Dr. Kaplan, Sheldon D.


Kaplan, Sheldon D., 82, died Friday, May 12, 2023 at Trinity Health & Rehab in Woonsocket. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, a son of the late Benjamin and Bessie (Mazo) Kaplan, he had lived in Warwick for well over fifty years. Sheldon received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and continued his education with the New York Medical College, as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, he graduated in 1967. He was appointed as a Chief Medical Resident for Rhode Island Hospital immediately following his graduation in 1967, afterwards, he served the Providence community as a dedicated physician for forty-three years. He was a proud member of Temple Sinai for many years. He traveled as often as possible, making sure to see as much of the world around him. Following his retirement, he made sure to focus his energies on the parts of life that really gave him joy, with the experience he gained as the Past President for 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; a cherished great uncle of eight. Sheldon was also a dedicated friend of Jeremy Russell and Ruth Taunton for twenty-five years.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Shiva will be observed in private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island, 245 Waterman St #306, Providence, RI 02906.


  1. Gloria Feibish
    May 16, 2023

    Sheldon was our dedicated primary care physician for 43 years. Martin (z”l) and I considered him also to be our devoted friend. Their was no medical doctor more devoted to his patients, nor to the practice of excellence, nor more knowledgeable, than Sheldon. He will always be remembered for how well he listened and provided complete and compassionate care to his patients. May his memory be an eternal blessing. He will be missed by all who knew him

  2. Harry Iannotti MD
    May 16, 2023

    Jeff and family. I wish to offer my condolences. I was fellow student at PC with Shelly and in practice in Providence at Miriam Hospital. We shared many. patients. He will be missed.

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