Devonshire resident Fay Shapiro

The writing life

Nine years ago, Fay Shapiro accompanied her husband on tours of every independent living community within 20 miles of their home at Aberdeen Golf and Country Club in Boynton Beach.

Fay fell in love with Devonshire as soon as she entered the clubhouse. The understated elegance of its lobby and the sophisticated décor of its living room conveyed the epitome of gracious living. Its high-ceilinged and dark-paneled library resembled a reading room at a country estate. 

Now alone, Fay is as involved with community life as she was then. Diminutive in size, she’s a whirlwind of intellectual and physical pursuits.

Early on, she served as president of the Resident Council. Now she’s on the welcoming and marketing committees. 

Her enduring interest, however, is creative writing. A former teacher, she’s one of Devonshire Times' triumvirate of editors and writes a column and a book review for each issue. 

Her slice-of-life columns, a delight to read, often overflow with hilarity. Fay tends to wake up about 5 a.m. She sits up and writes whatever thought or dream prompted her to awaken. “When I get up later, I read [the piece] to see what I wrote,” she says. “If I like it, I edit it and use it.”

Born in England, Fay came to America just before Pearl Harbor, went to school here, fell in love, and stayed in the States. 

Her life experiences and eclectic interests make her a sought-after dinner partner at Devonshire, where she enjoys splendid cuisine in the company of friends at one of the community’s five superb and distinctive clubhouse restaurants.

Fay Shapiro