David Asher Cristol passed away peacefully at home Monday evening, Nov. 13, 2017, after a long battle with dementia. He was exquisitely cared for, over the last three years, by his wife of 63 years, Rachel. She was by his side every step of the way, just as he was always there for her. Dr. Cristol was 88. SERVICE: 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Kornbleet Memorial Chapel, located in Ahavath Sholom Cemetery, 411 N. University Drive. Following committal prayers, he will be laid to rest in the cemetery. The family will receive friends at Congregation Ahavath Sholom following services in the cemetery, with minyan beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. MEMORIALS: The family respectfully requests that no flowers be sent. However, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of choice, in his memory. David was the youngest of five children born to Freida and Louis Cristol, whom he loved very much. David’s parents were immigrants from Lithuania. Had they not been allowed to come to this wonderful country of ours, the family might easily have been a statistic - another Jewish family murdered by Nazis. We applaud our country for having taken us in. David grew up in Fort Worth listening to opera on the radio, amusing himself by making model airplanes and playing outdoors. He was inquisitive and curious, a voracious reader. He attended R. L. Paschal High School, Texas Christian University and UT Southwestern School of Medicine. He loved learning on his own terms and didn’t waste too much time studying. David practiced internal medicine for 10 years until joining the cardiology practice of Drs. Albert Goggans and Robert Brown, two local physicians whom he greatly admired. He retired at age 66 and began his second career consisting of volunteering for organizations such as Meals on Wheels, fixing friends’ computers, cooking, yard work, attending synagogue and being the best grandfather on the planet to Jonathan, Beth, Benjamin, Joshua and Zachary. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bernice; and brothers, Charles, Marcus and Joe Meyer. SURVIVORS: In addition to his loving wife and grandchildren, David is survived by his devoted children, Reuben Cristol, Louis Cristol and Sara Cristol Zweig and her husband, Richard; and nieces and nephews and their families. Dad, we miss you.
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