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    Unhappy Norman "Doc" Zaffater - ZaffDoc (Final Call)

    For those who knew Mr. Zaffater, his YouTube Channel: ZaffDoc, on April 1, 2012 around 5am Mr. Zaffater passed away. He was the biggest firebuff and my best friend. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2012 at St. Josephs Catholic Church at 2pm. He will be buried at Forest Park (St. Vincent) A short video I made in his honor is attached below. The full funeral procession will be filmed. Shreveport Fire Engine 7 and Caddo Parish Fire District #5 Engine along with Command Cars will be leading the funeral. 5101 Out of service, Gone but not forgotten.

    **Norman "Doc" Zaffater's Video**
    (http://youtu.be/na5mlCRIuYs)

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    Cody Daniels
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    I only know of him from his YouTube videos, but he got a lot of great video. Looks like he had a great life.

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    He lived a great life until recently. He had alot of health problems. He passed away due to his lungs failing. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified of the funeral procession that will be uploaded either Thursday or Friday.

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    He will be missed.

    From what I understand, he has been an institution at the SFD for many, many years.

    I will be looking forward to your video as I have already have previous departments committments for Thursday.
    Last edited by LaFireEducator; 04-03-2012 at 10:31 AM.
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    Thanks. The funeral is going to be amazing. SFD Engine 7 and CFD 5 engine will be leading. Along with command vehicles. If you have any stories about Doc please email them to: RememberingDoc@Signal51Group.com or www.Signal51Group.com Some short brief statements will be placed into the video.

    Osborn Funeral Home
    Dr. Norman Anthony Zaffater, Sr.
    (January 31, 1933 - April 1, 2012) SHREVEPORT, LA - Dr. Norman Anthony Zaffater, Sr., age 79, of Shreveport, Louisiana, passed away early Sunday, April 1, 2012. Norman was preceded in death by his father Anthony Zaffater, mother Mary Roppolo Zaffater, his brother Dr. Joseph W. Zaffater, Sr. and his sister Josephine Zaffater. Dr. Zaffater was married to the love of his life Carol Boudousquie Zaffater for 54 years. Together, they have four daughters, Nancy Zaffater Carter (William R. Carter), Dr. Christine Zaffater Smith (Dr. Dean E. Smith), Julie E. Zaffater and Paula Zaffater Prevot (Mark W. Prevot) and one son, Dr. Norman Zaffater, Jr. (Barbara Hackleman). Norman and Carol have 14 grandchildren: Lauren, Amanda, Christopher and Caroline Carter; Melissa, Nicholas, Andrew and Daniel Smith; Hillary, Wesley, Zachary and Avery Prevot; Norman Anthony Zaffater, III, and John Paul Zaffater. Numerous nieces and nephews including Carol Zaffater Ferrara (John Ferrara), Dr. Joseph W. Zaffater, Jr., Joseph W. Zaffater, III, (Leslie) and Lauren Zaffater. Dr. Zaffater, affectionately known as “Doc” was born in Shreveport on January 31, 1933. He attended Creswell Elementary School and C.E. Byrd High School. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans, graduating from Dental School in 1958, married New Orleans native Carol Boudousquie the following Saturday and spent the next 54 wonderful years together in Shreveport where he practiced Orthodontics. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and a fellow of the International College of Dentists. He served as President of the Northwest Louisiana Dental Association, was a member of the American Dental Association and the Louisiana Dental Association where he was named a fellow and a distinguished dentist. He was a member of the American Orthodontic Association and the Southwestern Orthodontic Association where he served on the research committee. He was a member of the Louisiana Orthodontic Association. He single handedly started and led the crusade for fluoridated water for the city of Shreveport. After expertly communicating the benefits to the community, the vote was passed. Adding fluoride to the city water has saved countless children from tooth decay. “Doc” served as president of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Council and was an officer of the Bayou Syndicate Investment Club. Growing up next to Fire Station 7, he developed a deep respect and admiration for firefighters. He worked as a firefighter for the Shreveport Fire Department during the Korean war when many firefighters were drafted. He was also a firefighter for Caddo Fire District 9 and later when they merged into Caddo Fire District 5. He became an EMT first responder at the age of 70. He was co-founder and president of Signal 51 Group and was an honorary Fire Chief of the Caddo Fire District 5 and the Shreveport Fire Department. He served as vice president of the International Fire Buff Association. He was a member of the Louisiana Firemen’s Association and was also web master for both the Signal 51 Group and Caddo Fire District 5. He was treasurer of the Shreveport Firefighters museum for over 40 years. He had a passion for restoring antique fire trucks and other apparatus and is fondly remembered by the neighborhood children for fun fire truck rides. He left a living legacy in the hundreds of videos and thousands of photos that he took and shared over his 75 years of fire buffing. Ham radio operating, computers and electronics were also passions of his. He owned Computer SOS for several years. Of all of his passions, his greatest love and source of pride was always his family. Doc had a wonderful sense of humor, a twinkle in his eye, a bright and happy attitude, a kind heart and an energetic spirit. He positively affected people through his dental practice, his associations with the Shreveport Fire Department and the firefighting community worldwide and in his daily life. Those who knew Doc will forever love and miss him. To those who did not have a chance to know him, you missed knowing a great man. Doc will live on in our hearts. We take comfort in one of Doc's sayings, "I'll be in the ‘Great Firehouse in the Sky’ and will be watching you through the pole hole and you'll do alright. Pallbearers include Dr. Spiro Cosse, Dr. Harvey Carter, Dr. Joseph W. Zaffater, Jr., Dr. Gary Key, William R. Carter, Dr. Dean E. Smith, Mark W. Prevot and Donnie Tuminello. Honorary pallbearers include members of the Signal 51 Group, The Shreveport Fire Department and Caddo Fire District 5. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, April 4, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Vigil at 8:00) at Osborn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 5, at 1:30 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church followed by burial at Forest Park Cemetery. Officiating will be Father Richard J. Lombard.

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    Cody Daniels
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    If you want to watch the funeral procession the burial will take place at Forrest Park Cemetery on St. Vincent Avenue. Services start at 1:30pm. The procession will be filmed at the entrance to Forrest Park Cemetery. Feel free to attend.

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    Cody Daniels
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    Thanks KSLA News 12 for doing a story. Everyone stay tuned in for the final video of Norman "Doc" Zaffater.

    Funeral service begins at 1:30pm at St. Josephs Catholic Church

    www.Signal51Group.com

    http://www.ksla.com/story/17340037/s...to-biggest-fan

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    Cody Daniels
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