December 14, 1927 - June 6, 2021
Dr. Harold Diftler was born in 1927 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Rose and Ben Diftler of Diftler's Jewelers. Harold had a successful dental practice for forty-six years. He served people of all walks of life and made it possible for his patients to have dental care, no matter their situation or who they were. Harold had a great love for serving his community. He was president of The Knoxville Symphony, Blount Mansion, and Heska Amuna Synagogue. He was a board member for the Children's Hospital for twenty-five years, and he was instrumental in bringing the Ronald MacDonald House to Knoxville. He was also named a University of Tennessee Chancellor's associate. Harold threw himself into his every endeavor. When he started running, he joined the Knoxville Track Club and traveled the country running marathons. He was a collector of antiques, watches and clocks and cameras. Central to everything Harold did was Knoxville; no matter where his life took him--be it the Navy or his education--Harold always remained attached to his hometown of Knoxville and was happy to come home. Once retired from his forty-six years as a dentist, he went back to school at University of Tennessee and audited courses in history, film, political science, anthropology and music. He was an enthusiastic volunteer. Harold was an amateur photographer from a young age and honed his skills by photographing his children and grandchildren. He was an artistically talented and educated man, who loved to learn and had a never-ending curiosity. Harold and his wife, Joyce Robinson Diftler were married for 67 years, and together they built a love-filled community of friends and family that filled them with joy. When Harold became ill, they moved to Los Angeles to be with their three daughters, sons-in-laws, and grandchildren. His children felt lucky to have been able to give him the unconditional love that he always gave them. He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Rose, and his brother Nathan. He leaves behind his wife, Joyce Robinson Diftler, Phoebe Diftler (Pacific Palisades, CA), Stephanie Diftler (Adam and Jamin Schwerner of Laguna Beach, CA), Allison Diftler (Billy, Nathan, and Erin Goldenberg of Santa Monica CA), as well as his spectacular caregiver, Manny Colorado. A service will be held at Rose Funeral and Cremation - Mann in the chapel at 3:00 on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 with Rabbi Alon C. Ferency officiating. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Heska Amuna Synagogue, (https://heskaamuna.org/new2-donations/), and selecting "Cemetery". Online condolences may be sent to www.rosefuneraltn.com. Arrangements provided by Rose Funeral and Cremation Mann Chapel. Services will be streamed live at www.facebook.com/RoseMannHeritage.
Dr. Harold Diftler was born in 1927 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Rose and Ben Diftler of Diftler's Jewelers. Harold had a successful dental practice for forty-six years. He served people of all walks of life and made it possible for his patients... View Obituary & Service Information
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