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Frank Michael "Mickey" Toperzer, Jr, aged 82, passed away on October 12, 2013 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, MD. He had lived in the Washington, DC area for 52 years, and made immeasurable contributions to the local music scene. Mickey taught music and served as a band director in Washington, DC and Montgomery County Public Schools for 10 years (1954-1964). He was also the founder of Drums Unlimited, Inc., a retail store in Bethesda, MD (1962-1996). Mickey played drums with many local music groups, including the National Symphony Orchestra, and alongside such luminaries as Tony Bennett and Pearl Bailey. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Mickey spent most of his childhood in Medford, Massachusetts. Mickey received his bachelor's degree from the Boston University College of Music. Mickey is survived by his wife, Shirley MacMillan Toperzer; his sister, Sally Bova; and his son, Frank Michael Toperzer III; along with four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many friends.A memorial gathering will be convened at Bedford Court in the activity room, 3700 International Drive, Silver Spring, MD on October 20, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to your favored arts organization or theatre.

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Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2013.
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November 6, 2013
mrs. t.: so sorry to hear about mickey.... god bless you and your family.

gene sittenfeld
November 1, 2013
Dear Shirley,
We are very saddened with Mickey's passing. Tello and I have treasured your friendships all these many decades. The Mick will be missed by many of us. Shirley you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time for you and your family. Love, Tello and Gail
Otello and Gail Meucci
October 18, 2013
To Shirley and Michael,
Debra and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and family. I have lost a great friend.
Fred Irby,III
Howard University
October 17, 2013

Sincere condolences on the lost of your beloved husband Frank. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Betsy and Noel McCormack
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