Robert "Bummer" Baldwin of Newton Falls, Ohio passed away Sunday morning, November 8th after living a very full and vibrant life.
Bummer was born on September 28, 1951 and grew up in Howland, Ohio where he graduated in 1969. He was then accepted to Kent State University where he majored in music and history for a short period while. After the Kent State shootings of 1970, Bummer went on to work for a short period at the Ravenna arsenal before getting a full time job at General Motors, where he worked for 20+ years before retiring in 2005.
Bummer embraced life throughout the years and had many stories which included attending Woodstock in 1969, being a member of a well-known Ohio band in the 70s called Freeman Sound, riding his motorcycle across the continental United States, writing a monthly column for a motorcycle magazine, and even becoming a published author with his book ("Onward Through The Fog: Conversations With Pappy"). Bummer was an avid motorcycle rights advocate and spent decades involved in ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education). He had an unmatched love of music and participated often in many open mic nights around the northeast Ohio area.
He is preceded in death by his parents George Baldwin and Alice (Armstrong) Baldwin as well as his sister Janet (Baldwin) Blair and his brother George Baldwin II. He is survived by his two sons Jason Baldwin (wife Laura, sons Dylan Baldwin and Joshua Flattery) and Benjamin Baldwin (daughters Rhiannon and Anna Baldwin); both of which retired from the Air Force and Bummer often expressed being proud of. Bummer is also survived by his siblings, his brother Charles "Chuck" Baldwin (wife Terri in Newton Falls) and his sister, Marsha (Baldwin) Smithson of Cortland.
Bummer touched the lives of many people in northeast Ohio and will be greatly missed. Although he requested no calling hours or memorial services immediately following his death a small wake to celebrate his life will be held at Faces in Newton Falls from 5pm-8pm on November 13. Later down the road, a memorial ride will be scheduled and sent out to the biker community.
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