Jersey.

Bernard was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.