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Dr. Irwin Small

Dr. Irwin Small, 89, of Bloomfield Township, Michigan, died after sunset on 23 September 2016.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at 10:00 AM .

Rabbi Joseph Krakoff officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

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The family of Dr. Irwin Small will be gathering through the evening of Tuesday, September 27 at the residence, 6861 Orinoco Circle, Bloomfield Hills MI 48301. The phone number is 248-626-6424.

Friends are welcome to visit on Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m. through Tuesday evening.

Religious services will be held on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.

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Dr. Small is survived by his wife and soulmate of 63 years, Susan Linial Small; his children and their spouses, Jill and Craig Sanders, Richard and Missy Small, Robin and David Landry, and Karen Small; grandchildren, Michelle and Brian Landry, Michael and Stephanie Sanders, Randi and Robbie Small; his brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Rosalie Small; sister, Lois Langelier; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois and Arthur Perlmutter. He is also many loving nieces and nephews.

Irwin grew up in Tarrytown, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan, his Dental degree from Columbia University, and his Oral Surgery diploma from Washington University in St. Louis. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a member of the University of Michigan football team which was crowned national champions after beating USC 49-0 in the 1947-48 Rose Bowl. He also was on the wrestling team.

He worked at the Bloom Clinic for several years and in the early 60's he and Dr. Thomas Torgerson started the first oral surgery practice in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area. During this period, he invented the Mandibular Staple dental implant which improved the quality of life for many people. He also participated in two medical-dental missions with Project Hope.

He retired after 38 years, wintering in Florida. More recently he attended the Dorothy and Peter Brown Senior Center, and excellent facility. After that, two special caregivers, Sharon Perry and Laurie Hill, took wonderful care of him at home.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Dr. Irwin Small may do so by making a contribution to:

Hospice of Michigan
400 Galleria Officenter
Suite 400
Southfield, MI 48034
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Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter
25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48033
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Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 West Maple
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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