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Robert A. Macar

June 19, 2019
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Bob Macar, 67, of Tampa, FL passed away on June 19, 2019. He was born in 1952, in Uniontown, PA, relocating to Tampa in 1970. A lifelong musician and band leader, Bob performed live music in various Tampa Bay area establishments between the early 1970s through the spring of 2019, including ten years with the Macar Brothers band and in family-owned jazz venues, “Smart Alex” and “Maestro’s.” The jazz album “Cosmos Kid” he co-produced with his brother Alex in 1983 received regular rotation airplay on jazz stations nationwide and reached number 16 on Billboard’s National Top 30 Jazz Chart. For the past 20 years, Bob’s 12-piece dance band SouthTown Fever performed at high profile events throughout the state. With masters degrees in Music Composition and Choral Conducting from USF, Bob also served as Music Director for over 27 years at several area Catholic Churches, including most recently the Cathedral of Saint Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. He was a former president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) local chapter. He taught at the University of Tampa’s Department of Music as an adjunct professor for the past seven years. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Alex P. and Evelyn Macar, his niece, Gina Balistreri, and cousin, Michael Postlethweight. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Robin, sons, Matthew and Kevin; sister Suzi Balistreri, brothers, Richard and wife Amy, and Alex V. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, June 25, 1:00 p.m., at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 9724 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647. A Celebration of Life reception will follow in the Venetian Room on the St. Mark campus. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made “In memory of Robert Macar for Adrenal Tumor Research” to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or www.mdanderson.org/gifts.


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