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 David Silver è nato nel 1935 ed è stato un professore del Seneca College di Toronto ed un collezionista di libri rari.

 Viveva a Thornhill una cittadina circa 40 km a nord di Toronto ed era sposato con Barbara.

 Fu amante dello squash e del tennis ma, soprattutto, del bridge che ha praticato a livello agonistico conseguendo alcuni lusinghieri piazzamenti.

 Scrisse anche 5 divertenti libri umoristici che ebbero qualche successo e dopo il pensionamento si dedicò molto ad una altra sua passione, il turismo.

 Silver è scomparso il 23 febbraio del 2017 a Thornhill dopo una breve impari battaglia contro un cancro al pancreas.

  David Silver (1935 - 2017) was a man of wide-ranging interests who will be remembered by many students from his forty-year career teaching literature at Seneca College in Toronto. He was a collector of rare books and first editions, and loved poking through flea markets and used book stores for undiscovered treasures. He enjoyed squash and tennis, and after retirement took the opportunity to travel widely. He had a quick and ready wit, and could never resist an apposite one-liner, even in social situations where the habit occasionally came back to haunt him.

However, his life-long passion was bridge, which he played at an expert level and in which he achieved many tournament successes. In typical self-deprecating fashion, he claimed to have partnered every great player of his generation – once. David's own writings reflected both his love for bridge and his knowledge of literature. His five published books featured his alter ego, ‘Professor Silver', in humorous pastiches of everything from Sherlock Holmes and Joseph Conrad to The Maltese Falcon and Douglas Coupland, all somehow made plausible in a bridge setting.

His readers often had difficulty distinguishing between the Silver of fiction and the man himself, and he told me of many occasions on his travels where he had been addressed as ‘Professor Silver' and asked to play, or to solve some abstruse problem.

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