On February 6, 2014, Dr. Michael Perry, longtime Highland Falls dentist, passed away.
Dr. Perry was born April 8, 1923 in Montreal Canada and emigrated to the United States as a child. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended New York University before graduating from the Temple University School of Dentistry in 1947.
Michael married Harriet Estrin in 1947 and enjoyed over 66 years of marriage. He has two daughters, Rachelle Perry, DVM, and Sandi Perry, and one son, Arthur Perry, MD.
While in dental school, Michael served in the United States Army. After graduation, he established a practice in Brooklyn. He then served as a Captain in the dental corp in the Korean War. Following the war, he established his practice in Highland Falls, NY, where he actively practiced dentistry until this week.
In Highland Falls, Dr. Perry was elected as a Town Councilman. He was a volunteer in the Highland Falls Fire Department, a Mason, a member of the Town of Highlands zoning board and the zoning board of appeals. He was a 70+ year member of the American Legion, a member of the Rotary Club, and a member of the American Dental Association, and the 9th district dental society.
Dr. Perry loved his work, providing dentistry for 3 generations of Highland Falls residents.
He is survived by his wife Harriet, his son and daughters, his daughter-in-law Bedonna, grandchildren Benjamin, Meredith, and Julia Perry.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday February 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM at Hellman Memorial Chapels, 15 State Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977. Interment will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Jewish Home for the Aged at Riverdale. Arrangements under the direction of Hellman Memorial Chapels, Spring Valley, NY.
- Committal Service Sunday, February 9, 2014
- Funeral Service Sunday, February 9, 2014
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September 30, 2014
Dear Doc Perry.
Several months have past. I am still sad. We miss you. I am thinking of the days working as your chairside assistant. Good times. Our Pen Pal hasnt sent us any cards. There will be no christmas card. No birthday card. No phone calls. You are so missed. We will tresure our friendship for ever. You will always be in our Hearts.... Teri and John
February 10, 2014
Dear Perry Family,
Uncle Mike was a loving presence in our lives, with his warmth, compassion, and sense of humor. We cherish our memories of him and admired his kindness and generosity. He found joy in life and was fun to be with. Even when we lived far away, Mike stayed in our lives and was never far from us, taking an interest in what everyone was doing and how they were. We are fortunate to have so many great memories and will never forget him.
All of our love,
Andrew, Ann, Daniel and Jeffrey Roberts
February 9, 2014
Dear Perry Family,
We wish you our deepest condolences on losing your beloved husband/father/grandfather. May your cherished memories always provide you comfort, strength & joy.
Judy Axelrod & Family & Ken Rubin
February 8, 2014
We would like to thank Dr. Perry for all his advice and services through the years.
The Reberholt Family
February 8, 2014
I send my deepest condolences to the Perry Family. I feel as if I have lost a close friend, as well as the Dentist who cared for me for 21 years. Dear Doctor Perry was a stand-out in his field, unique, there was no one like him. Great dentistry and a holistic survey of the patient. He referred me to a specialist because the specialist had missed something very important; he recognized a serious illness others had missed. I was never just the right lower molar; I was always a whole and important person to him. I will miss him terribly. Seeing him was always a joy: he was so interesting and full of medical facts he had gleaned from his constant self-study across the disciplines and so interested in me, the patient in his chair. One of a kind he was.
Respectfully and sincerely yours,