Megan Harris Shapiro

April 19, 1955January 9, 2021

Shapiro, Megan H. of New York City and Montecito, CA passed away at home on January 9, 2021 after a lengthy illness.

Born Megan Elizabeth Harris to James Baines and Maureen Dignes Harris on April 19, 1955 in Quincy, Mass., Megan spent her early years in Ogunquit, Maine and Scituate, Mass. After graduating from Simmons College in 1977, she moved to Houston where she worked in a number of investment roles at Rotan Mosle, Inc. She moved to New York where she managed the family's household affairs and investments. She joined the Board of White Plains Hospital where she served on the Finance and Executive Committees, among others. In addition to her commitment to WPH, she was an avid supporter of City Meals on Wheels and various Hospice organizations. Megan found great joy in the arts and travel and looked forward to being able to return to Rome, Portofino, Paris and London which were among her favorite spots in Europe.

A devoted and loving wife, sister and friend, Megan never forgot a birthday or anniversary and was the first to reach out to those in need and offer whatever support she could. Predeceased by her parents and her brother James, she is survived by her husband and partner of 46 years, John, sister Karen Edge and brother in law Wayne, sisters in law Jaime McGonagle and Jodi O'Neill and their families as well as those she adopted as family over the years. She loved them all deeply.

Her style, wit, curiosity, attention to detail and loving nature will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Donations in her memory can be made to MJHS Hospice, City Meals on Wheels or the charity of your choice.

A memorial will be held at a later date.


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Sonya Cheney

January 23, 2021

My dearest Megan,
I had no idea when I met you as an 18 year old at Princeton how much you and John would change my life, how much love and light you would bring to me and how lucky I would be to become your adopted daughter.
I have spent every day since your passing recalling so many incredible memories we had together with tears in my eyes- from the picture perfect wedding and baby shower you threw me to our memorable trips and dinners where we always ended up laughing so hard to the special afternoons we spent together with the kids.
You were one in a million. You taught me so much about life and were always there for me, and I will be forever grateful for all your love and support.
Alex, the kids and I are devastated by your loss but we promise we will keep your memory alive. We will share and cherish the wonderful stories about our funny, elegant, beautiful, loving Megan. We will do our best to make you proud and love you forever.

You will always be my angel.

Brian Toohey

January 17, 2021

I will cherish the memory of all the years I was her stylist. When Megan came for a visit she did not only light up the room but my heart also.
Her modesty and gentle kindness was present in the way she treated me, as if I was better than I thought I was. I felt the world was a safer place because she was in it.
Megan had impeccable taste and style..I have worked with the best, no one can come close to Megan! Ever!
I know she is now received into the light and love because she is of their own.
Yet my heart aches...
Thank you Megan for all your caring moments.
Brian Toohey

Kevin O’Reilly

January 17, 2021

My wife Kirsten and I were very sorry to hear of Megan’s passing. She always sent John to work with a gift for any employee who had a baby. A class touch from a nicer era, and a warm and caring person.

Honey & Jack Szallai

January 14, 2021

So many folks have commented on Megan being a “sister” and member of the family. We can only repeat that sentiment. Megan WAS a member of our family. From her generous participation in the engagement and marriage of daughter Ali to her concern for Honey when Honey had a brain aneurysm.
She was always considerate, generous, available, and loving. We will miss her tremendously but will have fantastic memories of our introduction to Coco when her and John moved to Houston to the sunset cruises and margaritas in Cabo. These memories go along with Rancho Mirage treks into the mountains and our journey into the wine country from Montecito. The most precious time was sitting around, with a glass of wine in hand, and just talking about anything and everything. During those discussions she would give Jack back all that he dished out. The fun and the laughter!
We were always comforted by her love and devotion to John and his love and devotion to her. We know she is still with us in our thoughts and words while enjoying eternal rest and the perpetual light she so deservedly earned. God Bless Her!

Ali Hurt

January 14, 2021

I will always remember this beautiful lady walking into my parents home when I was a little girl. I was in awe of Megan immediately. In the many many years I have been fortunate to know Megan, I learned she was beyond beautiful in appearance. She was so accomplished but also modest. The care and love she showed others radiated from the inside. It wasn’t just me and my family she embraced. Among all the wedding preparations and parties she came along for, Megan took the time to know and listen to all my friends. She genuinely cared about each of them and for years inquired and remembered personal tidbits about them. Megan was an integral part of keeping wedding day traditions. She covered the borrowed piece with my earrings and then literally sitting in front of the church in the limousine, Megan and John appeared to rectify the forgotten blue element. Who else is prepared at the last minute like that?!
As no surprise to any of us that love her, Megan was present when it was important to you. I pray she knew how beloved to all of us she is.

JoAnn McEwan

January 13, 2021

I so valued our 40 year friendship. We were sounding boards for each other. You were my tour guide when we visited London, Paris, and Rome. You had courage during your illness. I will miss you very much.


John Hunt

January 13, 2021

Megan always had a smile on her face. It was sad for us to see what she went through the last ten years of her life. We always enjoyed our visits and the time we got to spend with her and John.
John & Susan Hunt

Robyn March

January 12, 2021

Our family is crushed by the loss of Megan. For fifty years she has been a part of our family as a sister-like friend, devoted "adopted" daughter and loving aunt. She helped sustain us through any times that were challenging and shared equally in our joys and achievements.

As a fifteen-year old, Megan had the same thoughtfulness, dignity and discipline she had throughout her years as a mature adult. She was unequalled in the time and effort she devoted to making others happy - from planning a Pebble Beach golf trip for her beloved father-in-law, to trips to Italy, Disney World and Ogunquit for the younger (and older) people she loved, to creating a dream bedroom for her cherished Isabella, to ensuring the elderly felt secure and the elderly unknown to her had meals. She took great joy in the company of young adults and spared no effort in assisting them in any way she could to create a stable future.

Megan was passionate and compassionate, funny and fun-loving, hard-working and conscientious. At cost to herself, she never approached a single task in an expedient manner and lived her entire life with the very highest integrity.

It was a privilege to witness the extraordinary love and devotion showered on Megan by John during her illness, as he had throughout their long life-partnership.

Meeting Megan on my fifteenth-birthday was an immeasurable gift. I love you Megan and will miss you as long as I live.

Karen & Wayne Edge

January 11, 2021

There is no one in this world like my sister Megan.
She is a special and amazing woman and she will be with me always.
Death brings heartache. Love leaves memories.
For me, and Wayne, those loving memories will never fade with time.
Megan you will forever live in our heart.

Isabella Ragiotto

January 11, 2021

I have known you since I was a little girl and you took me in as your own. I could always tell you anything, share with you what was going on in my life and know that I would be supported and loved no matter what.
From DisneyWorld to piano bars in NYC, I grew up with Megan and will forever cherish every memory I have with her. She was a funny, loving, generous, kind and classy woman who I love with my whole heart. We would always end our text messages by stating "I love you to mars and back!" and that statement will always be true.

I love you to Mars and back Megan and I will miss you always.