Christopher “Chris” George Firlit, M.D., D.M.D

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Christopher “Chris” George Firlit, M.D., D.M.D., age 37 of Berkley, Michigan passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, April 3, 2020 in Novi, Michigan.  Chris was killed by the Wuhan-COVID-19 virus during the last year of his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency.  He was going to graduate from his residency in June 2020. 


Chris was born April 18, 1982 in Maywood, Illinois to Dr. George and Kathryn Firlit.  Chris was the cherished husband of Sylvie and loving father to three small children: Alexander, Viktor, and Katerina. 

An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, Chris had a love for the water.  Though he fished around the world, he cared more about spending time with his friends and family on the water than he ever did about catching fish.  He grew up excelling in swimming and baseball and maintained a love for Chicago sports throughout his life.  Chris enjoyed working with his hands, constantly building, fixing and enhancing everything.  He was most of all passionate about sharing his many hobbies and adventures with his children. 

Chris was dedicated to his work as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon.  His years-long journey to achieve this professional goal took him through several states and earned him close friends whom he considered family. 

As a physician Chris touched and healed many lives, but he was robbed of his own far too early.  He was caring and kind, inspiring and intelligent, and had an outgoing sense of humor that enlightened everyone around him.  He was steadfast in his principles—family, loyalty, and liberty.  Above all, he was loving and loved.  Chris will be dearly missed.