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ASHER, Zev Moses
After an epic fight with illness following a blood stem cell transplant, on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the age of fifty. Zev was one of a kind. He was a respected filmmaker, musician and writer who collaborated on art projects all over the world. Zev had a big heart, a great sense of humour, and courage beyond words. He will always be loved and fondly remembered by his parents Stanley and Sharon (née Segall); his sisters Beth (Fabio Pinzari), and Judith (George Ulrich); and by his partner Joanne Shiller. Zev was the much beloved uncle of Joshua Ulrich, Sophia Pinzari, and Samuel Ulrich; cherished nephew of Norman Asher, Irene Asher; and cousin of Alan (Laura) and family, Brian (Echo), and Karen (Kevin) Asher. He will be remembered with love by many family members, friends and collaborators around the world. We wish to express our profound gratitude to the Stem Cell Transplant team of doctors, nurses, professionals, and staff of 5 CD at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. We will always remember their professionalism and humanity. Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W., on Friday, August 9, at 1:00 p.m. Burial at the Shaar Shalom Congregation Section, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Duvernay. Shiva to be announced. Donations in Zev's memory may be made to "The William Brock Fund for Research and Education on Blood Cancers at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital" c/o the Université de Montréal, (514) 343-6812, www.portraitsofhope.ca.

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Published in Monteal Gazette on Aug. 9, 2013.
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September 27, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Sharon and Stan - our hearts go out to you at this sad time. Martha Burnett and Ron Burnett, Vancouver
September 4, 2013
I am so sad to have heard this news. It is just so so sad.

Zev was a part od all of my teenaged years and we went to Isreal together.

Shari Katz (daughter of Lily and Teddy)
August 19, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,

We deeply appreciate your memories of Zev, your heartfelt condolences. Zev, as many of you have written, was his own person: kind, loving, gentle, very funny, exceptionally courageous. He was a man of integrity and dignity, especially so during many years of illness. Zev was creative, a true artist with his own unique vision. His films, music, and writing are a legacy for many. We will cherish Zev in our hearts and he will be a continuing inspiration to us and to all who loved him and were touched by him.

With Love,
Sharon, Stanley, Beth and family, Judith and family, Joanne
Sharon Asher
August 12, 2013
I have no idea what prompted me to Google Zev, and it is with great shock and sadness that what was returned was this terrible news.

Zev and I shared a room in Japan in the early 1990's. We were both newly arrived in that country and quickly developed a friendship over our (sometimes!) similar taste in music and our mutual bafflement over some of the quirkier aspects of the culture we were enjoying.

Zev enjoyed creating mix tapes for me (a large number of which I think I still have somewhere) and presenting them as the latest (wittily entitled) bulletin from Planet Zev that I should be educating myself with. My girlfriend (now wife of 20 years) and I enjoyed going to see Zev as RoughAge and a number of his other then musical guises.

I send my sincere condolences at this sad and unexpected news. I will always remember Zev as the mischievous challenger of expectations.
Chris Barnes
August 11, 2013
Dear Stan and Sharon and family
We were truly saddened to read of your son`s demise.Our thoughts are with you as life again injects a vale of tears to balance earlier joyous times.
-Byron and BonnieLee
Byron Toben
August 11, 2013
Our deepest sympathies go out to the entire family. Zev and Judith and Beth were my childhood playmates as you Aunty Sharon, are one of my mom's dearest friends. Sending love and big hugs.
Sari and Tracy Knock
August 10, 2013
Dear Stan and Sharon,
In this time of such sorrow may you be surrounded with the love and friendship that you have always shown to others.
With love and prayers
Shan Evans
August 10, 2013
Dear Sharon, Stan, Beth, Judith, Asher family, Joanne and friends, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Zev was absolutely one of a kind. Someone once called him a 'renaissance punk' and I found that to be quite fitting. He was very dear to me and I will miss him forever. Here is a photo of him during a trip to visit Judith and her wonderful family in Venice, Italy.
Jen Morris
August 10, 2013
Zev a été un homme d'exception, que j'ai eu la chance de rencontrer et de soigner. Je suis attristée de ce départ difficile. J'offre mes salutations à Sharon, Stanley, Judith, Beth et Johanne, que j'ai cotoyé pendant ces derniers mois et pour qui j'ai un profond respect. Je garde un souvenir sincère de Zev et aussi, plein de nouvelle musique et de nouveaux films! Je salue son courage et celui de sa famille qui n'a cessé de l'entourer pendant ce douloureux passage. Je vous embrasse, Geneviève du 5cd xxxxx
Geneviève Potvin
August 9, 2013
From our first band together"The Hojos"
To Zev"s first film "Ratart" which my company Boxtrot produced,
I will through my incredible disbelief and sadness miss you ,our exploits and many adventures.
To the family ,Sharon and Stan my deepest thoughts to Beth and Judith my prayers and condolences.
James Weniger
August 9, 2013
Zev was loved by many and will be greatly missed. I was so sad not to be with all the Ashers today. You have all been in my thoughts. I wish all the family strength as you grieve this huge loss.
Laura Asher
August 9, 2013
Stan, Sharon, and the Asher family:

I did not know Zev well -- I only met him a couple of times -- but from the way you spoke of him all those years ago, I recognized your pride, sometimes with a touch of bafflement.

Zev was a kind of mythic figure to me. I would feel a current of recognition when I would read about him in the media, and I was always somewhat in awe of his maverick sensibilities and voracious creativity.

I remember that he once had a band called Rough-age. I remember Stan chuckling at the pun and quietly kvelling in the studio at CINQ-FM. That was all I really needed to know about how important Zev was to you.

Your loss is incalculable, and my condolences are utterly insufficient to ease your grief. But you have them.
Matt Friedman
August 9, 2013
Stan and Sharon, John and I offer our deepest condolences and send you much love and strength in this difficult time. May the family be spared further sorrow.
Janis Kirshner and John Gouws
August 9, 2013
Stanley, I am sorry for your great loss. You and your wife have my deepest condolences. I was once a student at Chomedey High and also our parents knew one another personally.
Vardit Feldman
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