MICHALIK ROBERT PETER A native of Detroit, Bob was born on the West Side, graduated from St. Andrews High School and earned a B.S. from Lawrence Institute of Technology. After serving his country as a medic in the US Air Force he became a servant to the city he loved, first as a policeman and then as a fireman, serving for over 37 years and retiring as the Fire Marshal. Affectionately known as the "Chief" he became an institution as one of the longest serving Fire Marshals of Detroit. In that role, he led the department to make it more results oriented, with a customer first culture. His passion for his city was only eclipsed by his love for his family. The oldest son of John and Chesterella, he is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Cecilia, identical twin sons, Christian (Kimberly) and Robert (Angela) and six beloved grandchildren: Henry, John, Claire, Peter, Luke and Matthew. He also leaves behind three loving sisters: Loretta (Edward) Gasiorek, Barbara Rudoni and Alice (Floyd) Underwood, one brother, Thomas (Virginia) , sister-in-law Mary Ann (Fred) Osterbeck and brother-in-law Paul (Rose) Wagner and many wonderful nieces and nephews. The viewing will be at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth this Thursday (November 29, 2012) from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 2-8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Detroit Catholic Central High School, 27225 Wixom Rd, Novi, visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass. A Rosary service will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. In Lieu of Flowers please send Memorial gifts in Memory of Robert Peter Michalik to: Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, Attn: Troy Finn, 1150 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10032 or on-line at https://secure.cumc.columbia.edu/naomiberrie/nbGiving.html. Memories at schrader-howell.com.
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We or sorry to hear about your loss, you our in our thoughts, God Bless. Sal Aiello and Family.
I am so very sad to hear of the loss of Bob. I shall cherish the wonderful memories of the time spent with him and with his family.
I went to and graduated from St. Andrew High School and knew Loretta. Sorry for the loss of your husband, father and brother.
It was with great sadness that Jim and I learned of Bob's passing. You, Cecilia, Bob and the boys are in our prayers. Jim and Sharon Grenier