Malcolm  Shapiro
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Presque Isle - Malcolm Shapiro, 91, died peacefully on November 8, 2019 after a long illness. Malcolm was one of six children born in Rockland, Maine to Nettie and Samuel Shapiro. His twin brother, Meredith, predeceased him. After graduation from Rockland High School, Malcolm enlisted in the Army. It was during his service that his artistic talent came to be viewed by the public. A large mural he painted on an Army base building, received national recognition in STARS AND STRIPES Magazine.
After completing his service, Malcolm moved to New York City where he studied acting with Madame DeCanova. Although he loved the stage, he didn't enjoy being a starving actor. Instead, he joined his twin brother, Meredith, and opened Malmark's, a well-known men's and women's clothing store on Main Street, Presque Isle. As a vibrant, enthusiastic member of his beloved community, Malcolm organized and performed in the town's Sesquicentennial Celebration. His performance is still remembered as the one that "brought down the house".
In later years, he took up his paintbrush in earnest. Several one-man shows at local business, and the Wintergreen Arts Center earned him much deserved praise, encouraging him to continue painting until only a few years ago.
To say Malcolm was beloved by his family and friends is an understatement. A visit with Uncle Mac always promised to be entertaining, peppered with hilarious jokes, and a burst of energy to go out, get a lobster roll, go shopping, and take a ride down the coast. He loved movies and art shows, admired beauty in all forms, whether it be the faces of his loved ones or the sleek lines of his Lincoln. He loved traveling to warm climates; Cuba, Jamaica, and especially visiting his nieces Charlotte Gopan Jerace and Jane Gopan in Florida. He had a special connection with animals, and most of all, he loved to dance!
Malcolm is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Gopan of Bangor, Maine, ten nieces and nephews, their spouses and partners, and several great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dearest friend, Eva Kirk, who, with her husband, Bernie, and daughter, Shannon, provided a level of comfort and loving care that eased him throughout his illness with dignity, respect and friendship.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday November 12, 2019 at the Jewish Community Funeral Chapel, 118 Center Street, Bangor, with burial to follow at the Beth Abraham Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Rooms of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main Street, Brewer immediately following the burial. Those wishing to remember Malcolm in a special way may make a memorial donation in his name to the Central Aroostook Humane Society, 24 Cross Street, Presque Isle, Maine 04769. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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Albert P Wachlin
Nov 13, 2019
Mac new and entertained everyone in PI and if he really liked you, you were on the receiving end of a special prank. Everyone that worked or shopped at the store probably benefited in later live because it was there. Whitey opened up even though Mac was in an apartment upstairs.
They were a great team PI was lucky to have them.
In all of my visits back to PI , breakfast at the coffee shop with Mac I would get a report on everyone and what they were doing . He would also tell about his next trip south.

A book should be written of his many escapes
Phil Richardson
Nov 12, 2019
As a kid growing up in Presque Isle in the late 50's and early 60's, Malmark's was the place to go for great clothes as they always had the latest fashions as seen on TV or in the movies. Malmark's was also the place to meet up with your friends and became sort of a hangout for some of us. As I aged and was attending UMPI, I worked there part time and became great friends with both Mac and Whitey. Mac did love the coast and I had several adventures with he and others in Bar Harbor and Old Orchard Beach. He loved to dance as did my wife, me not so much, and she loved dancing with him at the Swampfox and other venues. I miss those days greatly and have fond memories of both Mac and Whitey, I r...emember that Mac never like to divulge his age!! We teased him greatly about that. I could go on forever with stories of those days but shan't. All I can say is "Thanks for the memories. " and may you rest in peace,Read more
Mary Crouse Ritchie
Nov 11, 2019
Presque Isle, will not be the same, with out you Mac. Xoxo
Adam Wright
Nov 11, 2019
You will be missed, Sir! You always had a smile on your face and a minute to talk to me. I’m glad you’re finally at peace.
Roger Carroll
Nov 09, 2019
To the Gopans of Bangor and and Joe's twin daughters in Florida. We share your sorrow. Mac was a pillar of the community.
My memories of Mac and Whitey go back to '54/55, when they had the "Army/Navy" store. Not only did they have "Levi's", but they had dress-up "Hagar" slacks as well. Mac was always kind and helpful, and was up to date on PI goings on. He is missed already. May he rest in peace.
Roger Carroll, Winchester, Virginia
Beverly Silver Bachrach
Nov 09, 2019
Mac was part of our growing up in Presque Isle. Everyone "hung out" at his store. He was an integral part of the downtown where every stopped to say "hello."
Doreen Arena
Nov 08, 2019
I remember Mac very well. We spent many hours at Malmark. I haven’t seen Mac in many years but he was a good friend to our family.
My condolences to his family and his close friends.
Brookings-Smith Funeral Home
Nov 08, 2019