Sheldon Kaplan, 82


WARWICK, R.I. – Sheldon D. Kaplan died May 12, 2023, at Trinity Health & Rehab in Woonsocket. Born in Providence, a son of the late Benjamin and Bessie (Mazo) Kaplan, he had lived in Warwick for well over 50 years.

Sheldon received an undergraduate degree from Providence College and continued his education at the New York Medical College, as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and he graduated in 1967. He was appointed as a Chief Medical Resident for Rhode Island Hospital immediately following graduation, and afterwards, he served the Providence community as a dedicated physician for 43 years. He was a proud member of Temple Sinai for many years. He traveled as often as possible, making sure to see much of the world around him.

Following his retirement, he focused his energies on the parts of life that really gave him joy. With the experience he gained as the past president of the Ocean State Orchid Society, he was able to plant and collect many beautiful orchids. His dedication to notably difficult tasks and hobbies was especially appreciated when he began his journey with saltwater reef aquariums.

Sheldon was a devoted brother to Jeffrey and his wife, Muriel Kaplan, of North Kingstown, as well as Elyse and her husband, Jacob Goldenberg, of Exeter. He was a loving uncle to Brandon Kaplan, Scott Bianchi, Kevin Bianchi, Keith Bianchi and Sara Toso, and a cherished great-uncle of eight. Sheldon was also a dedicated friend of Jeremy Russell and Ruth Taunton for 25 years.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island, 245 Waterman St. #306, Providence, RI 02906.

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