On Aug. 24, Dr. Ira T. Bloom. Beloved husband of Lynn Bloom (née Zemel); loving father of Hilary Bloom and Dana (Danielle Johansen) Kunzelman; devoted brother to Alan (Lynn) Bloom and Robert (Anne) Bloom; brother-in-law to Dr. Stephen (Terri) Zemel; loving Poppy to Avery and Ethan Klondar, Maya Kunzelman and Lindsey and Zachary Johansen; devoted son to the late Hyman Levin and Belle (née Vodenos) and Morris Bloom; and son-in law of the late Hyman and Mildred (née Gordon) Zemel. He is survived by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, students and friends. He was a kind and loving soul that dedicated his life to helping others. He was generous with his time, his wisdom and his mitzvahs. He embodied the role of a family man — family was everything to him, and family always came first. He cherished his wife, daughters and grandchildren. He dedicated his professional life to dentistry. He had his own practice for 40 years before becoming a professor and mentor at the AEGD Clinic at the University of Maryland Dental School. He was loved by all of his students for teaching them how to “make life easy” and “begin with the end in mind.” In his spare time, he was a master gardener and spent 12 years designing and planting his very own Japanese garden. His artistic gift was also evident in his charcoal drawings, paintings and sculpting. He was loved by all that knew him and will be truly missed.

Contributions may be sent to The Maryland Food Bank, Attn: Donor Services, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, Baltimore, MD 21227 or The Helping Up Mission, 1029 East Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

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