Samuel Blake Shapiro

Goleta, Calif. — Samuel Blake Shapiro, 16, of Goleta passed away, surrounded by his family and friends, after an episode of WPW, a heart condition, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Sam was born on Nov. 14, 1996, in Santa Barbara the son of Cindy Blake and Andy Shapiro.

He was a junior at Dos Pueblos High School and was also attending Santa Barbara City College. His interests included computer programming, Animae, Japanese language, online editing of Star Trek: Excelsior audio programs, and marine life. Sam spent many hours volunteering at the Ty Warner Sea Center where he especially enjoyed the Wet Deck, the Shark Tank, and the Touch Tank. Sam also loved spending his summers in Vermont and camping. He will be remembered as an intelligent and inquisitive young man with a bright smile, who cared deeply about his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents; his sister, Emma; his grandparents, John and Joyce Blake of Woodstock, and Sally Shapiro of Calabasas, Calif.; his aunts and uncles, Gail Blake and Sarah Gibson of White River Jct., Vt., Diane Blake of Williston, Vt., Sandra and Tom Zonay of Taftsville, Vt., Judy and Greg Farrell of Wilder, Vt., Dee and Jeff Margolis of Calabasas, Calif., and Marc Shapiro of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; as well as his cousins, Alex, Justin and Margaret Zonay, Christopher, Loriann, and Alice Farrell, Matthew, Mitchell and Annie Margolis, Jack, Julie and Joey Shapiro; his dog, Wally, and his cat, Angel. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Mel Shapiro.

Donations in Sam’s memory may be made to the Samuel Blake Shapiro Memorial Fund at the Ty Warner Sea Center, 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, or online:, or you may call with questions or to make a donation by telephone: 805-682-4711 ext. 110. The Fund will be used to build part of a new exhibit being installed next fall at the Sea Center.

Services were held at Temple B’nai Brith in Santa Barbara.