February 16, 1945 - August 10, 2018
SALIMI, Dr. Rabbi - age 73, of Fenton, died Friday, August 10, 2018. Funeral service will be held 11 AM Monday, August 13, 2018 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton with Mr. Leonard Meizlish and Rabbi Yisroel Weingarten officiating. Interment will follow at Machpelah Cemetery, Flint. The family will receive friends from 10 AM - 11 AM Monday at the funeral home. The family will sit Shiva at 7 PM at their residence Monday - Friday. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Flint Jewish Federation (flintfed.com). Rabbi was born February 16, 1945 in Esfahan, Iran, the son of Farajollah and Nosrat (Manzourollah) Salimi. Dr. Salimi first came to America in 1974 to start a medical internship at Mclaren Hospital - having just graduated at the top of his medical school class in Iran. Because he didn’t know anyone in Michigan, he lived inside the hospital for the first six months, and was reprimanded by his superior just once, for responding to every single code, even when he wasn’t on call. He continued his career with a residency at Henry Ford Hospital. On his very first day, he “accidentally” sat next to a beautiful young woman named Betty. On their second date, he committed to marrying her. A couple of years later, as they were standing at the altar, she quietly asked him if he thought they were doing the right thing. His response: “let’s finish getting married first, and we can discuss it later.” Forty-one years, three children and six beautiful grandchildren later, she’s glad they never did. Upon finishing his training, Dr. Salimi moved back to Flint to open his own practice. His first office was only 500 square feet, barely enough room to contain his beloved patients- and the trademark “Hellloooo” with which he greeted them. His dedication to his patients continued for decades, all the way up to the construction of the Crowne Point Surgery & Endoscopy Center. With a location first scouted out by Betty, putting her 4x4 to good use, and a mission to buck the national trend of local hospitals being devoured by mega corporations, the state of the art facility was envisioned to be everything that American medicine is increasingly not: Kind, compassionate, and a place where anyone could feel welcome. The 50,000 patients who’ve passed through over the years would attest that his vision was fulfilled. Although it’s easy to measure the life and career of Dr. Salimi with such astonishing numbers, those that knew him best would say that the figure that best describes him is the number one. As in, that first time he greeted you with his contagious smile. That extra minute that he spent with every patient, and that one breakfast when he made his soon be daughter-in-law feel like a part of the family. One man, but an infinite amount of love and laughter. Rabbi Salimi is survived by his wife Betty, his children Ari, Gabi and Rashelle, and vast amounts of the only currency that really matters in life: respect. In that spirit, his family would like to acknowledge all of the nurses, techs and respiratory therapists at the University of Michigan Hospital who took care of him in his final days. They are particularly grateful to Rebekah, who managed to jerry-rig a portable oxygen apparatus long enough to fulfill Dr. Salimi’s wish to spend a few minutes outside of his room. Even though it was her birthday, she gave him the gift of seeing the sunshine one last time. Those that grieve him take comfort in knowing that his legacy lives on. Surviving are: wife, Betty of Fenton; three children, Ariel Salimi, Gabriel Salimi and wife, Lina, and Rashelle Salimi and husband, Marino Ruiz V; six grandchildren, Asher, Cooper, Marino VI, Alaina, Mila, and Mason; brother, Manuchehr Salimi of Iran; three sisters, Edna Malekan, Yafa Hassid, and Ilana Tabibi, all of New York; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents. Tributes may be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.