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Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home

9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

William Theodore Bayer III

August 8, 1952August 16, 2019
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In Memory of William Theodore Bayer, III

Surrounded by family, Bill left this world on Friday, August 16, 2019 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his father, William Theodore Bayer, Jr.

Born on August 8, 1952 in Rantoul, Illinois, Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Elaine Adams Bayer, Son and wife, Mitchell (M.G.) Bayer and wife Danielle; Sons Eric Bayer and Kyle Bayer; grandsons Brady Bayer and Braesyn Currie; mother Georgena Bayer, brother Chuck Bayer and wife Vicki, brother Ken Bayer and wife Maria; a nephew, nieces, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

A nationally recognized high school debate champion, Bill was also a National Merit Scholar. He graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine in 1974 and earned an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts in 1989. During his professional career, Bill worked in marketing and sales for tech companies in the Austin and Boston areas.

A man of many talents and interests, Bill enjoyed traveling, cigars, wine, and working on cars, especially British sports cars. He was an outstanding cook and some of the families’ favorite dishes that he prepared were chicken marsala, chicken parmesan and double stuffed rock Cornish game hens.

An avid camera collector and photographer, Bill provided professional quality photo services for many of his friends’ weddings as well as photographs of Boston sports teams and rock and roll bands.

Bill loved to tinker and could fix practically anything in the classic Bayer way, using his mind, duct tape and WD-40.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. David’s Round Rock Hospital for the care they provided Bill during his brief stay.

A celebration of life will be held at Cook Walden Chapel of the Hills at 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 PM.

Services

  • Catered Celebration of Life Gathering Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Jennifer Howitt

September 14, 2019

Lainey and family I am so sorry youre going through this right now. I wish there was something I could do to take the pain away. I cherish my memories of Bill but by far my favorite is how he used to wait on us during our annual Lobstah Boil. Master Bill will forever be missed. I loved getting to sit next him as he would teach me how to crack the claws and get the meat out. Like a child I was so excited to get it right and he would be so proud. This last time in May, I pulled out a perfectly intact piece of claw meat. Im glad he got to see that, silly as it sounds. We love you Bill. You will be in my heart always. Lainey Im here for you in whatever you need.

Phillip Salisbury

September 11, 2019

Dear Elaine,

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I have such fond memories of the get-togethers at your house in J.P. Great times.

I am thinking of you and your family and wishing you well during this difficult time, Phillip

Mark Wahle

September 4, 2019

Elaine and family -- So many memories of great times with you and Bill on Alveston St. You and Bill were the first people in our group to actually have a house and you were always so generous about having us over for dinners and watching all the Boston sports teams, even the Red Sox. When the Patriots were headed to their first Super Bowl in 1986, you had 2 tickets and 1 baby, so I was given the opportunity to join Bill in New Orleans. We had an amazing week even if the game didn't turn out the way we hoped. I could never thank Bill enough for letting me have the season tickets when you moved to Texas. He was always generous with his time and talents.

Thinking of you .
Mark

George Scombul

August 28, 2019

On man, so sorry to learn about the passing of BB Bill Bayer. He always treated me with dignity and respect, like family as he did when he opened his home at 27 Alveston Street to me.
I hope he did not suffer with pain, anxiety and apprehension. Glad that the kids are grown. So sorry for your loss. Hugs George

John Waggonner

August 23, 2019

Dear Elaine –

I remember Bill as being so smart, so capable, so funny. And so in love with you.

He had such an amazing intellect. I remember talking with him in New Orleans about the semiconductor industry, and thinking that he knew more about it than I ever would. And, really, pretty much on any subject: Music, electronics, baseball, car mechanics. He had a brilliant mind.

And the things he could do! You guys had the best sound system on the planet – something he set as a goal and accomplished. He trained Rocky – and loved him – so well. And he managed to wrestle that MG into a thing of beauty.

He could make me laugh like no one else could, in part because he could say the funniest things with a straight face. And he had a wonderful laugh, too.

You and Bill took me in when I had so little. I know I tried his patience often. But he was always gracious, always open, and always far more tolerant than I probably deserved. He was a good man.

And he loved you so much. I know this is a terrible time for you, and your sons, and your grandchildren. Hug them close. They are his legacy, and yours, and he lives on in them. And I will always hold Bill close in my memory.

With love,



John



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