Renowned Architect Irving Tobocman Dies in Bloomfield Township Car Crash

Irving Tobocman

Funeral services for renowned local architect Irving Tobocman, who was known for his sleek, contemporary designs,is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield. He was 84.

Tobocman, who was considered ahead of his times, designed commercial and residential buildings throughout Oakland County. About 450 homes and buildings he designed are now considered timeless masterpieces, reports Taryn Asher of Fox 2. 

He died Friday in a car crash on Telegraph in Bloomfield Township. Two 16-year-old girls were heading north on Telegraph  and ran a red light at Lone Pine, striking Tobocman who was headed west.

His son and daugther, David and Susan Tobocman, let FOX 2 inside his Birmingham home to give a glimpse into his world.

"He creates places people live in over time," son David Tobocman told Fox 2.

"We both knew he would work until the day he died," said Susan, his daughter. "Of course we expected him to live much longer."

He carried about four dozen handwritten jokes in his wallet.

"So he could recant them at a moment's notice," Susan said. "Because he was so funny, he loved to make people laugh."

Read more:  Fox 2

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