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    Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    Harry Shapira, an Executive V.P at Heaven Hill, passed away on sunday. For those who never met the man, he was a class act and a very approacable person. His knowledge and passion for Bourbon and its history was great and he was a moving force behind their visitor's center and the new Evan Williams Experience getting readu to open in downtown Louisville. Here is a link to his obit in the C-J: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lou...&pid=167537759

    Mike Veach

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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    On behalf of all of us at Heaven Hill, thanks for this Mike. Harry's father and Max's father were two of Heaven Hill's founding five brothers, and Max and Harry's leadership, and now the third generation, have brought us to where we are today. Harry was a warm and caring person, and a great part of his legacy, which he will sadly not see open next month, will be the new Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Our thoughts are with his wife, Judy, and sons Adam and Ian and their families--and his mother, Anne Shapira, who is 99.

    The ABC affiliate in Louisville, WHAS, also ran this newscast last night about Harry:

    http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Bou...227717361.html

    May he rest in peace.

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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    Condolences to the Shapiras and to the entire Heaven Hill family.
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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    It is a sad occasion, but I am glad i have had the chance to know Harry and I know there are others on this site that would want to know about his passing. My sympathy to his family.
    Mike Veach

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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    Indeed, this is very sad news. My sympathy goes out to the Shapira family. As Mike commented above, he was a very approachable person and a class act. I'll miss his big smile and warm handshake the next time I go to the Heritage Center. Rest in Peace, sir.
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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Indeed, this is very sad news. My sympathy goes out to the Shapira family. As Mike commented above, he was a very approachable person and a class act. I'll miss his big smile and warm handshake the next time I go to the Heritage Center. Rest in Peace, sir.
    Ditto.

    Many times when I've visited the HH Bourbon Heritage Center, Harry was there. No matter how busy it was, whenever I said hello, he always responded back and took the time to chat for a few minutes. And yes, there was always a smile and a handshake.

    Cheers Harry. I'm toasting you with a pour of HH 6 yr BIB. Godspeed sir.

    Here's a pic of me and Harry from a couple of years ago. Bad pic of me. Good one of Harry.
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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    Truly a sad day. Too many great icons of the great bourbon industry have been put to rest this year. God's speed Mr. Shapira.
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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    Sad news indeed. I have a few bottles of pre-fire HH whiskey on hand that I need to finish off, I will raise my glass to the Shapira family tonight.

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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil T View Post
    Truly a sad day. Too many great icons of the great bourbon industry have been put to rest this year. God's speed Mr. Shapira.
    So true. We all owe Mr shapira a debt that cannot be repaid. His achievements will bring joy to our lives forever. Thank you sir and rest peacefully
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    Re: Rest in Peace Harry Shapira

    A sad day indeed. Harry was a truly nice guy. He would hang out at the visitor's center and if you did not recognize him, you would probably take him as a tour guide. He was one to open the "good stuff" for the one's he knew loved bourbon in HH's tasting room. RIP Harry.
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