Robert “Bob” Zwolak
passed March 3, 2021, just 16 days shy of his 80th birthday. Bob is survived by his beloved family, Kari (Glenn) Shepley, Robert (Carole), Andrea (aka DeeDee), Diana, and Daniel Zwolak and his cat, Trippy; his grandchildren, Richard (Brooke) and Robert Liles and Tabitha and Louie Jimenez; great-grandchildren, Carter, Carson, and Madison Liles; and his former wife Elizabeth (Betty) Zwolak. He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Zwolak and Frances Wojnar (nee Wacznyska).
Bob loved the City of Hamtramck until the very end. He is a former city clerk, city council member and served on the City Charter Commission. He was an institution within city hall, where his challenger spirit kept elected officials on their toes and was a fierce watchdog on how taxpayers’ money was spent. He continued to be a regular attendee at city council meetings, even after his elected representation ended, often having a better attendance record than some current elected officials.
Amongst his many accomplishments, he owned and operated Hamtramck Cycle, Hamtramck Motors, Panther Midwest, and published a feisty weekly newspaper called The Hamtramck Times. He worked as a traveling salesman for many years early in his career traversing the United States selling motorcycles with his stepfather, Ken Kay. Bob was honorably discharged from the Michigan Air National Guard in August of 1969.
Bob had been battling pancreatic cancer for the past 17 months and was in hospice at the time of his death. He died peacefully with his children by his side.
There will be a memorial visitation in honor of Mr. Zwolak on March 19, from 2-7 p.m. with prayers at 6 p.m., at Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home. March 19 would have been his 80th birthday.
The family has requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society in his honor. https://www.facebook.com/donate/491875181804016/
Friday, March 19, 2021 from 2 – 7 p.m.
Service 6 p.m.
Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home (map)
Hamtramck MI 48212