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Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI

OBITUARY

Bayard Fratcher Lawes

February 23, 1922June 25, 2020

Bayard F. Lawes of Traverse City passed in peace at the age of 98 on June 25, 2020. Bayard was born February 23, 1922 to Ruth and Richard Lawes in Utica N.Y. and spent much of his young life in the Adirondack Mountains. After attending Michigan State University, he married Jean and served our country as part of the Armed Forces as a P51 Mustang Pilot in the 339th fighter group during WWII. After a long career in press and medical photography, he and Jean retired in Traverse City where they enjoyed Lake Leelanau and all the North has to offer.

Bayard had a knack of bringing a smile to all he met. He was a tremendously creative man that lived life to the fullest. He was a soul to be remembered and cherished as well as an exceptional husband, father, and friend. Loving father of Bayard G. (Wendy), Jennifer Peterson, Mary Lou Lawes, and David (Anita). Proud grandfather of Laurie (Adam) Stith, Audrey (Tom) Stone, Spencer Abbott, Jason Lawes, Jenna Ryan, Justin & Brandon. Great grandfather to Carly, Sam, and Owen Stone, Mateo Romaro, and Olivia and Carter Stith. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean after 65 years of marriage in 2007. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

Memorial contributions in his memory are appreciated to the Cherryland Humane Society, or Veterans organization of your choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.covelltraversecity.com for the Lawes family.

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jane broderick

July 8, 2020

Lawes Family,

You are all in our Prayers and Thoughts.
We will hold all of our special memories of Bayard in
our Hearts . He was such a Gentle Soul .
My Mom, Evelyn Shelagowski, also sends her Love and Sympathies , prayers and peace to Family.

Wayne & Jane Broderick

jane broderick

July 8, 2020

Bayard Lawes ! I met this caring and kind man through my sweet friend, Bayard's Daughter, MaryLouWho. We spent some time at his lake home with him and MLou , It was fun times I will always cherish. At my Retirement Party, Bayard and My Mom played music for us, Bayard on his Harmonica. I still have photos. Such great memories.
He was so giving and the best cook ! He was positive and we enjoyed chatting together with him. We will miss you Bayard, but we know you in in Heaven in God's Loving Arms!
Until we meet again!
Wayne & Jane Broderick
Petoskey MI

Bayard Lawes

July 8, 2020

He was my Dad.
How lucky could I be.

He devoted himself to his family and friends. Raised us kids during the most wonderful years after the war. A time when it was about family and about living with a sense of unity.

He taught me everything a father should teach a son. Hunting, fishing, exploring life to its fullest. I sometimes took life to the limits, but thats what he instilled in me and he never held me back.

His singing and whistling could sometimes drive you crazy but that was Dad. Always happy. It was hard for him to sneak up on you.

There is so much I could say but it would take years. What I can say is he gave me the most PERFECT life. He was there most generous, helping and caring person ever.

Love Ya Dad
Bayard G





Audrey Stone

July 4, 2020

Bayard was my grandpa. I’ve now started this note 4 times and scratched the words and started over. I miss him. He was a wonderful person with such a positive attitude toward life, I am convinced that’s why he lived so long. He and my grandma had a great life together and he thrived even after she passed which I think is a testament to his outlook and determination. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents as a child, whether at their house or on vacations in the VW pop up camper. I don’t know why this didn’t come to me sooner but I just realized recently that he was only 48 when I was born so no wonder they had so much energy when I was a kid! As I remember my grandpa I think of his passion for people, photography and music. Whether it was the player piano, his harmonica or his whistle, he seemed to always know the tune or the words; and while my kids today still cringe at “all the pictures” I take, I thank my grandpa for introducing me to the world of photography. Thanks to him I have a lifetime of moments captured. As some have already mentioned, he loved to tell stories about his life which was full of simple joys and great adventures. I wrote a paper about him and his time in the service during WWII as a freshman in college. I re-read it the other day and relished the memory of interviewing him for it. The sparkle in his eye then was still there just a few weeks ago when I saw him. I am so thankful my children had the opportunity to know their great grandfather; they too have memories that will last a lifetime of time at the lake. And while we will all miss my grandpa, I remain sure he’s with God and my grandma and that gives me such peace. I want to thank all of you for writing such thoughtful notes about him, he was a special guy.

William/karen Martin

June 28, 2020

So sad to hear of Bayards passing, he was truly one of a kind. He welcomed us when we bought the cottage, so friendly. He always had great stories, what a life he lived! Our children and our grand children thought he was a cool guy! The wooden boat he would work on and drive in the boat parade while taking photos was special. His driving the lawn tractor down to visit , I especially enjoyed his stories of flying a P51 mustang in the war years, stuff of movies. He will be missed by all his friends on shugart shores. We have no doubt he is now starting new adventures with the lord, rest in peace friend.

Ed Noble

June 27, 2020

The first full time photojournalist job I got was at the Royal Oak Tribune. I was introduced to my boss, Bayard Lawes.
It was my big break into the newspaper business that I had been born into. I had plenty of training but no actual experience.
Bayard was one of the two best known press photographers in the midwest. Bayard handed me the necessary equipment and plenty of encouragement. Also, never leave the water running in the photo print washer if your not working in the darkroom.
He cautioned it might overflow.
The first afternoon shift went fine. Bayard complemented me and made a couple suggestions.
I had the afternoon shift, and I was running from job to job. Bayard did it in a walk. Experience like that would take years for me .
I returned to the Tribune building after several hours of doing assignments, but something was different inside the building first floor. Too many people and lights on for 7pm.
As I entered the first floor an ad salesman was opening a draw on his desk and a gallon of water poured onto the already water covered floor . A couple other salespeople were in the same situation.
I asked what happened? No one knew me. " Some ididit in the photo department flooded the place.! Bayard is up there now."
I figured that my first job and career was less than 16 hours long.
Bayard was ringing out a mop as I approached. Ed I think I told you to never leave the water running.
You did Bayard I was careless. What can I do? Keep your mouth shut. I'll cover for you.
The Editor and our boss was determined to find the source of the costly negligence. He never did.
That was Bayard.

We became very close friends for the past 60 plus years.
I have never admired or loved a man more than Bayard Lawes.

Ed Noble

June 27, 2020

The first fulltime photojournalist job I got was at the Royal Oak Tribune. I was introduced to my boss. Bayard Lawes.
It was my big brake into the newspaper business that I had been born into. I had plenty of training but no actual experience.
Bayard was one of the two best known press photographers in the midwest. Bayard handed me the necessary equipment and plenty of encouragement. Also never leave the water running in the photo print washer if your not working in the darkroom.
He cautioned it might overflow.
The first afternoon shift went fine. Bayard complemented me and made a couple suggestions.
I had the afternoon shift and I was running from job to job. Bayard did it in a walk. Experience like that would take years for me .
I returned to the Tribune building after several hours of doing assignments but something was different inside the building first floor. Too many people and lights on for 7pm.
As I entered the first floor a ad salesman was opening a draw on his desk and a gallon of water poured onto the already water covered floor . A couple other salespeople were in the same situation.
I ask what happened? No one knew me. " some idiot in the photo department flooded the place.! Bayard is up there now."
I figured that my first job and career was less than 16 hours long.
Bayard was ringing out a mop as I approach. Ed I think I told you to never leave the water running.
You did Bayard I was careless. What can I do? Keep your mouth shut. I'll cover for you.
The Editor and our boss was determined to find the source of the costly negligence. He never did.
That was Bayard.

We became very close friends for the past 60 plus years.
I have never admired or loved a man more than Bayard Lawes

Sue Summers (Noble)

June 27, 2020

Some of my earliest memories include Bayard. He was my fathers boss then his good friend. We lived down the street from the Lawes family in Royal Oak then moved a few houses away when we moved to Rochester. I can never remember him angry. When we lived in Rochester I always knew when he was walking across the field to our house because of his whistle. I’ve never met anyone who could carry a tune like him. Bayard was a great man and I will always be grateful for his positive attitude and his power to make me smile.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY