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Joseph David ZATZMANAge: 20212021

Joseph David ZATZMAN
Given names
Joseph David
יוסף דוד זצמן
Civil Technologist

Employer: Public Works Department
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada - אושווה, קנדה

Death March 11, 2021 (Adar 27, 5781) (Age )
Note: Joseph David Zatzman
Birth March 14, 2021 (Nissan 1, 5781)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada - סנט ג'ון, קנדה

SourceLina Gilis Zatzman - personal testimony
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