STAMFORD, Conn. – Allen “Al” Shanen, of Stamford, died over the Labor Day weekend. He was 84.
Shanen was born in Stamford on Jan. 12, 1931, attended local schools and served in the Army during the Korean War.
After his service, he graduated from the University of Dayton in 1957.
Shanen was an accomplished athlete and coach, winning the Stamford city heavyweight boxing title in ninth-grade, earning All-Gulfstream honors as a sophomore football player when his family moved to Miami for a year, and All-American Scholastic honors while playing with Dayton's football team.
He returned to Stamford, helping build both Stamford High and the Rippowan Warriors football teams into state champions three times. He also founded Stamford High's swim team and Stamford's first Pop Warner Football program.
Shanen also served as a guidance counselor at Westhill High until retiring in 1995, going on work as the City of Stamford's Court Liaison Officer, developing the Alternative to Incarceration Program for young first time offenders and at risk youth.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara and daughters, Stephanie and Rachel, two granddaughters, Alana and Adina, sister Dr. Sondra Melzer, brother-in-law Frank Melzer, sister-in-law Fran Schwartz, and brother-in-law William Schwartz.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Temple Beth El on Roxbury Road in Stamford.
Shiva will be held at the Shanen home, 95 Intervale Road, Unit 39, in Stamford, on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Bennett Cancer Center.
To post online condolences, go to www.gallagherfuneralhome.com.
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