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GOULD, Allan - Allan Gould died suddenly of a brain aneurysm February 21, 2013 in the midst of a productive, creative and loving life. His greatest pleasures were his family and friends. Allan's curious, agile mind was engaged in many passions: theatre, film, music, baseball, swimming, the Jewish people and Israel and, above all, doing mitzvot. He loved to entertain and was an inspiring teacher. Allan gave joy to all who were privileged to know him. He is survived by his wife Merle Benjamin Gould, his children Judah Gould and Julia Levin and Elisheva Gould, his brother and sister-in-law Murray and Ellen Gould, his brothers- and sisters-in- law Avi and Phyllis Benjamin, Stephen and Gayle Benjamin, his nieces and nephews whom he loved and who loved him in return. Allan was a mensch of the highest order. He will be missed by his many many friends and by all those whose lives he touched. Funeral arrangements and shiva: Steeles Memorial, 905-881-6003. Donations to Ziv Tzedakah Foundation, through

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Published in Toronto Star on Feb. 22, 2013.
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March 6, 2013
One correction to my note: It was 3 months ago that Allan and Merle visited. It seems just like yesterday. The warm memories are still so fresh. His memory will always be for a blessing and they will be everlasting.
Rabbi Shmuel Mann
March 6, 2013
I was shocked and saddened by the news that my long-time teacher and friend passed away. I invited Allan(and Merle) to my community, Aurora, IL, a month ago. He was as great as he always was. I feel privileged to have had that opportunity. Little did I know it would be his and our last. My twin brother, Akiva, just informed me. Akiva joins me and my wife, Beryl, in sending our heartfelt condolences to Merle and the children. Akiva and I -and many former students of Allan's at Ner Israel - will fondly remember Allan as the best teacher - and friend - we ever had. He was transformative to our future careers as Rabbis. Again, all our love. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.
Rabbi Shmuel Mann
March 5, 2013
I took a class with Allan about 30 years ago and have never forgotten his passion for teaching, creative teaching style and wonderful sense of humour. My condolences to his family.
Heather Taylor
March 2, 2013
Allan was a character, in the best sense. If you were able to keep up with what he was saying, there was never a dull moment. We were active together in the USY, back in the late 50's,when most Detroit Jews lived on the northwest side of the city, and then reconnected at various Mumford High School reunions over the years. No one should go at such a young age, not these days, he will be missed.
Marshall Korby
February 28, 2013
Allan assisted me in my book "good Medicine". It was being in a master class for creative writing. He was brilliant,very funny and extremely compassionate. As a result of his work work to make my story compelling and indeed to make me appear scholary every lawyer and pharmacist bought the book which only left me with 50% of the first and only printing.I looked forward to the days when Allan would come to the office,laugh and squeeze all the information out of me.By the time we were done he knew more about me than my wife. I would often get calls from Allan requesting some left over copies of the book,a few laughs,and yes we shared some of our troubles together. He was a Mensch by all standards. A brilliant Mensch. I will miss you Allan.
Norman Paul
February 27, 2013
Merle and family. I was truly saddened to hear of Allan's death. You will miss him terribly and my thoughts are with you and the family at this very sad time. Suzie Doherty
February 24, 2013
Alan was my leader at Adas Shalom USY in the 1960s and we kept in touch over the years both directly and through mutual friends. Not only was Alan an inspiration in all things Jewish, but he was a strong role model for social justice. One of the most vivid mental pictures I have of Alan is of him weeping in the sanctuary balcony at Adas Shalom during the memorial service for President Kennedy. All who know him are touched by this loss.
Doris Rubenstein
February 23, 2013
My dear USY leader and friend!! We had just been looking at old photos of Allan with our West Side Story and Fiddler On The Roof productions at Adat Shalom in the 60's. Saw him when he spoke here a little more than a year ago - still so funny and full of life! I shall always keep him that way in my heart. My deepest condolences on this great loss.
Rabbi Dorit Edut
February 23, 2013
So terribly sad. Sympathies and thoughts with Merle and family. Allan gave me Brahms 2nd and concierto de aranjuez for some work he'd let me do on his phones as a youngster - music that always relates back to him. A good soul who will be missed and always remembered.
Marden Paul
February 23, 2013
As one of Judah's many friends, I recall Allan taking us on great day trips full of humour and insights. He always welcomed me into his home and I will never forget the sound of his voice.
L Bellissimo
February 22, 2013
My dad knew Allan and I became friends with his daughter, Elisheva. Allan was a funny and smart man. I did not know him well, but my dad had funny stories about him. My condolences to Elisheva and, of course, the rest of the family.
Matthew Shapiro
February 22, 2013
My sincerest condolences. Alan was a man of great wit, but always with a kind word. Even as his mind raced in circles around the rest of us, it found not just the humour for which he was famous but connections, and kindnesses and tokens of friendship. May his memory continue to be a blessing and a joy to you, as he was in the life he lived and loved so whole heartedly.
glenn starkman
February 22, 2013
My oldest and best friend. Hard to imagine a world without you. Our love to all the family.
michael and judie stulberg
February 22, 2013
To the entire Gould family: I am so shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Allan. I last saw him at my sister in law Dana Newman's wedding and he was as witty, charming and debonair as always. I remember thinking that the world was such a brighter place with him in it. My condolences to his family and all of his close friends. May his memory be a blessing.


Rosalie Armstrong (wife of Adam Newman)
February 22, 2013
My condolences to Allan's family. I took a course with Allan in the late 1970s -- Jewish American literature. Thirty-five years later I still remember those wonderful classes and quote some of the lessons I learned. Yes, Allan was a mensch. I will continue to quote him, and to remember him with fondness and gratitude.
Dan Liebman
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