Saturday, April 21, 2012


The following obituary ran in dad's hometown newspaper:


Dave Shuster died on April 18, 2012 after fighting a courageous battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma.  He was born on Aug. 18, 1940 in Montreal, and moved to Fresno in 1976.  He was a talented diagnostic radiologist well respected within the medical community.

Dave met his wife, Judy, more than 50 years ago.  He was a loving father to his three children, Gary and his wife Dana, Brian, and Michael and his wife Leanna.  He was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Eva, Sara, Sammie, Bel, and Eli.  He is also survived by his mother, Isobel and his siblings, Jon, Robert and Ellie.

In addition to his professional and family accomplishments, he achieved the rank of gold life master in bridge.  He also always had a fun time with his poker buddies.  He never missed an opportunity to play with his grandchildren.

A memorial service honoring his life is scheduled at Temple Beth Israel for Sunday, April 22 at noon.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Merkel Cell Carcinoma Research (details at or to Temple Beth Israel at 6622 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno 93704.

The world is a better place for Dave’s being here.  He lives on through his children, grandchildren, and kind deeds. 


  1. God bless...RIP Brother

  2. I was prompted to extend my deepest condolences, I lost my mom in 04 to End stage renal disease, and I lost a aunt to small cell carcinoma in march. Last week my Brother found a mass similar to your fathers, in the neck area, after biobsy, he was diagnosed with MCC stage 3 which had spread to his lymphnodes. The cases are similar here, and I hope I can have the optimism, and the same courage with my brother. Gods Blessing Gary and the whole family.

  3. My brother was just diagnosed with stage 3 MCC in the neck and has spead to the lympnodes. I am sharing your blog with the entire family as it is very inspiring. Thank you DR Shuster