I never met David, but I'm reading "Half Empty" in his honour. So proud he's Canadian. A huge loss for our country.
I read Don't Get Too Comfortable several years ago. I never knew David, but when I heard he had died, I went on amazon and bought his 2 other books. He wrote that when his therapist died, he grieved for someone who about whom he knew very little. I am a therapist, and I am luckier. I know something of David through his writings. Here I am online again reading about him and seeing him in what are now, timeless, videos. It would be presumptions to say that I "know" David now, but his essays have given me deeper knowledge of myself. I cannot imagine how much those of you who actually knew him in person loved him. Hey......
He wrote, he spoke, he shared his soul.
His death, our loss, we dare console?
His ryhme, his words, his voice and wit. How does one even dare to submit homage, a eulogy, a story, a time when listening in and hearing his rhmye was remarkable, breathtaking, laugh-out-loud fun? Thank you, David, for all that you've done.
A TAL Fan
Dear people who also loved David's work, it is not right that he is no more. Thankful though for what he told me via his work. Another David, The Netherlands.
We never had the good fortune to meet David, but to read him was, in a very real sense, to meet him. What a wonderful, unique voice the world has lost.
Alice and I are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with the Rakoff family.
Dear Gina, Vivian, Ruth and Simon, we are so sad to hear of your loss. David was such an amazing person, an incredible writer, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and love and prayers are with you- may God give you peace and strength.
Dear Dr. Rakoff,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
I did not see you close your eyes,
Or hear your last faint sigh,
I only heard that you were gone,
No time to say goodbye.
I will miss you dearest. Rest in Peace.
I remember David from our Camp Gesher days. May his memory be a blessing.
David's humor and insight lives on in the printed word. What a gift.
Dear Gina, Vivan, Simon, Ruth, Tom, and family,
My deepest condolences. to all of you. May his memory be a blessing.
I am so sorry to hear this news --you all fought so hard for so long. My thoughts and love are with you all -- may you be spared further sorrow.
David, we miss you. You were a kind and generous soul.
Dearest Rakoff family, we are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. With a heavy heart we wish you comfort by cherished memories. All our love, Jack, Mary, Lindsay and Brian, Athan and Julianne
WE ARE SENDING OUR PRAYERS,LOVE,&CONDOLENCES TO THE RAKOFF FAMILY,FRIENDS,FANS,&ALL WHO KNEW MR. RAKOFF.
I always thought of David as a close personal friend, simply through his writings and appearances. We will all miss his brave, fierce and funny take on the world. Condolences on your loss.
Our heartfelt condolences to the Rakoff family
The Einstoss family in Toronto
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Very sad that one of my favorites is gone. I spent time listening to him this weekend -- he was such a talented, unique guy.
Lori Thombs, Columbia, MO
PS Thinking that David would write a good one about this pop up window's message: "need help finding the right words, view our suggested entries..."
For the family of Mr. David Rakoff:
May God give you peace, comfort and strength during your time of loss.
Praying for you during this time.
We are so much poorer with David's passing May angels bring him to God's Grace...
May it comfort you to know that God, as well as others, care about your feelings at this time.
You were a wonderful and beautiful man..Loved by the Koppelman's..~Shorty
To the the family of David Rakoff - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
Leith and I want to express our deepest regret to the whole family. There is real injustice to end a productive life at 47 but real accomplishment in what David did.
David Rounthwaite & Leith Hunter
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
David's insights, humor & unique voice will be greatly missed.
My heart is broken. What a loss to our world.
Rest in peace, dear friend, although I know it's not your style.
I promise to cherish you until I perish too . . .
You're words gave me solace. I will be forever grateful for living in your time.
David and I shared a few youthful years in the sun as teenagers at Forest Hill Collegiate in Toronto. Our friendship was built on a common foundation - two outsiders observing the humour and oddities of teenage life. Years later I learned that David built a successful career with his power of observation. I hoped we could connect again someday and share a few memories and laughs ... but it was not to be. I will always remember you with a smile my friend....RIP.
I'm sorry for your loss.May you find comfort in the God of peace.
I listened to TAL and was always made to think when hearing David's take on life. I will miss his voice.-Pam, TN