A couple who has been an active part of the Weston community for more than 40 years is moving to next door.
Former Weston First Selectman Hal Shupack, 76, and his wife Sheila, a real estate broker, have sold their home on Autumn Ridge Road and are moving to a Terranova townhouse in Westport.
As empty nesters, with their children grown and married, they decided now was the time to downsize. “Our kids are in different parts of the country and we like to see our grandkids and travel quite a bit. Winters and storms are bad and we have a lot to take care of in Weston. We’ve seen people wait too long to move so we thought it was time to downsize and move to a townhouse in Westport,” Mr. Shupack said.
The Shupacks have been married for 46 years. Their son Ian is a doctor in Richmond, Va. He and his wife, the former Patrice Neary, have three children. The Shupacks’ daughter Shannon Corcoran lives in Hershey, Pa., with her husband Alex Corcoran and their three children.
Mr. Shupack formally announced he was leaving last week when he tendered his resignation to the Weston Police Commission, which he has served on for several years.
“I am going to miss Hal greatly,” said Commissioner Beth Gralnick, who has known him for 35 years. “I was happy when he ran for Police Commission because he had been first selectman and understood how the town works. He was a very involved commissioner and we will miss him,” she said.
Ms. Gralnick said she first knew the Shupacks from their participation on the Democratic Town Committee (DTC), which Mr. Shupack was chairman of at one time. “I’ll miss Sheila, too. She was helpful with the DTC, fun to be with, and a genuinely caring and nice person,” Ms. Gralnick said.
In addition to serving one term as the town’s first selectman, and two terms as a selectman, Mr. Shupack served on the 1986 Charter Revision Committee, the Board of Finance, and the Code Committee for the schools.
He also coached girls soccer, and is currently a member of the Weston Kiwanis Club and Weston Historical Society, and he helped run a golf tournament for eight years for the Homes with Hope/Interfaith Housing Association.
In a letter written to Mr. Shupack at the end of his term as first selectmen in 2001, Emil Frankel, former assistant secretary for transportation policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation, who served with Mr. Shupack on the finance board, commended him for the amount of service he has given the town. “You have served Weston in a wide variety of ways — everything from Little League coach to the town’s chief elected official. In whatever capacity, you have always served your fellow citizens with great distinction,” he wrote.
“The Weston community was very good to me and I wanted to give back,” Mr. Shupack said about his public service. He was especially proud of his work on a school building project that he supported and for which he got an $80-million bond issue approved.
Now enjoying retirement, for years Mr. Shupack ran a manufacturing business, American Hinge Corporation, originally in Brooklyn, then Wilton and Bethel. He sold the company, which is now run out of Windsor Locks.
Sheila Shupack is a Realtor with William Raveis and was a tennis club champion at the Aspetuck Country Club for years. She taught Sunday school and is a Shepherd at Norfield Church.
Margaret Wirtenberg called Mr. Shupack “a man of principle” who exemplifies “what a real Democrat is.”
“Hal will always be in a group of people I would call Mr. Weston. He and Sheila are a couple to be reckoned with on the tennis courts, in the art field or in the political arena. I hope he doesn’t lose his way back to the Lunch Box for breakfast,” she said.
Mr. Shupack said he and his wife will miss Weston. “This was our home and our kids went to the Weston schools. It is hard for us to leave but there comes a time when you have to do the best for your health and your future and this is the time,” he said.