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Daniel F. Bird

July 08, 1943 ~ February 19, 2021

Dr. Daniel F. Bird, 77, of Vero Beach Florida passed away February 19, 2021.  Although born in Alameda, California, he and his late parents, George and Frances Bird, made Greenville, Michigan their home.  Daniel graduated from Belding High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College, a Master’s degree in education and a Master’s degree of Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Barry University in Miami.  The Bird family was well known in the Belding, Greenville, and Holland communities for their Bird Blueberry Plantations and Bird Fertilizer & Grain Company, in which Daniel played a major role.  Eventually, Daniel settled in Florida and since 1994 served as Director of the Indian River State College’s Farmworker Career Development Program.  Through his work with the College and as a practicing psychotherapist, social worker, educator and businessman, Daniel had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many.  His positivity was contagious, and his passion for students’ success was unwavering.  He was widely known as a car enthusiast – particularly Porsches, agriculturist, and devoted husband.  Daniel is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dr. Neila Bird; his children Patrick (Dr. Michele) Bird; Dr. Mara Bird (Dr. Javier Sanabria);  Ryan (Christina) Bird; seven grandchildren-Gabrielle, Lucas, Bryce, Halla, Isabel, Ethan, and Coco.  Condolences may be shared online at


Tom Hanlon

February 24, 2021, 9:04 pm

One of a kind.Will truly be missed.

Vickie Trefelner

March 24, 2021, 12:23 pm

So sorry to read of Dan’s passing…he certainly was a positive force of nature, always loving his cars. But his work at IRSC is where I had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. Bird Family, please, accept my sincere condolences. And may all your fond, loving memories be forever in your hearts.

Stefanie Myers

April 22, 2021, 10:04 pm

My heart hurts. I just found out that Dan was no longer with us. He had an amazing spirit and a sense of humor that helped me keep my perspective often! He was a board member for the long term recovery organization, INTACT, that helped many people to recover from the 2004, 2005 hurricanes. He was a mentor and a friend and his long years of service to IRSC and the community will be remembered.

Kelly Fischer

August 16, 2022, 3:56 pm

I just learned of the passing of Dr. Bird, a sweet guy who always took the time to chat and help, and he will be tremendously missed. I remember how he was so willing to have a chat with my daughter as she entered college at the University of Miami. His humility and caring spirit were so touching. My condolences to Neila and the family. My he Rest In Peace.

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