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Philip Kaplan

Philip Kaplan, 95, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 21 December 2020.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE on Wednesday, 23 December 2020 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Jeffrey Falick and Cantor Daniel Gross officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

Philip Kaplan passed away December 21 after a long and fulfilling life. He was born on July 5, 1925, the 5th and youngest child of Isaac and Fanny Kaplan. He grew up in Detroit as the baby in the family and his older brothers and sister took great pride in their baby brother. He worked hard in his father’s fish market growing up and into young adulthood. Education was very important to Philip and he attended Wayne State University in Engineering. On Aug 13, 1943 he and the love of his life, Diane Pritz, went out on their first date and an enduring love affair, partnership and friendship resulted in 73 years of wonderful marriage. They had 3 children, Gary, Robert and Janet.

Phil was clearly a “people person” and that was a great attribute for a career in business. He and his brother Sidney acquired Northside Hardware in Wayne Michigan in 1955 and grew the business into one of the most successful independent hardware stores in the country. Phil became a leader of the local business community. He continued to work until almost his 90th birthday and developed numerous very special friendships that endured over his entire life.

Phil and Diane had a rich and full life. They traveled extensively to all of the continents with trips that often included adventure, history and art sight-seeing, and made many new friends along the way. Phil was always very curious and interested in everyone he knew and met. This led to long conversations and many opportunities to discuss the latest in politics, world affairs and the challenges of daily life. He was well known for his sense of humor and many would often seek him out for the latest joke. He truly loved life.

Philip is survived by his loving wife of 73years Diane, his son Gary (Wendy), daughter Janet(Howard) and his 2 grandchildren Erin Zeitler (Daniel) and Zachary Kaplan and 2 great grandchildren Riley and Mason. He leaves loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends especially in Seattle, North Carolina, and the Detroit area.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 25.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Philip Kaplan may do so by making a contribution to:

Detroit Institute Of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
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Birmingham Temple
28611 W. 12 Mile
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 477-1410
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Virginia Mason Medical Center
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 223-6600
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