WGI Mourns Long-Time Volunteer Kathy Shapiro

July 25, 2019

It is with deep sadness that WGI shares the passing of a special person to many in the indoor marching arts activity. Kathy Shapiro, a close friend, and volunteer for more than 30 years passed away yesterday, July 24th.

Kathy and her beloved husband, Marty, have been fixtures at the world championships for decades. Each year the couple drove over 1,000 miles from their home in Florida to spend two weeks in Dayton. Both are held in high esteem by their fellow volunteers.

Their son, Michael, is an international designer for many color guards as well as marching bands and drum corps. Another son, Fred, has volunteered at WGI events in the same tradition as his parents.

Interviewed for a feature on their dedication, Kathy was quoted saying “I think many people don’t realize the dedication of the volunteers,” she said. “You have got to love what you do and be willing to work sixteen-hour days.”

Kathy supported WGI in other ways other than the gift of her labor.  Her company supplies thousands of performers with their commemorative world championship patch since 1989.  Her door prizes and golfer shirts were always a hit at the Bob Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament each year.

“Kathy broke the mold, and I’m one of many heartbroken today that she is gone,” said Ron Nankervis, WGI Chief Executive Officer. “I know I speak for all of us collectively mourning the loss of a unique, caring, and beloved friend. We will not see the likes of her again”

Arrangements are pending.