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“I met Bob in 1973 when I started working for PIME. He was a good friend, a caring person and always fun to be with. He will be dearly missed. I...Read More »
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Robert Charles Bayer, age 89 of Warren, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Macomb Center in Warren. He was born August 28, 1928 in Detroit, son of the late Anthony and the late Clara Bayer.

With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Robert for his service to our country during World War II as a soldier in the U.S. Army. For the sacrifices made and his willingness to stand in harm's way for the cause of freedom, we honor Robert's pride & patriotism and extend our posthumous gratitude for his brave and valiant service when his country needed him the most. Upon fulfilling his time in the military, Robert received his honorable discharge and his service will be recognized with military honors immediately following Mass at church on Monday.

For some people in life, it is quite obvious that they've been instilled with a gift. For Robert, his gift was writing. It was more than merely putting words to paper, it was the mind of an artist penning his thoughts with the same inspiration as Picasso with his brush. In his early years, Robert's writing talents would eventually be realized at three of Detroit's leading advertising agencies where he worked as a copywriter. As a special note to this time in his career, Robert was the recipient of two Umbrella Awards which recognizes ones gift in creative writing.

As his career grew and evolved, Robert was honored to have achieved the position of Editor for the Catholic Life magazine, (now renamed as P.I.M.E. World), a position he held for over 30 years. Along with his job as Editor, Robert was also the Public Relations Director for the P.I.M.E. Missionaries, a society of secular priests and lay people who dedicate their lives to missionary activities in foreign lands. Together with handling all the details and helping facilitate the P.I.M.E. Annual Interfaith Charity Awards Dinner and orchestrating their yearly multi-course golf day benefit, Robert was also quite involved in the many fundraising activities that helped support the missionary's efforts. Yet Robert's most profound and meaningful outreaches with P.I.M.E. were those that poured from his own ministerial heart. His was that of a servant and helped to touch countless lives over the years, all over the world.

Robert's wisdom ran deep and he truly knew the importance of balance, the need to make some time for yourself away from the demands of life. One of the ways he achieved that balance was seeing the world and building upon his treasured travel portfolio. Robert loved to travel and enjoyed many destinations around the globe. From exotic to tropic and everything in between, his portfolio was rife with places that were scenic splendors and wonderful memories to relive with each reminiscent visit. As for something a bit closer to home, Robert lived for each opportunity he was given to spend time at his cottage in Port Huron, Michigan. Away from the metropolitan environment of traffic and noise, he found immense solace in escaping the concrete jungle for a little rest & relaxation near the water.

Yet of all that brought Robert the most joy, it was found in his precious family and the many dear friends that surrounded his life. As the old adage states; "The greatest things in life have nothing to do with things, rather the hearts and souls of those who touch and change our lives." Robert was truly blessed to have a plethora of cherished loved ones with whom he shared life's experiences, the same of whom will treasure each reflection of how Robert touched and changed their life. Possessing an extremely giving spirit, he effected change in countless lives with his selfless generosity and heart of a servant. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Robert was the beloved son of the late Anthony and Clara Bayer. Dear brother of the late Anita (Stephen) Fredal. Loving uncle of Mark (Elizabeth) Fredal, Donna (Daniel) Jazowski, Janet (Brian) Sheeran, Patricia (Robert) Tomaszewski, Dennis Fredal, Michael Fredal, and the late Stephen (Katherine) Fredal. Also survived by many loving great nieces, nephews, and very close friends.

Visitation for Robert will be held Sunday, April 29th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren.

He will lie in state on Monday from 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Martin DePorres Catholic Church in Warren. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

Please share memories of Robert at his memory book above.