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“Cousin Bob taught me to outline in black and never to color outside the lines. RIP ”
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“When I first met Bob at TSA, he always seem to have a laugh or smile to anything that was going around him. Never gossip or said anything bad about...Read More »
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“Sorry for your families loss, in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time ! ”
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Robert Stanley Kolec, age 77 of Southgate, died Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He was born February 19, 1941 in Hamtramck, son of the late Stanley and the late Mary (nee: Romanowski) Kolec.

Soon after graduating from high school, Robert felt a call upon his heart to be a part of what was going on overseas. So he made the very adult decision to enlist in the war effort and join his fellow countrymen as they embarked upon their duties in the armed forces. So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Robert for his service to our country during the Vietnam War as a sailor in the United States Navy. Stationed in San Diego, California, Robert's tours of duty took him to such places as Guam and Hawaii, amongst other destinations throughout his time in the military. For his willingness to stand in harm's way, and for answering the call of patriotism by standing with his fellow sailor, we honor his service and bravery and extend our posthumous gratitude for a job well done!

Following his return from military service, Robert eventually enrolled himself at Lawrence Technological University where he embarked upon an education in the field of electrical engineering. After four years of hitting the books, pouring himself into his studies, and applying the finer points of his disciplined nature, Robert was proud to join his fellow graduates as he received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Like many men, one of Robert's favorite escapes was found in the world of sports. He wasn't real picky and was happy to partake of most anything that fed his sporting appetite. But if he was to pick a favorite, there was no question that it was college football,…and no mystery that the "Maize & Blue" from the University of Michigan held sway in any competition.

Yet of all the pleasures away from the job that he enjoyed the most, the times and moments spent with his children were truly the highlight of his life. He loved showing up and being a part of whatever was going on in their lives. From coaching a neighborhood basketball team that his son Rob played on,…to supporting his daughter Kim at all of her high school volleyball games (of which he never missed-a-one),…to helping his daughter Sherry by driving her to the various Art Fairs, Exhibits and competitions so she could display and sell her artwork, Robert was truly a Dad who was engaged, interested, and in touch with his children's lives and what was important to them.

Indeed, a dedicated and devout family man, Robert was a great provider and always found a way to take care of his loved ones,…even when the times got a bit tough. Through rain or shine, Robert was there with a strength and determination that rivaled the best of Dad's out there. He will surely be missed.

Robert was the loving husband of Jean, and dear father of Robert Kolec, Sherry Kolec, and Kimberly Kolec.

Visitation for Robert will be held Sunday, March 11th from 2-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

He will lie in state on Monday from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier Road, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Alzheimer's Association of Michigan, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033 (

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