2011-09-09 / Letters

A Beautiful Man And Mind

Dear Editor,

I came home from work yesterday and was enjoying the view of a now calm serene beach, still feeling the after effects of a harrowing week with earthquake and hurricane stress. I thought that, at last, the upheaval was over and life was returning to normalcy.

It was then that my daughter called to tell me “some sad news.” At that moment that she blurted out that Dr. Pearl died. My brain froze and I was speechless. Dr. Pearl? It just couldn’t be.

The very same Dr. David Pearl of Ocean Medical, who would sit with me and discuss the latest medical developments in a myriad of fields and explain the nuances and history of the most obscure diseases. The wonderful man who never rushed me out of his examining room even though his waiting room was brimming with patients. The down-to-earth soul who was kind and compassionate and wonderful to all his staff. No, it couldn’t be.

But sadly the news was true. I cried and couldn’t sleep.

Dr. David Pearl was brilliant and kind and an unbelievable asset to our community, servicing and caring for so many of our residents. I know I am not alone in my devastation. Aside from the personal loss, there is a void now in the care that is available to the people of our community.

I offer my deepest condolences to his family and to his Ocean Medical family as well, who too, were always so helpful and kind on the phone. Their loss must be beyond devastating. Just gain comfort that his remarkable soul will always be with us and we will miss him unbelievably.

As I look out on the boardwalk and see the tough and hardy souls that wander the streets, eating and drinking out of garbage cans, walking in the cold, panhandling for money to gamble, I can’t help but wonder “is this fair?” A wonderful man with so much to offer the world is now gone, and these people go on, forever it seems, with no effects to their health.

I worried about Dr. Pearl—-a stressful practice, a young family and obviously some health issues which we learned about last year. But I thought he too would go on, always at the ready to help us in our time of need. We now have to go on without him. It is a loss that will be felt for a very long time.


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My husband and I have been

My husband and I have been going to Dr. Pearl for almost 20 years in the Oceanside Office - he was a kind, gentle, caring man who always took the time to listen! We moved to Florida 3 years ago and I said to my husband, "What doctor will I use down here?" He said, "We can always fly back to NY and see Dr. Pearl if we need to." He was one-in-a-million family doctor! We were sad to learn today, from another family member who saw him in the Rockaway office, that he was ill. I'm sorry we didn't know that. Our love and sympathy go out to his family, co-workers - he will be missed. Janet & Brett Weingarten

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