Bourbon executive Harry Shapira dies

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by Doug Proffitt

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 5:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Louisville bourbon executive who spearheaded the creation of downtown Louisville’s first bourbon tourism site which is set to open next month died Sunday.

Harry Shapira of Heaven Hill fought a 10 year battle with cancer. He was 66-years-old.

Shapira was the driving force behind the Evan Willams Bourbon Experience, scheduled to open for tours next month.

Williams was Kentucky’s first distiller and Louisville’s first jailer and wharfmaster.

Shapira told WHAS11 that he was proud his family’s distillery had been the first to embrace the re-creation of Louisville’s famed Whiskey Row, which at one time had 150 different whiskey headquarters downtown.

Shapira is also being remembered for his charity to many other organizations in Louisville including the Frazier Rehab Institute.

The funeral and visitation will be held Tuesday, October 15 at Keneseth Israel on Taylorsville Road.

The visitation is at 12:30 p.m. and funeral is at 2 p.m.

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