Obituary: David C. Grossack

David C. Grossack, at 61

David Charles Grossack Esq., died Sept. 20, erev Rosh Hashanah. He was 61.
Mr. Grossack succumbed to a hard-fought battle with heart and kidney failure despite the superhuman efforts of the compassionate and dedicated staff at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Mr. Grossack was, first and foremost, a passionate man. Several locales held special significance to him. He loved walking the beach in his hometown of Hull; he loved visiting his birthplace of Hawaii, returning there frequently to vacation; he was especially passionate about Israel, its people, history, customs, and even geography. (He loved spending as much time as possible floating in the Dead Sea).
Career-wise, Mr. Grossack was passionate about the law and serving his clients. There was no topic or client too controversial for him to defend vigorously. 
One notable legal issue for which he passionately worked were fathers in marital disputes who were summarily denied child custody and visitation rights. He represented this group despite what he saw as public biases against them. Mr. Grossack’s hobbies included creating artwork and researching (and discussing) history, current events, and geopolitical issues.
Lastly, Mr. Grossack was most passionate about his family, doting on his three nephews and their accomplishments. He was lovingly connected to his significant other, Joan, and her brothers, Charlie, David, and Steven. He called his sister-in-law “Sis” and enjoyed wonderfully close relationships with both his mother and brother.
He made a positive impact on many lives and will be dearly missed.
Mr. Grossack is survived by his mother, Judith [Trachtenberg] Grossack; brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Rocky) Grossack and Jori Ceder Grossack; nephews Samuel, Adam, and Zachary Grossack; and longtime partner, Joan Shuman.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 at 11:45 a.m. at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St., Newton. Shiva will be held immediately thereafter at the temple and continue until 8:30 p.m.
If you choose to make a contribution in memory of David, his family suggests a donation to his alma mater, New England Law/Boston, 154 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116, or online at