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Marvin M. Tamaroff

Marvin M. Tamaroff, 95, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 16 July 2021.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Sunday, 18 July 2021 at 2:45 PM .

Rabbi Steven Rubenstein officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery - Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 4:00 p.m..

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The family of Marvin M. Tamaroff will be gathering through the evening of Monday, July 19 at Congregation Beth Ahm, 5075 W Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Township MI 48322. Religious services will be held at Congregation Beth Ahm at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, and Monday, July 19, 2021. The family will be accepting visitors at Beth Ahm on Monday from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Due to Covid, the family will not be accepting visitors in the Family Room at the chapel. Immediate family only. Additionally, the family requests that those who have not been vaccinated wear a mask. Masks will be available for those who need them.

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Marvin M. Tamaroff passed away on July 16, 2021 at age 95. He battled various medical conditions over the last couple years, but true to his tenacious nature, he fought valiantly until the end and left this world peacefully, in his bed, surrounded by his loving family.

Marvin was born to Anna and Louis Tamaroff in Detroit on November 17, 1925. At 17 years old, he enlisted in the Army, where he endured harrowing experiences, including marching 300 miles without food and being taken as a Nazi prisoner of war.

Upon his return, Marvin graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from General Motors Institute, married his longtime sweetheart, Claire, had two children, Jeffrey and Karen, and began to pursue his dream: becoming a car dealer.

He started out as a used-car dealer in Detroit and in 1969, became the first dealer to open on Telegraph and 12 Mile Road. Over the next decades he became the largest Buick dealer in Michigan and one of the most successful in the country. His company, now called Tamaroff Motors (which includes Jeffrey Automotive Group in Roseville), is still going strong today and being run by the third generation.

In addition to his career, Marvin was a dedicated philanthropist, generously supporting many charities and causes. He was also a mentor to many people, helping several, including his son, Jeffrey, to open their own dealerships.

He was a pillar of the community — but most importantly, he was the pillar of our family. He was our patriarch, our leader, the one who always sat at the head of the table. He was a quiet presence, except when he let loose his deep, booming laugh, which he did often.

Marvin will be remembered as many things: a dreamer, an adventurer, a visionary, a collector of everything from vintage cars to watches to magazine subscriptions, a lover of fine food and travel…the list goes on. As a friend said, he was a true gentleman who always handled himself with integrity and kindness. He was, simply, a legend.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 68 years, Claire Tamaroff; his children, Jeffrey and Sandi Tamaroff and Karen and Howard Frehsee; his grandchildren, Nicole and Joel Mazur; Jason and Gillian Tamaroff, Eric and Elyse Frehsee, Ryan Tamaroff, and Ashley Tamaroff; his great-grandchildren, Elan and Jacob Tamaroff, Maya and Sadie Mazur and Hanna Frehsee; his sister, Shirlee Katzman; many nieces and nephews; and his devoted caregiver, Elizabeth.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Anna Tamaroff; sister and brother-in-law Helene and Jack Shulman; sister Betty Schwartz; and sister-and-brother-in-law Dorothy and Harold Reisner.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Marvin M. Tamaroff may do so by making a contribution to:

Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 West Maple
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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Hospice of Michigan
43097 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
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Congregation Beth Ahm
The Tamaroff Family Fund
5075 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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