Linda Shapiro, fondly remembered

Writer, publisher, humorist, world class crossword puzzle expert and linguist, Linda Shapiro passed away just recently, and her funeral is today.

As an American living in Aruba, Linda made it her business to know everything and everybody serving as an ever-helpful resource to visitors. She published one of the first magazines on the island and later joined the editorial staff of various publications, to contribute stories about life Aruba, from cocktail recipes to local traditions and personalities.

She was for many years the unofficial to-go-to Aruba expert.

Linda published a number of cookbooks, the classic Aruba Cooks, in 1997, available on, and later on in 2004, Just Desserts. benefiting Animal Rights Aruba.

When searching on line I came across a small news item that cited her as the patron of Cowboy, an injured wild donkey, who was taken into the Donkey Sanctuary and treated for his injuries, thanks to Linda’s generosity.

Dogs were her favorites always, and she contributed tirelessly to their well-being on the island.

She frequently held court at the now defunct Le Dome restaurant, where she lunched with friends for many hours.

In recent years she withdrew from public activities, but continue to avidly read and keep in touch with special ones.   

This is what the Diario reported yesterday:

With deep sympathy we announce the death of:

Linda Herbits, better known as Linda Shapiro

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Left to mourn:

Children:   Andrew Shapiro (USA), Loren Shapiro (USA)

Brother: Stephen Herbits (USA)

As family: Eddie; Zenny; Erwin; Jay-R; Aris; Richard; Veronica and Saskia Antioqiua; Marie Balingit

Close Friends: Marieta Wanopa; Nilda and Andy Mayers; Adri Martilia; Angel Osorio; Linda Martis and Raymondo Waasdorp; Hubert Dirksz and Michael Lopez

Friends: Nicah and Lina Asaytuno

We apologize if during our grief we forgot to mention any friends and family.

Cremation will take place on Thursday November 2nd 2018 @11:00. The body will be laid out @ 09:00 at Aurora Funeral Home.

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