Dr. David Phillip Shiffman

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SHIFFMAN, Dr. David Phillip - Passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Baycrest Palliative Unit after a painful struggle with advanced cancer. In this, his 81st year, he was surrounded by his six children and their families as well as their mother, Myrna Lofsky (nee Sirota). Close friends also brought him comfort and spent time with him in his hardest moments. He will be remembered fondly as a wonderful father, loving Zaida, dear friend, wise teacher, caring doctor and most wonderful storyteller. In his death as in his life, his suffering brought those around him close together and united by the strength of love. He will live on in our hearts and anyone he touched will certainly have a life lesson to share. He was most proud of his children and grandchildren and we will forever be better people for having had him in our lives. We love you so much and miss you already, your children: Cory, Cheryl and Chris (Gross), Sandy, Barry and Robin (Fribance), Carol and Greg (Pearson), Bonnie and Tony (Steadman) and grandchildren: Michael, Sydni, Franklin, Leah, Max, Noah, Sarah, Lily and Zoe. We would like to extend special thanks to the special people who worked endlessly and effortlessly to provide love, support and care: Lilia Fontillas and Bess Acker, Suzanne Sonnier andthe team at St. Annes, Dr. B Abadi, Dr. R. Sidlofsky and Dr. Daphna Grossman and the team at Baycrest 6West. In the words of our father's lifelong friend, Rabbi Bert Bloom, 'the world lost a very special person today'. Funeral will be held on Sunday, October 3 at Shaarei Tzedek section of Roselawn Cemetery, time to be set after Shabbat. For additional details, please call Hebrew Basic Burial at 416-782-1111. Shiva will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to honour his love of music to The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Published in the Toronto Star on Oct. 2, 2010