Family Login:

Share This Obituary

Send Flowers

Memories & Candles

“Walt will be and has been missed by the gang at the bakery. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Cundy Smelter - Trenton, MI

“We send our sincere condolences to Nancy, Gary, Gail and Laura in the loss of their father, father-in-law and grandfather. We were neighbors of Walt...Read More ยป
2 of 4 | Posted by: Joe & Carol Peterson - Brighton, MI

“So sorry to hear that your dad passed away, he was a great volunteer and a very generous supporter of the Trenton Goodfellows ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Trish Gearhart - Trenton, MI

“Gary and Nancy, so very sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you!Robin ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Robin Vizachero - Trenton, MI

Walter M. Bavaird; age 94, April 24, 2018, longtime resident of Trenton and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Trenton. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy. Loving father of Nancy Whyte and Gary (Gail) Bavaird. Dearest grandfather of Laura Bavaird. Walter was born January 18, 1924 in Glasgow, Scotland. At 6 months old he boarded a ship with his mother Mary, sister Isabelle and brother Francis. He headed off to America to join his dad (David) who came over to America earlier to find work. David found employment at Detroit Edison. Walter was very involved as a boy with First Presbyterian Church when it was located on Cherry Street in Trenton and later as it moved to West Road. While attending Trenton High School,Walter was a track star, played basketball and football. During Walter's senior year his father passed away and he needed to find work to support the family. He worked at Firestone Steel Products as a switchboard operator after school. Walter also worked at Elliott's Bakery as a young man. (After he retired, he would spend many hours enjoying a muffin and coffee with his friend, Cal Isselhardt, and the gang.) After high school he went to work at Willow Run Bomber Plant building B-24 Bombers -- a plane that he would soon be on board as a Belly Gunner in WWII as a member of the Army Air Corp. After the war, Walter followed in his father's footsteps and went to work at Detroit Edison-Trenton Channel Power Plant. He started out at the bottom and with continued education worked his way to a Supervisory position. When Walter reached 62, his wife, Dorothy, said, "Walt, it's time to retire". Being a good husband he said, yes dear and the two of them began to see the world together. After Dorothy passed in 2001, Walter went back to his roots and began baking. He would deliver cookies to shut-ins, friends and family. He loved to bake. Walt was twice named "Senior of the Year" in Trenton and the 2017 Co-Grand Marshal of the Trenton Memorial Day Parade with his buddy Cal Isselhardt.
Those wishing to make a contribution in memory of Walter are asked to consider the following:
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton-2799 West Road, Trenton MI, 48183
Michigan Disabled American Veterans-Ann Arbor VA Medical Center 2215 Fuller Road, Room B644, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Trustbridge Hospice Foundation 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
A Memorial service will be planned at a later date at the First Presbyterian Church of Trenton.

Upcoming Funeral Services
A Memorial Service Is Being Planned For A Later Date

First Presbyterian Church

2799 West Rd. Trenton, MI 48183
(734) 676-1510