Joseph David Zatzman

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Joseph David Zatzman

March 14, 1941 - March 11, 2021

I died on March 11 , three days before my 80th birthday. (I hope I went peacefully). I am survived by my wife Lina (nee Gilis) who enriched my life beyond measure, our daughter Marni of whom I have always been immensely proud, Marni’s partner, Phillip Connolly, who I respect deeply (I guess I should have told him this before I died), grandchildren Daniella and Deven, great kids who I should have gotten to know better (My fault, sorry) , my sister Julie (Regrettably, circumstance prevented us from being closer). I was extremely fortunate to have known Brian Creighton and David Wetmore who have been my closest friends. Thank you both very much. A very special thank you to Dr. Nigel Jagan, my friendly family physician, for his care and patience over these many years. I was employed by the City of Oshawa (in the Public Works Department) for 29 years. I choose to believe that for various periods of time I was a passable photographer, bridge player, curler, furniture maker and handy- man (except for plumbing). I also choose to believe that I was a bit of a principled eccentric. It was a real privilege getting to know (and, in many cases I hope, befriend) the people I did. My biggest regrets are that I never grew up, and that I grew up. There will be no funeral. Instead, a party will be held as soon as arrangements can be made. Please wear jeans. Be-be-be-be-be-be that’s all ,folks.

Addendum by Lina. David died peacefully. He is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ruth and John Noel and their children Elliott Noel, Kayu Chin, their children and Miriam Noel (Philipp Löser). Thank you to Dr. Lee and nurses Jessica, Chelsea, and Ashely for keeping David comfortable and pain free while he was on 4F, and to all the specialists who consulted and helped him through the years. If you wish to honour David’s memory please make a donation to a charity of your choice at

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Mayor Dan Carter and Members of City Council Oshawa - May 4, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

United Way Durham Region

William PAUL Hurly - April 15, 2021

I worked with David for 10 years in the 90s. Such a fun guy and an interesting person. I was saddened to hear of his passing, but I am glad he left as he lived this life...full of good humour.

Amy (Shlossberg) and Michael Wolfram - April 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Doctors without Borders

Steven and Kris Braiden - March 28, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Settlement House

Cheryl and Mark Frayne - March 21, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:


Sheila Russell - March 21, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Doctors Without Borders

Sheila Russell - March 21, 2021

Deepest sympathy and love to Lina and Family, remembering the precious times together, the laughter and kindness. Blessings on David's memory.

Jackie and Barry Jacobson - March 20, 2021

We remember David as a friend who offered his time and talents with enthusiasm and generosity. There was always a story and laughs to share. He spent weeks living with us, while building our deck, and over the years often met us for dinner. A visit with him and Lina was something we looked forward to, and missed so much during the past year. Shalom David, dear friend.

WWBC - March 20, 2021

We were deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to Lina and the family. “Those we love do not go away, they walk beside us every day. Unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear”. May David Rest In Peace. A donation has been made on our behalf to the Durham Region Hospice. Jeannine Butler, Sherry Weese, Dawn Kennedy, Anne Goldson, Jennifer Standen, Nancy Prout

adrienne brady - March 20, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

canadian cancer society

Rick & MaryAnne Mitchell - March 19, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Canadian Heart & Stroke

Rick & MaryAnne Mitchell - March 19, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Rick and I spent the day reminiscing on the fun times we had curling together. Dave always had us laughing ...... he always knew what to say to make things better. May the kindness and love of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Peter Schmitz - March 19, 2021

My wife had me read your obituary, David. Well done! I don’t think I have ever met you, but what I have read here, I truly wish I had. Peter

Barbara and Frank Cappell - March 19, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Canadian Cancer Society

Sharon & Paul Nadeau - March 19, 2021

It was with deep sadness to here of David's passing. Our deepest condolences go out to Lina & Family. We will always remember his joyful outlook and playfulness. Thanks for the memories from the trailer park days.

Allan and Deborah Cormack - March 18, 2021

We are so very sorry to hear of David's passing and our deepest condolences go out to Lina and family. We all know how much he will be missed. Allan and Deborah

Brian Rhodes - March 17, 2021

He always made my life and job interesting.

Harry Rammler - March 17, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Judi Shepherd - March 17, 2021

Lina - we have often thought of you and Dave and missed seeing you. So sorry to hear of Dave's passing, how like him to want to get his thoughts in at the end - Judi & Don

Harry Rammler - March 17, 2021

Lena, my deepest condolences on the passing of Dave. Another one of the old gang of ours. Sending love XOXO.

Joan & James Hodder - March 17, 2021

Dear Lina, It has been a dozen years almost since Joan and I last saw you and David, but despite the length of time, we remember David fondly. He should have had no enemies in his life, he was that kind of man, and I hasten to add that Joan and I were pleased and honored to know him. Surely, David enriched everyone around him. He had that kind of aura. To quote Wolf Blitzer, "May he rest in peace, and may his memory be a blessing." Sincerely, Jim & Joan Hodder

Lisa Cullwick - March 17, 2021

I remember the day I started at the City 31 years ago and met Dave. I was fresh out of college and he made me feel so welcome. As the years went on he was always a breath of fresh air with his stories, laughter and direction. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Dean & Diane Andrey - March 17, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Barbara Connor (Flemming) - March 17, 2021

Heartfelt sympathy to the Zatzman family, especially to Lina and Marni. I worked with David for approximately 10 years at the City of Oshawa. I have a story which goes to the kindness of the Zatzman family. Many years ago, David and I were walking home from work (we lived in fairly close proximity). My mother, who had recently moved from Halifax noticed David and I walking. Later Mom inquired as to his name. I responded "David" mother responded "Zatzman". That surprised me, so I asked her how she could know that. Her response surprised me more. Years earlier my Mother had worked for David's Dad in Halifax. This dear man gave my single Mom of four, a job which she needed desperately. My mother further indicated that he was very kind to her and helped our family out when others turned a blind eye. You see, the apple really does not fall from the tree! RIP David.

David Hughes - March 17, 2021

My condolences to the Zatzman family. To David, thank you for your caring attitude and your great sense of humour.

lorelei rowe - March 17, 2021

Sending Love. xoxo

Batia - March 16, 2021

So sad to have reveived the message of you leaving ud I am so far away but remember David very well a fine man with a big smile . Lie in peace and shalom Condolenses to all the family who loved you and that includes me

Cindy Fleming - March 16, 2021

So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He truly was unique, always smiling with a story to share. I have fond memories of sharing coffee breaks at city hall with Dave. He will surely be missed. My condolences to Lina and family.

Peter Stephenson - March 16, 2021

My sincerest sympathy to you Lina and all Dave's family during this time of deepest grief. Having worked with Dave at the City of Oshawa for so many years, and competed with him on the curing rink, you couldn't have asked for a more caring and understanding person. His infectious smile and caring attitude will be missed.

Bob Henderon - March 15, 2021

My deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family. I knew Dave through my many years of employment with the City of Oshawa. He was a better and more friendly person than one could possibly hope to have as a co-worker. Cherish all the good memories for I'm sure you must have many.

Jone Webster - March 15, 2021

Dear Lina and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your David. Wishing you peace and healing as you cherish his memory.

Janet Dowson - March 15, 2021

Extending sincerest sympathy to Lina, Marni and family. I worked with David at City Hall for many years. He was more than just a dedicated colleague...he was a person who cared about the people he worked with. Once he learned that my husband had a chronic condition, David always asked me how Jim was doing. And I knew David was sincere. Sending out a notice to retirees that David had passed, many of them contacted me. Their impression was the same. They had good memories of having known and worked, and laughed, with David...and played as well - curling and bridge. A keen mind. A special person. Always to be remembered.

Freda Braker - March 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Canadian Cancer Society

Karin Pasnick - March 15, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to the family of a true mensch. Dave will forever be remembered for his caring and considerate ways. He will be truly missed, but the impression he made on all who were fortunate enough to have met him, will last a lifetime and beyond.

Dave Marder - March 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Hearth Place Cancer Support

Lorna Hoar - March 15, 2021

My sincere sympathy to you Lina and Family. David was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him. He always had a smile and was willing to help in any way possible. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Frank and Rosemary Galgay - March 15, 2021

Ruth and John: We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother-in-law, Joseph David Zatzman. Our sincere condolences to you and your families during this sad time in your lives. We hope and pray that his wife, Lina, daughter, Marni and her husband and children, his sister Julie will cherish the happy memories of their loved one. We will be making a donation in his name. Frank and Rosemary Galgay

Mary Moses - March 15, 2021

Dear Lina and family I am saddened by David's passing. I can never think of him without a smile on his face, and I remember how he had such a great sense of humour and made me laugh. It was a joy to know him. My sincere sympathy to each one of you. You were indeed privileged by having Dave in your lives.

Ron Moore - March 15, 2021

I loved you auto-obituary David. Even in death you make me smile. I remember curling with you, pointing to a rock and saying that we needed a little kiss here to roll for shot. I received the shock of my life when you bestowed a kiss upon my cheek. I can’t remember if we made the shot or won the game but I do remember that kiss. Another time you phoned me and got a stranger (my wife) on the line. You asked for me and she said “I’m sorry, he’s out of town for a few days.” You automatically responded “I’ll be right over.” Looking forward to seeing you in the far far future David. Take care.

Joy Graham - March 15, 2021

My sympathy to Lina and family. I worked with Dave for many years and always enjoyed our chats. Rest in peace Dave.

Laurent Leduc - March 15, 2021

A personal message en route... Today, a donation to Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy to help protect part of the La Cloche Mountains that David visited some years ago.

Frank Peseski - March 15, 2021

I've played squash and golf with Dave over the years when I worked for City. Found memories of Dave. Very sorry for your loss.

Robert Becker - March 15, 2021

My condolences go out to Lina and family. It was my honour to know and curl with David. He truly was one of the most engaging, caring people I have known.

Hedy Gadd - March 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Durham Outlook

Fred Taylor - March 15, 2021

I guess we won't be winning anymore club championships together. David will be missed. All my best to you Lina. Fred

David Wetmore - March 15, 2021

My great friend has passed and the world will not be the same for both me and Bev. Lina and Marnie will always be in our hearts. My life was enriched by having such a good friend.

Ronald King - March 15, 2021

A donation has been made to the Jewish Family and Child services in David's blessed memory.

Peter Robb - March 15, 2021

DAVID Zatzman - A kind sole. He will indeed be missed. A great pleasure to come across David at the Oshawa Curling Club.

Dianne and Ralph McCullough - March 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Hospital for Sick Children

Warren Russell - March 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Doctors Without Borders

Ruddell family - March 15, 2021

A treasured friend to our family for fifty years David was a “principled eccentric” as one of his friends called him (the beard really helped with that image). We loved David as a brother and his presence will be sorely missed at all the Ruddell family gatherings. Our deepest condolences to Lina and Marni

Frances Presley - March 15, 2021

I was privileged to have known such a principled eccentric. With love from all the family, Frances

Lynda Lewis - March 14, 2021

Dear Lena & Marnie So sad to hear about David. Please know that our thoughts are with you! Lynda Kay Lewis (Marnie’s teacher!)

Peter Fang - March 14, 2021

I keep ask you to wait for me, but you left before me. Miss yu dearly.

Neil Greentree - March 14, 2021

I am very saddened to be living the reality that Dave is no longer with us. He was a great friend and curling partner, and always there to lend a very capable hand; no matter what the task. My sincere condolences to entire family, and may our companion, Dave, Rest in well deserved peace. 🙏💖

Jackie Gljuscic - March 14, 2021

My sincere condolences go out to Lina and family. Dave was always a friendly, kind, spirited man who was always a positive presence on the ice. He will be missed.

Harold Hammer - March 14, 2021

Wishing my dear cousin Lina and Marni sincere condolences on the passing of David. What a fascinating and original obituary!

Jeff Cryderman - March 14, 2021

I was so fortunate to have been a Teammate of Dave. Good results or bad it didn't matter...he gave those around him such joy no matter what. I'll miss you. My best to the family. Dave...I'll still never miss twice when the hat is on the ice!

Nathan Martin - March 14, 2021

Lina, thank you for sharing Dave with all of us at the Oshawa Curling Club for so many years. He was a mentor and friend that will stick with me forever. He stayed so humble throughout all he gave & experienced and taught me to find humour in ANYTHING. He supported my schooling, my curling, and growth as a person. He continuously went out of his way to find out how I was doing and ALWAYS let me know he was proud of me. What a wonderful person.

Rick & Sharon Rosnak - March 14, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Durham Regional Cancer Centre

JoAnne Prout - March 14, 2021

Lina, to you and your family...."Wishing you peace to find comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart"

Alan Lee - March 14, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Big brothers Big sisters of Oshawa

Alan Lee - March 14, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Big Brother

Catherine Rooney - March 14, 2021

Lina, I am so sorry for your loss of David. After reading his obituary I wish I had met him as he sounds like quite a character. May your love and memories help to sustain you. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Catherine

Ruth Krampitz - March 14, 2021

Dear Lina, our heartfelt condolences! Ruth, Mario and Sonia

Jeannine - March 14, 2021

I shed tears for the passing of David before he even got to 80, but I thank God that I had the opportunity of getting to know him, to enjoy his company, his foolishness, and his excellent cooking too. I will join the many who will miss him, and I'll think of him every time I burst out laughing at something silly. He did love to make us all laugh. You'll be sure to remember that, Lina and Marni, won't you.