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Robert E. LaJoie

January 13, 1925 October 27, 2017
Robert E. LaJoie
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Obituary for Robert E. LaJoie

Robert Ernest LaJoie of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Birmingham, Michigan, died October 27, 2017 in Sarasota. He was 92 years old. Robert was born January 13, 1925 in Detroit to Judge Ernest Philip and Jane (nee Murphy) LaJoie.

Robert proudly served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during WWII and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1948. He was the co-founder of the Sign of the Beefcarver restaurants in the Detroit area and was president of the Michigan Restaurant Association in 1971. He was also an active partner in several oil and gas drilling ventures in Texas.

Robert was a member of St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Sarasota, Florida and Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Michigan.

A legacy of kindness, fairness, and honesty will continue to inspire all who knew Robert. He will be deeply missed.

Robert is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 32 years, Iris, daughter, Kate LaJoie, son, Robert E. (Pauline) LaJoie II, granddaughter, Julie (Douglas) Bauman, great-granddaughters, Annie, Lily, and Betsy Bauman and several nieces, nephews, and their children. He is also survived by Iris’ daughters, Stacey (Mark) Levy and Jody Kaufman and grandchildren, Jourdan (John) Bizanes and Joshua Levy. Robert is preceded in death by his siblings, Jean Fisher, Rosemary Joliat, and Dr. Louis LaJoie.

A private burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.

Memorials may be made to the University of Detroit High School, 8400 S. Cambridge, Detroit, Michigan 48221.

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