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With heavy hearts and profound sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Robert Kaplan, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and a respected physician, who touched the lives of many through his remarkable dedication to medicine, love for sports, and devotion to family. Dr. Kaplan left this world on July 31, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones.

Born in Ticonderoga, New York on Feb. 1, 1948, Dr. Kaplan’s journey began with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for healing others. Throughout his life, he displayed a profound commitment to his profession, leaving an indelible mark on the medical community. As a distinguished physician, Dr. Kaplan’s expertise and compassionate care earned him the admiration and gratitude of countless patients whose lives he enriched.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dr. Kaplan was a true sports enthusiast. Whether it was cheering on his favorite teams or actively participating in various sports activities, he found joy in the camaraderie and spirit of competition.

In addition to his extraordinary achievements as a physician and his passion for sports, Dr. Kaplan had a profound and deep impact on the Orlando Jewish Community. He was an active member of Temple Israel where his commitment to his faith was evident through his selfless involvement and dedication to supporting others. Whether it was volunteering to assist with religious services or organizing and leading a minyan, Dr. Kaplan was always someone you could count on to be there. No matter what.

Above all else, Dr. Kaplan was a devoted family man. He cherished the bond he shared with his wife, Fabienne, their journey together a testament to unconditional love and commitment. As a father, he provided unwavering encouragement and guidance to his children, Joachim, Benjamin, and Dahlia, fostering in them values of integrity, compassion, and resilience. Dr. Kaplan was always there when called upon by his children, imparting wisdom and instilling a sense of pride in their achievements.

The legacy of Dr. Kaplan is one of compassion, perseverance, and love. His impact on the lives he touched will forever be remembered. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his spirit, and the values he upheld, will live on through his family and all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Dr. Kaplan is survived by his loving wife and companion of 52 years, Fabienne (Paye) Kaplan of Longwood, Florida; daughters, Dr. Dahlia (Chris) Kaplan-Regan of Lake Mary, Florida; sons, Dr. Benjamin (Alexis) Kaplan of Orlando, Florida and Joachim (Chelsea) Kaplan of Gainesville, Florida; brother, Steve (Judith) Kaplan of Long Island, New York and his cherished grandsons, Carter Kaplan and Jackson Kaplan. 

Funeral Services for Dr. Kaplan were held in the Pavilion of Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Joshua Neely of Temple Israel officiating. May he is rest in peace and may his memory always be a blessing.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to The Florida Society for Post Acute and Long-Term Care.

As we bid farewell to this exceptional man, let us remember the countless lives he touched and honor his memory by embracing the virtues he so admirably exemplified: compassion, dedication, acceptance, and the love of family. Dr. Robert Kaplan will be deeply missed, but his legacy will remain etched in our hearts forever.

Service entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 933 Lee Road, Suite 101, Orlando, Florida 407-599-1180.


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