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ZAFER, DAVID Peacefully passed away on April 20, 2019, at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Miyeko. Father of Michael (Shauna) and Paul (Betty). Grandfather of Lauren, Erin and Matthew. Brother-in-law of Kay Nasu and family. Reunited with his sisters Gail and Karen. He will be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends. His musical contributions will continue through those he has influenced and taught. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Glendale Funeral Home. As per his wishes, a cremation has taken place. A Memorial Gathering will take place at a later date.

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Published in Toronto Star on Apr. 27, 2019.
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November 8, 2020
March 22, 2020
I recently learned of David Zafer's death via an advertisement at the U of T Faculty of Music. My thoughts and prayers are with Maestro David Zafer's family and friends! I have wonderful memories of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and Maestro David Zafer as our conductor at the MacMillan Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, and Massey Hall.
Jenny Shaw
February 7, 2020
On a rainy day in Aug 1965, at IMC music camp in Muskoka, David Zafer kindly worked with a klutzy young violist who had never had a private lesson--my younger self. In one of IMC's wooden cabins he patiently showed me better ways to hold the bow, better ways to get around on the fingerboard... a memorable encounter. I never had the privilege, afterwards, of studying with him privately; but he changed my life that day. A great musician, will be sorely missed.
Christine Beckett
November 20, 2019
David and I were class mates at the Morden Farm Secondary School in England and were both very upset when his parents emigrated to Canada and I missed him greatly. I did try to track him down about a year ago without success and very pleased finding how successful he had been. Thank David for your friendship all those years ago rest in peace.
Kenneth Cotton
September 28, 2019
Miki, I only heard of David's passing last night at a rehearsal--I am so sorry to be late with this communication. I have always been grateful for the kindness and concern you both showed me as one of the lesser lights in David's studio and treasured the privilege of having been his pupil. The credit for making my life in the profession possible goes to him. I share your sorrow.
Jeffrey Wall
September 20, 2019
Dear Micki,

I was very sad to hear of David passing away.

I truly loved my violin lessons with David and remember your kindness in
allowing me to stay with you during my visit to Toronto.

Please will you post some of David's violin playing to let the world benefit from hearing him play.

With our love to you always

Jim Nicola Hutton Liverpool UK xxx
Jim Hutton
September 10, 2019
My sincere condolences to Mickey and family. David had a talent for reaching out to people and making them feel valued. It was a starting point for his wonderful pedagogy. I met him at Stratford in 1966 on my way home to Vancouver from Meadowmount N.Y. We were introduced and chatted. He then offered me $20 (a good bit of cash back then) to help me get home. RIP David.
John Gomez
May 17, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. I have known David since moving to Toronto in 1978. He will truly be missed.
James Wallenberg
May 7, 2019
I learned a lot from this very fine man. He was very inspiring to so many, not just as a teacher and violinist, and conductor but also a friend.
Julian Fisher
May 4, 2019
My condolences to Micky and the entire family. I remember my lessons with Profeesor Zafer and owe a great deal to David!
Michael Ferguson
April 29, 2019
David was a colossus of the Canadian music world both as a virtuoso violinist and world renowned professor of violin. His inspiration as a musician and influence as a teacher is felt around the world. He could make a musician out of fire hydrant. He will be missed.
Norman Hathaway
April 28, 2019
David was a very inspiring teacher and wonderful man!
miles hearn
April 27, 2019
Very sorry to hear about David. He was a good friend and wonderful musician. My condolences to Micki and all of his family.

Ron Hurwitz
Ronald Hurwitz
April 27, 2019

Rest In Peace
You and your music will be missed.
Christine Kim
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