2011-09-03 / Obituaries

Robert Bynoe II

By Jeannette Doud

Saturday, August 20, Mackinac was saddened and shocked to hear about the untimely death of Robert H. “Robbie” Bynoe II, 43. Flags were lowered to half staff in his honor.

Robbie, the son of the late Robert H. and Judith Ann (nee Dufina) Bynoe, was graduated in 1986 from LaSalle High School in St. Ignace and in 1991 from Parks College of St. Louis University in Missouri. He has been the owner of Oak Tree Gift Shop in Mackinaw City since 1997.

Wednesday, August 24, Robbie was met at the Arnold Transit boat by six pallbearers, Chad Hoeksma, Tim Horn, Lee May, Tony Brodeur, Tony Spata, Bob Andress, and his devoted brother, Jamie, and mother, Judy. At 11 a.m., family and friends gathered at Ste. Anne’s Church to celebrate Robbie’s life. Fr. Pawel Mecwel and Fr. Jim Williams officiated at the Mass of Christian Burial.

Fr. Jim eulogized Robbie as a kind and gentle person who had many talents that he shared with family and friends. Readings were performed by his godfather, Ed Haslem, and Val Porter. Music was played by Patty Boynton, Carolyn May, Lily Porter, and Phil Porter. Robbie was laid to rest beside his father in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery as a fine mist covered the Island. A luncheon followed in Ste. Anne’s Hall.

Robbie was a “Mr. Fix-It Person.” He totally remodeled a home for his sister, Patty, last winter in Petoskey, and did extensive work on his mother’s home on Bourisaw Lane. He was a Green Bay Packers fan, like his brother, Jamie, and recently built Jamie a new snowmobile caboose in the Packers colors of green and yellow.

Robbie is survived by his mother, Judy; his brother, Jamie; three sisters and their families, Katie, Patty, and Peggy; his grandmother, Frances Bynoe of Southfield; several aunts and uncles, including Ron and Mary Dufina; three nieces, and two nephews.

Robbie will be missed by his family, friends, and his dog, Mandy. May he rest in peace.

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