Rafael Tarnopolsky
February 15, 2019

Visitation Information

February 18 2019 - 10:00 am
Friends may meet at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside, 15232

Funeral Information

February 18 2019 - 11:00 am
Poale Zedeck Memorial Park Cemetery, 5744 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA, 15044

TARNOPOLSKY, RAFAEL: On Friday, February 15, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Esther Tarnopolsky. Beloved father of Jerry Turner, Joseph (Marilyn) Turner and Riva Tarnopolsky. Grandfather of Michael (Kaveri) Turner, Brian (Ashley) Turner and Susan Turner. Great-grandfather of Arya, Eva and Dylan. Rafael Tarnopolsky was a journalist, ear, nose and throat physician, medical school professor and in later life, a novelist. He moved his family around the world, in search of more learning and a better life-- from Brazil to Israel and to the United States. Along the way he mastered several languages:  Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and English. He met many people along the way--some were colorful characters about whom he loved to tell stories. His family delighted in his tales. He was thoughtful and generous, wise and well-learned, a Zionist and observant Jew, and so much more. He will be missed. Friends may meet at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Monday at 10 AM and then proceed to Poale Zedeck Memorial Park Cemetery for 11 AM Graveside Services. Contributions may be made to Congregation Poale Zedeck, 6318 Phillips Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Community Day School, 6424 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. www.schugar.com


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I remember your father--and his warmth and curiosity--fondly. He and Esther were wonderful friends to my parents, and to our whole family. Our deepest condolences on your loss.

By Deena Mirow Epstein - February 19, 2019

We are in Florida but our thoughts are with you. Your dad was a delightful person and a true mensch, we will miss his company and his wit.Our love, Dorita and Manny Krifcher

By Dorita and Manny Krifcher - February 19, 2019

Companheiro Rafael will be dearly missed.

By Marisa Rosenfeld - February 18, 2019