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Gaby Barsky

Date of Death: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Yahrzeit Day: Kislev 20
Date of Funeral: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Time of Funeral: 10:30 AM
Memorial Service Location: Chapel service
Burial Service Location: Community section

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Message of Condolence

JEFF HEDY ALANA JAMIE KOPMAN
ARE VERY BEST TO BARSKY FAMILY WE WILL ALL MISS GABBY YOU WERE ONE GREAT KID WITH A SMILE ALL THE TIME .
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Shane Feldman
Sending love and strength to Sabrina and the entire Barsky family during this unimaginably difficult time. Gaby was an incredible individual, with a kind and compassionate soul, and his legacy will live on in every person he has touched.
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Julia Kobylianski
Sending my deepest condolences to your family. Even without closely knowing Gaby, it is easy to see how great of a person and leader he was by the impact he left on everyone around him.
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Shari Standil
Dear Barsky Family, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. I am so grateful for having known him and for the privilege of teaching him at Leo Baeck. He was truly a valued and adored student in our close-knit community. May fond memories of your precious Gaby help to bring you strength in the days ahead. Sincerely, Shari Standil
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Judy Brown
Dear Irene, Alek and Sabrina, I am so sorry for your loss. I haven't seen you all for quite some time; however it is apparent that Gaby was a wonderful, genuine and very special person to all who new him. I can't possibly comprehend the pain and sadness you are all feeling. My thoughts and my heart is with all of you. Judy Brown
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Ublansky Family
Dearest Irene, Alek and "Sabby" We couldn't be more saddened to hear about Gaby. May you take comfort from the love you receive, from your family and friends, during this very difficult time and we pray that you will be spared from any more sorrow. Gaby and Sabrina will always have a special place in our hearts as they were both very much a big part of our kids childhood. Sending you hugs and lots of strength. xo
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Ryan Belz
I did not know Gaby very well, but whenever I did see him, he was incredibly friendly and outgoing. I never saw him without a smile on his face. My condolences to the Barsky family, his friends, and everyone else that shared the pleasure of once meeting Gaby.
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The Levy Family
Dear Sabrina, Irene and Alex Like everyone fortunate enough to have known Gaby, we are devastated by his untimely passing. He was a special kind of person and he touched everyone he met in his own magical way. No words of condolence can ease your pain but take comfort in knowing he left such a positive and lasting impression on all of us lucky enough to have crossed his path. Noah & Sari, Michael & Jill Levy
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Chantel King
Sending all the love and prayers in the world to the Barsky family. I only knew him for a short while but with Gaby that's all you needed.. A moment.... that beautiful smile. May you rest in peace friend.
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Maria Mckolskey
My Love and Condolences go out to the entire Barsky Family including all loved ones and Friends. Gaby brought Joy into this world and we were all Blessed to have had the chance to be around his Spirit....he will forever in our hearts...You are and will always be loved, Gaby.... Maria, Justice, Jaxson and Savannah
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Westmount Guidance Team
"Child loss is not an event, it is an indescribable journey of survival." Our deepest condolences to the Barsky family. Words cannot begin to express our feeling of sadness after hearing about the sudden death of your son Gaby. Sabrina... "Your Gabs DID rule his world. Your Gabs DID make a difference." Your Gabs will be remembered by all of us." In his short 20 years he did achieve greatness. We are all proud of him. We hope all of you can find some strength, comfort and peace in the love of your family and in the warm embrace of true friends. Sincerely, Your Westmount Guidance Team Rod Conte, Cynthia Jackson, Natasha Popiel, Cindy Pearlstein and Marta Srulovicz
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Janice S.
My son went to Westmount with Gaby. They had classes together but he got to know Gaby on the conferences. He thought very highly of him and said he was one of the nicest guys he had ever met. Condolences to your family. May he rest in peace.
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Victoria & Tony Tsang
Will keep your family in our prayer.
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Eli Chaussky
Dear Barsky Family, please accept my most sincere and deep condolences on the loss of Gaby. I was reading Sabrina's posts on the FB and the U of Waterloo website with the tears in my eyes. Let G-d be with you at this time of sorrow.
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The Share Family
Dear Barsky family, there are no words. Just please know that this community, your friends, you family, everyone who was touched by Gaby will support you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Ethan Schwartz
I first met Gaby in Mr Phone's Workout Of the Day. Gaby was always one to help brighten up everyone's day with his kind heart, helpfulness and the huge grin he always had across his face. Rest in Peace Gaby, and my condolences to the Barsky family
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Talia Shapiro
Sending my deepest condolences to the Barsky family. Although Gaby and I were not that close, I had the privilege of growing up alongside him, starting at Leo Baeck, to Westmount and both living in Waterloo. Gaby has always been someone that I admired and I will never forget his infectious smile and kind personality. His passion for life was an inspiration to all that met him, and his presence will truly be missed by all. I’ll always remember you Gaby. Rest in paradise.
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Shelley Klugman
Dear Baraky Family I am heartbroken for your loss. Gaby and Sabrina were both my students at Leo Baeck and it was truly a privilege getting to know them. Gaby was a wonderful person, and I will cherish my memories I have of him as my student. Wishing you all strength at this incredibly difficult time in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Shelley
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The Forster family
Dear Barsky family. Our deepest condolences on the tragic loss of Gaby. We have very vivid memories of both Gabi and Sabrina coming to our house during their Westmount years. May you all be spared any further sorrow and know that your in our hearts and prayers. Sincerely Corey, Adam, Ilyssa and Derrick Forster
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Aiden Orzech
My condolences to Sabrina, and the whole Barsky family. Gaby was quite a guy, and he will be missed by all.
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Cindi Miller
Dear Neighbours. Your loss is so profound that mere words can hardly begin to help console you. Watching your family from across the street for many years I can tell you that from my view you had a beautiful and warm family dynamic. Seeing you interact with both your children, devoting time to build a beautiful relationship, sharing your love of activity with them always gave me pause to think that this was how parenting should be. Your son was a man true to himself. For this you must be proud. Although a life was cut short....be sure it was lived on his own terms. Words cannot console you, time will never completely heal the loss but you must carry his legacy to go forth boldly....and know that in the short time you were blessed by his presence, he was indeed blessed with yours.
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Danielle Title
Barsky family, I am so sorry for your loss. In the short time I knew Gaby it was clear that he had an amazing heart and a great head on his shoulders. He was the kind of guy you instantly liked. Gaby touched so many people's lives and will be greatly missed.
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Brynie, Steve, Dillan, Daniel and Gabriel
We all send you love, strength and comfort at this awfully tragic time. Gaby was a young man that everyone admired.
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The Lebovics Family
Dear Barsky Family. All 3 of our boys were friendly with Gaby in Westmount and continued this friendship as he made his way through Waterloo and then to California. No words can express our shock and sadness of Gaby's passing. He was such a beautiful person, inside and out. Our hearts are broken with yours. Warren, Zach, Kenny and Dania & Danny Lebovics
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Gale Star
Family in the Thornhill Community, Dear Barsky Family, We did not know your dear son, Gaby, however, as a parent, one does not need to know the person to feel the extreme pain you all must be going through. After reading the messages of condolences, it is apparent what a wonderful son Gaby was and will forever be remembered in the hearts of so many. May his memory be a blessing.
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Lauren, Andy, Katie and Ian Kitchener
Sabrina, to you and your Mom and Dad, there are no words to express the absolutely devastating tragedy of losing Gaby. Stay strong and know that you are loved by so many. As a twin myself, I understand the bound you had. Know that you all are in our thoughts at this difficult time.
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Sheri schwartzberg
Dear Irene,Alek,and Sabrina Words cannot express the shock and sadness we felt when Tyler called us. Tyler and Gaby were the best of childhood friends. He was at our house constantly. Always with a warm smile. We also have amazing memories from the cottage . Tyler has such special times with Gaby that he will remember forever. Such a tragedy and loss of a truly special young man. Our thoughts are with you Evan,Sheri,Alex,Tyler and Hayley. Rest in peace Gaby
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Evan Render
Passing on strength and prayers to the family. Rest easy gaby.
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Joanna Lambert
Gaby was a student in my class at Westmount many years ago. I am so shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic loss. Gaby was a real star--always smiling, kind and considerate. The kind of person who really brightens up a room. My heart goes out to you, Sabrina, and the whole Barsky family.
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Lana Lewis
Dear Barsky family. Please accept our condolences on your tragic loss of Gaby. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Love Sveta and Joe.
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FISCH FAMILY
Dear Irene, Alex & Sabrina, We were all heartbroken to hear the passing of Gaby. Gaby always had a constant and beautiful smile on his face. He was a special person, and an adored and loyal friend. He always had such presence, and had the ability to light up any room. We all know he was destined for greatness! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Michelle , Darryl , Aaron & Sidra
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Shannon Tapiero
For the last 7 years I have had the honour of calling Gaby a close friend. Never once in those seven years could I have imagined something like this happening. He was someone that I and so many others could count on for anything. He never failed to put a smile on my face and was always ready to be the life of the party. I hope it brings you comfort in knowing that Gaby truly lived his life to the fullest. When thinking of Gaby, the quote "life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain" comes to mind, as it encompasses everything he believed in. He had more passion and drive than anyone I have ever met. Whether you knew him for 5 minutes or for 20 years, Gaby touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with. He will truly never be forgotten. My thoughts are with you during this tragic time.
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Gruber Family
Dear Irene, Alek and Sabrina, We were hearbroken to hear about Gaby's very tragic passing. As fellow parents from Leo Baeck and Westmount, we want you to know that we are thinking of you and can't imagine the tremendous sense of loss, sadness and pain you are feeling. From Sabrina's incredibly touching posts and all the wonderful things people have said about Gaby, you can only feel pride on what wonderful children you raised and hope that brings you strength and peace during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Shirley, Kalman, Kailey, Lauren and Alexa
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The Heller Family
Dear Irene Alex and Sabrina Please accept our condolences on your tragic loss. Gaby was such a smart and wonderful person. There are so many special memories of him that we will always keep near and dear to our hearts. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Love Cary Stacey Justin and Samantha
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Sam Shorfer
Dear Barsky family, Gaby was a mentor to me. Everyday at Tae Kwon do, he would teach me something new about how to fight harder, and to give it all I had. Gaby's loss has torn everyone he knew to shreds. However I strongly believe that no matter where Gaby is, he will still be watching over you guys every single day. Gaby is your guardian angel, and he will do a damn good job at keeping watch over you guys. He will be with you every single day, for the rest of eternity. Gaby was the fire in a dark room. He was the spark that made me continue to try hard in martial arts and personal fitness. Without Gaby, I don't know where I would be today. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys through this rough time. "Goodbye until we meet again, I'm my heart you'll always be. For always you will remain my sweetest memory."
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Zaracoff Family
Sending love and strength to the Barsky family during this unbelievable difficult time. Even though I didn't know Gaby so well, every time I saw him he always had a smile on his face. He was a very special person who touched everyone's heart. R.I.P Jordyn, Jenna & Elise
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Bergin Family
Our deepest condolences to the Barsky family. We just can't imagine the pain your family is going through. Our son, Daniel, was a good friend of Gaby for many years. They first met at TKD, went to Westmount together and were at the same University. We have many fond memories of Gaby visiting our house over those years and feel very privileged and fortunate to have known him. He was an incredible person, charismatic, intelligent and had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help others no matter how busy he was. This tragedy makes us all realize just how fragile life can be and to cherish our short time we have with our family and friends. Our hearts go out to you at this very difficult time. Jeff and Jo-Anne
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Michael Bishansky
Gaby Barsky was one of the best people I knew. I've never met anyone so positive in my life. The day he left camp, he came to visit me at my house with a huge smile on his face and said "Now I get to spend more time with you." The thing about Gaby that made him special was I don't think he had any acquaintances or even friends. Everyone he knew were either his good friends or his best friends. He made everyone he met feel as if they were the only people he wanted to be with at that moment, and that same trait is present in his twin Sabrina. I'd like to send my condolences to his parents and his family. You truly raised amazing kids and Gaby's personality will live on through everyone he's inspired.
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Bronya Klebanova
Dear friends, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.Gaby was a wonderful young man, and we deeply regret that we will not get to know him better. With deepest condolences, Klebanov Family
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Annette
As a mother of a 20 year old that went to westmount with your son/brother I can't begin to grasp the loss to your family. We as a Jewish community feel comfort in unity. I'm sending my strength my prayers and my thoughts to each and every one of you barouch dayan haemet. Your boy will be in our hearts.
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Linda Wolfe
Dear Barsky Family, My deepest sympathies to you and your family, during this most difficult time.(Westmount teacher)
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SITSKER FAMILY
Dear Irene, Alek and Sabrina, We are heartbroken! No words can express the shock and sadness of the tragic loss of your son Gaby. He was a big part of our kids childhood and we will always cherish those memories. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this unimaginably difficult time. Our sincere and deepest condolences to your family. Larisa and Yasha
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David Martosh
My love, thoughts and prayer to the whole family. My memories are many and all are happy, positive and clear. My words and emotions are unclear and difficult to capture. Sabrina...you wrote to me "You Made him who he was and he loved you for that. I see it the other way around...you guys helped me be the teacher that I am...and that is what I loved about you two. My sincerest condolences.
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Gordon Reid
Dear Barsky Family, our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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Isis Mahmood
Gone way too soon and had so much potential. He was one of the most brightest and cheerful students in our class. Always willing to help others. Sending my deepest condolences from Waterloo.
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Jessie Jacobson
Sending my love and condolences for Sabrina and the entire Barsky family. Gaby was an incredible soul that will continue on through the entire family. I had the great privilege of growing up along side Sabrina and Gaby, and they have both inspired me to excel in life. My deepest regards at this incredibly difficult time.
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Rashkovan family
Our sincere condolences at this impossible time. Gaby left a lasting impression on all who knew him. We will always remember him as an exceptional young man.
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Joshua & Monique
Our deepest condolences to the Barsky Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. -Joshua & Monique
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Geller Family
Please accept our deepest condolences on such a tremendous loss. Words cannot describe shock and disbelieve, sorrow and sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Alex and Marianna Geller
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Natalie D'Orazio
No words can express the sadness I feel for all of you. No words can provide comfort, losing your son, brother, grandchild. You are all in my prayers.
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Rob Wright
Irene and family. Words fail to express my deepest sympathies at your loss, however the ones that I take most comfort in are these. Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was. You are in my thoughts. Rob
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Sending my deepest condolences to you. I didn't know Gaby, but I know many of his friends and from all that has been written and said about him, I can tell he was an incredible man that inspired a lot of people and will continue to live on through all those he inspired, including myself.
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Max and the Kirsh Family
Dear Irene, Alek and Sabrina, Our hearts go out to you and your family at this very sad and fragile time.We wish for all of you that Gaby's memory and spirit will always enrich you with blessings and inspiration. Our fondest memories are his bright and constant smile!
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The Millet Family
Dear Sabrina, Irene and Alek, our deepest condolences. There are no words to say how sorry we are. Gaby will be in everyone's hearts that he has touched. Our prayers are are with you always. Andrea, Pina and Andrew Millet
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Denise Stivelman
Barsky family . We are deeply sorry for the passing of Gabi . It's really hard to find words even to write here without breaking in tears . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family . Denise and Bianca Stivelman
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Bailey Title
Dear Barsky family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of attending Westmount and Northland with Gaby. He was one of the nicest, most caring people I have ever known. We were in many of the same classes and his intelligence and drive always inspired me to do better. I am forever thankful that I was able to get to know Gaby and he truly has left an impact on my life and on many others. My heart goes out to Sabrina and the rest of the Barsky family in this difficult time.
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Justine Lieberman
To the Barsky family, I am so sorry for your loss, and I can't imagine what you're going through. Gaby was an amazing person who lived life to the fullest. I am so thankful to have known him, and I know his spirit will live on because of how many lives he touched. I last saw Gaby in October when he was in LA for the weekend. I'm from LA but went to NBB for 7 summers, which in my last summer there I got to know Gaby really well. When he was in LA he contacted me and I was so happy to have seen him and meet some of his friends doing co op in SF with him. He told me that he was having the time of his life here and loved everything about California. I was so happy to hear about his work, his friends, and his adventures here. He lit up so much when he spoke and he was so excited to be here. I will always remember Gaby for his smile, laugh, and excitement for all that life had to offer. He invited me to visit him in SF and I wish I had made the time to do so. He was an incredible person and I just wanted to let you know how much he meant to me. If I could have been at the funeral, I would have in a heart beat. Just wanted to send you my love and thoughts during this difficult time. If there's anything I can help you with from California, please let me know. Justine Lieberman
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Sam Zeger
Having known Gaby for a very long time, I know what an amazing and wonderful person he was. Even though we weren't close, we were still friends. I always have and always will know him as a great person. My condolences to the entire Barsky family and to anyone that Gaby was very close with.
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Minde and Felicia Kingsbury
Our thoughts are with you at this terribly sad time. You are in our prayers.
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Melanie Solmon
Hi Irene, I round like to express my sincere condolences for the tragic and sudden loss of your son Gabi. Thinking of you and your family st this difficult time. Best to Sabrina, from Lindsay and I. Melanie Solmon
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Kamenetsky Family
Dear Alek, Irina & Sabrina. Words cannot express our sadness, once we’ve found about passing of Gaby. This is unimaginable tragedy that no parent should go through. Nothing what can be said right now can lighten a pain of your loss. Our thoughts and our prayers with you. Please be brave. Igor, Irena, David & Olga.
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Rosina Kharal
My sincerest condolences to the parents, family and friends of Gabriel. He was a student of mine last term, and a good kid. We pray for strength for all of you. kindly, Rosina
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Vina Patel
Sending my deepest condolences to the Barsky family. Gaby was not only a wonderful student, but also an amazing individual! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. R.I.P Gaby. Ms. Patel (WCI Teacher)
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Adina
My thoughts and prayers for your family during this unthinkable tragedy and loss.
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Melissa Potashner
Dear Barsky Family, Although I didn't know Gaby, Dana was friendly with him and we shared some memorable life experiences with Sabrina. I just want to let you know that I am thinking of you during this very difficult time. May you know no more sorrows.
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robert axelrad
My deepest sympathy on your loss.....my you be spared further sorrow.
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Morgan Glass
Dear Sabrina, Irene and Alek, I was terribly sorry to hear about Gaby. He was a great friend and I remember him very fondly. It is very apparent from people's comments that he affected the lives of everyone he knew. Though he was only here for a short time, know that the effect he had on those around him lives on forever. I hope that the knowledge of the good that he did offers you comfort in this painful time.
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Galperin Family
It is with overwhelming sadness we express our deepest condolences of the ineffable tragedy that befell your family. You are in our thoughts.
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Eitan Elkayam
Hi, my name is Eitan. Mr. Barsky taught me taekwondo for over 3 years and over time I became close with him there. He taught me so many things over time that I use in my everyday life. The was to me a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. When I heard what happened, I was devastated. But, my father and I prayed and gave a donation in Synagogue in his honor. He would not want us to dwell in his name. He'd want us to be warriors.
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Mary Siklos
Dear parents and sibling of Gaby, I didn't know your son but my heart goes out to you. My own son Danny, an avid biker since age 16, has passed away at age 23 (little over 4 years ago) so I know the immense pain your family is going through right now. Please accept my deepest condolences.
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MRG
I don't know your family but as a mother of a 20 year old boy I cannot help but feel for all of you. This tragedy has touched so many people in the community. My son called me from school to share stories about Gaby (a boy he never met but was deeply touched by all that he heard). My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
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The Frankel Family
Dear Barsky Family, Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear son and brother Gaby. Our son Daniel was friends with him from Westmount and he came to our home many times. Gaby was very special and he certainly made a lasting impact on those around him. It was obvious to us at the funeral what a difference he made in everyone's lives he touched. The community mourns the loss of Gaby. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. Sincerely, Robbie, Mitch, Daniel and Adam Frankel
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Peter Degrassi
So sorry for your loss Alek and family. Truly tragic. My sincerest condolences, your friend Peter.
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Izia & Lyuda Grinshteyn
We've watched tribute to Gaby, and it's so painfull to see. Beautiful, beautiful boy, full of life, smile, fun and adventure! There are no words to express our sadness for your loss. Hope you all will find strength to go on and remember him as a ray of sunshine in your life. Love, Lyuda & Izia Grinshteyn.
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Shulman family
It is with the heaviest of hearts we are prematurely forced to say goodbye to our Gaby. Even though life will never be the same, we pledge to do anything it takes to keep you in our hearts and in our lives. We grieve with you dear Irus, Alusha, Sabby, Rose and Eli. We love you.
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Sam Gabrail
Alek, there is not much that can be said. I'm deeply sorry and moved. I just found out today. I wish I had met him in person, but I feel like I have from the stories you shared. Praying for strength for you, Irene, and Sabrina.
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