"Shappy, we've got a big problem here, all right. You left us so suddenly,
but there's still so much left for you to do. There are still equations to
solve and numerous tracks that you haven't yet walked and sadly never
will . . . but you need to know Shappy, that you are with us in our hearts
when we walk those tracks and you'll always be a part of us" (excerpt
from the eulogy given at Ido's funeral).
Ido Meir Shapira was born in Safed on the 14th of Sivan, 5745, 02 June
1985. Ido, the son of Daniella and Uri and brother of Hilah and Noa,
grew up and went to school in Haifa (Neveh Shaanan). He attended the
Ironi Gimel High School and graduated with honors. At high school,
he really enjoyed the natural sciences and chose to study physics,
mathematics and computers at an advanced level, and was recognized
by his teachers for his talents and outstanding abilities. From middle
school through to 10th grade, in addition to his studies, Ido was also
heavily involved in hiking and nature activities and enjoyed many
hikes and mountain bike rides all over Israel. This proved to be the
beginning of his great love for the land of Israel and its geography, and
his outstanding navigational abilities.
In January 2004, Ido began training to be a pilot as part of his
compulsory military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). After a
number of months, he volunteered to serve in the highly-respected
paratrooper commando unit, and began his training in March 2004.
Throughout the course and subsequent training, Ido demonstrated
his commitment, professionalism, and outstanding navigational skills.
He constantly showed that any physical difficulty could be overcome
with determination and belief. Values such as humility, an inner peace,
giving to others and creativity were deeply rooted in Ido, who was a
friend, buddy and brother.
Ido was always the serious one in the team, the one who "had a good
head on his shoulders" and who examined everything in great detail.
He was the one that many predicted would become a briefcasecarrying
CEO of a high-tech company. But Ido had a lighter side to him
too . . he could always find time for a laugh and could even act the fool
in the right circumstances. Sadly, the familiar smile, the youthful spirit
and the precious life of our friend Ido were cut short after two years in
the service together..
On the 16th of Adar I, 5766, 16th March 2006, Ido was killed in
action in Jenin in a counter-terrorism operation to arrest wanted