Daniel David Scharfman

December 31, 1957January 20, 2013

Dan Scharfman died Sunday night following a heart attack last Tuesday. Beloved husband of Merle, father of Jacob and Rachel, son of Howard, and brother of Paul, Helen, and Tom, and Vice President at Baird Associates, community leader, and member of the Belmont School Committee. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11AM at Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Avenue, Belmont. The family will receive visitors at their home on Wednesday from 3-9PM, Thursday 4-9PM, Friday 1-4PM and Sunday 4-9PM. Contributions may be made to The Dan Scharfman Education Fund, Belmont Savings Bank, 2 Leonard Street, Belmont 02478.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Daniel David Scharfman

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Clare Urion McCully

January 16, 2014

It has been almost a year now and I still miss my dear friend each day. My heart aches for his family and his extended family - his friends. May we all live by his example and be good to each other, take time to take care of each other and live each day to the fullest.

Marilyn Richardson

October 24, 2013

We are stunned that we did not know of Dan's passing. Our hearts go out to Merle, Jacob and Rachel. Charlie is now hoping to join in the memorial race.
Marilyn, Charlie and Daniel Bering

Laurie Bloom

July 10, 2013

I met Dan more than 15 years ago while I worked at JRI. I only just heard of his passing tonight. I feel both so sad and and just so grateful to have known him the bit that I did. He wasn't just helpful; he made you feel like he really saw you, heard you and cared about you. I feel grateful I had the opportunity to know him. He made a difference to a lot of us. His genuineness would remind me that there is goodness and kindness in our world and that alone is a huge gift to have received. I am so very sorry for his family's loss.

Richard Salter

March 19, 2013

I knew Dan for several years in the mid to late 1970's when he and his brother Paul had a summer camp that took high school kids on backpacking, canoeing, and bike touring trips in the White Mountains and other parts of New England.
Dan introduced me to some of the most arduous, adventurous, and challenging hiking I've ever done. His patience with myself and others on the trip went a long way towards developing my love of the outdoors, a love that I still have and pursue to this day.
I remember Dan's great sense of humor that helped us get through long days in the mountains. I may still have a photo of him hiking with a garbage can (used to keep animals from our food re-supply) strapped to his back.
I wish I'd stayed in touch with Dan. It's clear he had a positive impact on the lives of many people.
Rest in peace, Dan. I'll always have fond memories of the miles of hiking we shared.

Sharon Solomon

March 18, 2013

I just read the story of your beloved husband, father and family member in the Boston Globe. I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful testimonial to his life. May his memory be for a blessing.

Tracy Relle

March 18, 2013

I do not know Mr. Scharfman at all, I just happened to read his obituary in today's Boston Globe. He sounds like a truly wonderful human being who touched the lives of many. I was inspired by his positive outlook, his caring and compassion for everyone and everything around him. Just wanted you to know he had the capacity to move even a stranger...but you probably already knew this! Blessings to all of you.

Jeff greenbaum

February 23, 2013

Dan had a huge impact on me at Brown as we sang in numerous choirs as well as forTemple Emanu-el. Always appreciated his tremendous intelligence! Insight and sense of humor. Goodbye Bontsche.

John Osterman

January 27, 2013

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I came to know Dan about 5 years ago when he began his work with us, advising us regarding our IT projects, some of which he was helping us with. We are a very small not-for-profit social services agency in Connecticut, with of course very limited resources. And so, we would never have been able to make the progress we have over the years without his counsel. He was always generous with his time and freely shared the benefit of his experience and wisdom. I have no doubt that he touched many, many lives and will leave a void in all of them. However none of that will compare with the pain you, his dear family, are now enduring. My prayers are with you.

Selma Hamilton

January 25, 2013

Dan befriended my daughter Lauren during the ultra marathon in Pittsfield MA last September. He stayed with her to ensure she was safe and could finish as she was hyponatremic. His kindness to her and generosity, his jokes during the race, his strength and fine character will be remembered. We had hoped we would meet again someday...maybe we shall...My deepest sympathy to his lovely wife, Merle and his children.

Rachel Fink

January 24, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I was a schoolmate and remember him as a wonderful person. Please accept my deepest sympathies.