Joseph Robert Bayer

May 28, 1941December 26, 2012

Bayer , Joseph Robert We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Joseph on 27 December 2012 in his 72nd year. Born in Vancouver B.C. Joseph was a prominent figure on the Vancouver classical music scene for over 50 years as teacher, pianist and adjudicator. A long standing member of the B. C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association and a retired member of the National Professional Music Teachers’ Association, he was highly regarded by his colleagues for his immense talent, his professional integrity, and his ever courteous and thoughtful demeanor. Generations of music students, many of whom went on to established distinguished careers of their own in teaching or performing arts, benefitted immensely from his deep knowledge, his gentle guidance and his unfailing dedication to excellence. Outside music, Joseph travelled extensively, golfed erratically, and took much pleasure in the challenge of a good cross-word puzzle. Predeceased by his father, Joseph, his mother Janet and his brother Bernard, he is survived by his brother James, his sister-in-law Mavis, his niece Briony, and nephews Oliver, Alexander and Baxter. He was also proud to be “Great Uncle” to six nieces and nephews, all of whom placed heavy intonation on the word “Great” when addressing their uncle - at Joseph’s direction. His loyalty to family and friends, his generosity and irrepressible sense of humour made him a special person who approached life on his own terms with wit, grace, and unflappability. His sudden passing leaves an unfillable void in the lives of so many. A Memorial mass will be celebrated at 1:00 on Tuesday, January 8 at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 6610 Balmoral St., South Burnaby, B.C. A reception will follow at the Church. Condolences may be offered at In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Sally Abbott (Hossack)

February 2, 2013

Oh my Goodness, I am so very saddened and shocked to hear of Joe's passing. He was my teacher for many years when I was a child, but was so very much more than simply a teacher. His gentle humor and quiet, yet determined demeanor helped me to continue playing through those difficult teenage years and pushed me to begin teaching at 16 and continuing right up to present day, age 60. Oh, Joe, you were so patient with me - thank you so much. I am so sad knowing you're no longer in the world.

Robert Guo

January 18, 2013

My family and I will remember Joseph as the finest piano teacher we ever known. Joseph started teaching me only 9 month ago but it was a very nice experience. RIP Joseph- the best piano teacher

Ralph Hedges

January 15, 2013

Joseph was a wonderful, loving person and we will miss him so much...!

Jammy Smith

January 7, 2013

Dear Bayer Family

I am very sorry and sad to hear Mr.Joseph Bayer passed away. Here, I want to express my very sincere and heartfelt condolence. I was a piano student of Mr. Bayer. Back then, about year 2000, I was a new immigrant to Canada and a woman who wanted to become a piano teacher, I was fortunate to meet him and become one of his students. I was helped and encouraged to pursue my dream in music. It was not easy for an adult student. Under his instruction, I finished my associate and licentiate diploma examination. Then, I still continued to take piano lessons with him until about 3 years ago. I still remember how my son crawled around and under his piano while I was having my lesson. I was very grateful for what he has done for me and how he helped me to set up my career in piano teaching. He also inspired me to be an active teacher in the community which I am doing it now.

Please know that he will always be missed and will remain as my most important piano teacher in my memory.

Tony Bayer

January 6, 2013

Dear Jim, Mavis & family, I am saddened to hear of Joe passing away. Joe to me was not just a relative but a good friend. We first met in Regina about 1943 or ‘44 when Joe and his Mother Janet came to visit us. Through the years we kept in contact. Joe and his father would often visit us in Regina or we would visit in Vancouver. Joe and I would normally find solutions to the world problems at the local tavern. During the later years we would communicate via email and by the content of the mail it would appear that we never really grew up, we stayed young. I am sure Joe now has all the answers and feels great.
Tony Bayer

Winfried (Win) Rompf

January 6, 2013

Dear Bayer Family
I want to take this opportunity to express my very sincere and heartfelt condolence at the passing of a dear friend, Joseph. My first encounter with him was a very long time ago, when he and I were the joint winners at a Burnaby Clef Society Festival. The exact year escapes me, but I have been a fond friend ever since. My children took lessons from him and we did talk often together about many different aspects of our mutual love for music, the piano and teaching. Please know that he will always remain a dear friend in my memory.

Blessings on you and the entire Bayer family!