In Loving Memory of Dr. Dennis J. Bird

June 08, 1942
Brooklyn, NY
October 14, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

Service

St. Pius X Church

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Cemetery

Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

October 19, 2017

Family Gathering

Charity

St. Pius X Church Faith Center

834 Brookside Drive,
Fairfield,
CT 06824



Dr. Dennis J. Bird

Dr. Dennis J. Bird, 75, passed away from complications from a spinal injury on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was born on June 8, 1942, to Robert E. and Jennie Bird in Brooklyn, New York. He married his soul mate Lois Palmeri with whom he recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Dr. Bird worked as an oral surgeon for many years in Bridgeport, Connecticut entertaining his patients and staff with his jokes and lighting the world with his smile. He loved music, especially if it included a brass section, and was a regular guest on the WICC Italian House Party radio show. Dr. Bird was also a long time ham radio operator and an avid fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. After retirement, he discovered that he could bake desserts like no other and enjoyed sharing them with willing taste testers across Fairfield. He loved spending time at Duchess and Ruby Tuesdays and knowing the staff on a first name basis. Religion was a vital and important part of Dr. Bird’s life; he was a daily communicant, Eucharistic minister, and an active member of St. Pius X church in Fairfield. Most of all Dr. Bird was a wonderful, kind, and generous person who always tried to make others happy. Dr. Bird is survived by his wife, Lois, his beloved son, Robert, and wife, Laura, and his adoring grandson, Ryan. Survivors also include his sister Jennie, his niece and her family (Jena, Mike, Micayla, and Mason), and his cousins, Vinny and Margaret, Sal, Joe and their families, and all of his close friends. He will welcome us all to heaven with a warm smile and a tray of brownies. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X church 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield, Connecticut, Thursday, October 19, at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to St. Pius X church for their faith center. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit www.SpearMillerFunerallHome.com

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13 Guestbook Entries for Dennis J. Bird, DDS

  1. Mrs. Bird and Robert,
    My thoughts are with you and your family. Dr. Bird sure did light the world with his smile. He was the obvious person to bring our family together for a group photo and put smiles on our faces. And I had complete faith in him as he extracted my wisdom teeth – I bet he was telling jokes all along. He will be truly missed. -Siobhan

  2. My deepest condolences on the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. I met Dr. Bird through his wife Lois when she and and I were volunteers at The American Cancer Society many years ago. I will always remembering him for his witty jokes and his smile.
    May he rest in peace and may you Lois and family cherish many wonderful memories of him.

  3. Dennis Bird was one of the kindest, most loving people our family has ever known. We often referred to him as “Uncle” Dennis and we thought of him as such. He was someone we could count on in our lives in times of need or to make us laugh with one of his jokes. So many of our photos and videos were taken by Dennis. He was an incredibly talented man. We appreciated all of his many skills whether they be dental, musical or electronic. He brought joy to so many of our family dinners and parties over the years. He was incredibly kind and thoughtful. Heaven has gained a good man. May his memory forever be a blessing to all those who knew and loved him. With love, Ronda, Brian, Ethan and Alison Cantor

  4. Mrs. Bird , Robert and family,
    Dr. Bird was a gentle giant. He always had a kind greeting and a joke to share. As a member of St.Pius X , he played a vital role. Special prayers for his lovely wife and family. May he be at peace.

  5. Lois and family,

    Seems like yesterday he was driving down the hill, stopping to tell us jokes. We were lucky to be his neighbor. Our sincere sympathy to you and the family.

  6. So sorry to hear, our deepest condolences to Bird family. We met Dr.Bird at St.Pius church. With no exceptions, he always remembered to bring candies and lollipops for our little ones every Saturday morning and ensured they have a smiling face. No words can express how much we appreciated his love and friendship towards us. We will miss him very much but we are proud to say we have a friend in heaven now. Take care Mrs.Bird.
    Love & prayers,
    Kalayil family

  7. So sorry to hear, our deepest condolences to Bird family. We met Dr. Bird at St.Pius church. With no exceptions, he always remembered to bring candies and lollipops for our little ones every Saturday morning and ensured they have a smiling face. No words can express how much we appreciated his love and friendship towards us. We will miss him very much but we are proud to say we have a friend in heaven now. Take care Mrs.Bird.
    Love & prayers,
    Kalayil family

  8. My condolences to Lois and Jennie. I will always remember Dennis for his sense of humor and his skill as a surgeon having sat in his chair many times. Rest in peace friend.
    Tim

  9. Robert,
    On behalf of your friends and colleagues at the ALSB, I’d like you to know that we send our deepest condolences. We are with you in spirit and hope that the memories you have of your dad will guide you and your family through these very sad times.

  10. Lois, Robert and Family,
    We are devastated to hear about Dennis’s passing. He was our best friend for over forty years.
    We shared so many wonderful times together including celebrating so many holidays, weddings and other events. He was always there for us whenever a friend was needed. He was a colleague, our buddy and our friend. He was a religious man who lived by the teaching of love thy neighbor as thy self. He helped the entrie community. He lived his life as an angel helping so many people. He had so many talents and after he retired he started to bake to bring sweetness into people’s lives. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved music and the Dodgers. He was also a wiz at electronics. He was a wonderful oral surgeon and had great empathy for people. He enhanced our lives and we are so grateful to have had him in our lives. May his memory forever be a blessing for all who knew him and loved him. We will miss him so much. Charlie and Eidie Applebaum

  11. We are devestated to hear of Dennis’s passing. He was our best friend for over forty years. He was a colleague, a buddy and our friend. He was there for us when we needed a friend. We celebrated so many wonderful times together including so many holidays, weddings and other events. He was an angel helping so many people. He was a religious man who lived by the teaching of love thy neighbor as thy self. He was a musician, a terrific oral surgeon who had great empathy for people. He loved the Dodgers and loved to make people laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. After he retired he started baking to bring sweetness into people’s lives. He would share his baking with friends, families and acquaintances. He enhanced our lives. We loved him so much. When Dennis entered a room it lit up with his engaging personality and charm. We are so grateful to have had him in our lives. May his memory forever be a blessing to those who knew him and loved him. We will miss him always.

  12. Dear Robert and family,
    we are so sorry for your loss. We only met your father a few times when spending wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations at your house. From these brief encounters we could tell what a wonderful, welcoming and generous man he was and how much you, Lois, Ryan and his entire family and friends must miss him. Our sincere sympathy.
    Gerlinde & family

  13. We were so saddened to learn of Dr. Bird’s passing. Our daughter was a patient and our experience was nothing short of wonderful. It was very apparent that he loved what he did. We will keep him and the entire family in our thoughts and prayers.