Dr. Harvey Socol

June 6, 1934October 24, 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Harvey Socol 86, who passed away on Saturday October 24, 2020 in Brea, CA. Son of the late Albert and Rose Socol, Harvey was born in Toronto, Canada on June 6, 1934. He married Elaine (Rossman) in 1958. Harvey graduated in Biochemistry & Physiology in 1956 and in Medicine in 1960 from University of Toronto, where he enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball. Harvey was a well loved family doctor for 17 years in Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto. He was on staff at Branson Hospital in Toronto, Newmarket Hospital in Newmarket and York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill. They lived in Richmond Hill for many years, then moved to Thornhill, but he maintained his office in Richmond Hill until 1977.

Harvey, Elaine and 2 young sons then moved to Fullerton, California, following his parents and younger brother, who had left Toronto for Los Angeles 15 years earlier. In Fullerton, they became active members of Temple Beth Tikvah. Harvey practiced Industrial Medicine and soon became medical director of several clinics in the surrounding areas of Pomona, City of Industry, Ontario, and Riverside. He continued in Industrial Medicine for 27 years. One of his most pleasant experiences was as a volunteer doctor at the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. After undergoing heart surgery in 2004, Harvey retired and enjoyed new friendships while playing golf and traveling extensively with his wife until recent years. They enjoyed yearly visits with their many friends in Toronto, attending reunions of his medical school graduating class every 5 years. This summer the class would have held their 60th Anniversary reunion in Toronto If not for Covid-19.

In retirement Elaine & Harvey enjoyed their love of classical music as well as Dixieland jazz, attending multiple jazz festivals throughout the local areas. They were also members of ORT America and City of Hope while supporting many other organizations in Southern California and elsewhere. In October 2019, Harvey became a resident of Silverado Memory Care in Brea. As one of their first residents, he was well loved and well cared for. They called him Dr. Harvey, where he never lost his sense of humor and the twinkle in his eyes. He loved his wonderful caregivers and gave it a good fight with their help.

Harvey was so proud of his family. He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 62 years, Elaine, their son Dr. David Socol and family, their son Marc Socol, wife Margie and grandchildren Anna and Julia in Nashville. Also survived by his brother Lionel Socol, wife Carol, and niece and nephew Alison (Ali) Bernstein and husband Dennis and children Lily and Casey, nephew Randy Socol, wife Heather and children Skyler and Eve. Survived by sister-in-law Gert Rossman in Toronto, nieces Wendy Bellemore in Calgary and Carolyn in Toronto and their children Maurie, Matt and Billy. Also Wendy’s daughter Sarah, husband Michael and grandchildren Jayda & Robert. Harvey leaves cousins in Israel, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles & Chicago.

Special thanks to the caring staff at Silverado Memory Care, Brea and to his very special caregiver, Ivy from Home Care Assistance.

Funeral at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:30. In consideration of Covid-19, services will be conducted at graveside. For those unable to attend in person, the funeral will be broadcast live in Zoom. The family will be observing a virtual shiva Tuesday Oct 27 and Wednesday Oct 27 at 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Harvey’s name to Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton, ORT America, City of Hope, Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes or any charity of your choice.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020


Dr. Harvey Socol

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Carol Nichols

March 28, 2021

My thoughts are with Elaine and family.... I worked for Dr Socol for a few years in the 70s along with my Mother, Barbara Byres, who worked for him and Dr. Abrams for many years along with Jean, Roz, and Dr. Woo to name a few I can actually remember! I always have great memories of my time working in the office, it was a loving atmosphere. He was also my family Dr. growing up! You are all in my thoughts and I am very sad to hear of his passing..he was a great man who will be greatly missed.

Judy Frank

November 4, 2020

Deepest condolences to family and friends. Sending love to Elaine and family.
Harvey was our family doctor for four generations of our family in his early career. My grandmother loved his sense of humour as well as his kind and knowledgeable care. He delivered my first daughter and cared for my parents, brother and a the rest of us. He was our dear friend, a mensch. Moving away with his young family did not divide that closeness. We looked forward to summer visits, stories and laughter together. Share it all now Harvey, with those you now join.
Miss you, always in our hearts , never forgotten. Your memory will be for blessings.
With love

Carolynne (Lazenby) Paton

November 2, 2020

"Uncle" Harvey was a great family friend of the Lazenbys in Richmond Hill, ON. I have memories of him from the time I was about 5 years old. He was a wonderful doctor who frequently made house calls. He and Elaine were very special friends to my parents, (the late) Bill and Evelyn Lazenby. We had many wonderful times together with both families. I remember well the times that he and Elaine came to visit my mother when they made their yearly trips to Toronto. I am sending my deepest condolences to Elaine, David, Mark and the rest of their families. Harvey will be missed.

Raymond Frank

October 29, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Elaine and the entire Socol family.
Dr. Socol was a friend and an amazing doctor. He set a standard in life for others and was influential in a way he may never have known. To me there are special people in my life. Harvey was one of those in so many ways. His incredible personality has stayed with me all my life, and, because of this incredible man he inspired me to attend his medical school in Toronto. It may be for only one day, but, it was important to me. A great family friend, a great sense of humour , a great husband, father and grandfather...not to mention the best Doctor our family ever had.
Harvey, will be missed dearly and has left us all with great memories. Bless you Dr. Socol.

Marvin and Bayla Abrams

October 28, 2020

We are saddened to hear of Harvey's passing. Harvey and I practiced medicine together for many years in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. We had a good working relationship. He was so knowledgeable that I depended on him for advice. His patients adored him. He was always smiling and upbeat. He always had an answer to any problems. We parted ways when he moved to California and I went to Houston TX. We met frequently in Toronto. We have very fond memories of Harvey. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

Bayla and Marvin

Carol Gelfer

October 27, 2020

Harvey and Elaine were 2 of my parents very best friends. I remember so many parties, visits, temple activities and shared memories between our 2 families. Harvey was an amazing guy and a wonderful friend. He will be very missed.

Mitchel Goldberg

October 27, 2020

We are so sad with this loss of such a king generous loving man. I know from Religious school experience what wonderful sons they raised and our prayers go out to Elaine and the entire family at this sad moment in their lives.

Janice and Mitchel Goldberg

Howard Donsky

October 27, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. My sincerest condolences to his family. We were classmates in med school. He was fun to hang around with, generously shared information and was a major force on our championship volleyball team. He was an excellent physician throughout his career.

George Marcus

October 27, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Harvey's passing. I remember driving down to Toronto University classes regularly with Harv. I remember fondly our occasional get-togethers in Los Angeles or Toronto. It has now been several years since our last meeting and would have been difficult to arrange another, as we now live in Ramat Gan, Israel.
May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
ברוך דיין אמת

Becky & Arthur Roth

October 27, 2020

Harvey was a wonderful individual. He was a jokester, and made us laugh. He will be greatly missed.
Arthur & Becky Roth