Robert A. Macar

Died: Wed., Jun. 19, 2019

Funeral Mass

1:00 PM Tue., Jun. 25, 2019
Location: St Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church

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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

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Helen and Jack Townsend
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019
Dear Robin, Matt and Kevin,
We have enjoyed Bob’s music for more than 30 years!
Sending our condolences and prayers for peace and comfort.
Sincerely, Jack and Helen Townsend

   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
My condolences to Bob's Family! I had the pleasure of singing for him at St. Jude's and he was such a nice guy. May he rest in peace. Bless!
~Courtney Elvira

Lee Venters
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Dear Robin, my deepest sympathy and love goes to you and your family. Robert will always be Bob to me. We had a great run at Maestros Jazz Club from 1985-1987. I will always hold that memory and cherish my experience of getting to know Bob and playing music with him.I wish I could be in Tampa for the service, but unfortunately,
I am unable to be there. I will be there in spirit...

Robert McCormick
   Posted Sat June 22, 2019
Bob was a terrific person and amazing musician. He will always be remembered with the highest respect. Caring thoughts to the Macar family.

Janelle Sadler
   Posted Sat June 22, 2019
I'm very saddened. Bob was a part of my early years as a singer on the beaches and he always had a positive outlook concerning how we could all improve and the new projects that could be imagined. I'll never forget seeing him up in CA when he visited every now and again, going out of his way to stop by and hear us play. He came by one of my gigs when I started playing solo guitar here and was very encouraging.
His presence in this town will be so missed and my heart goes out to the Macar family.
Here's to a life well lived, Bob. You had music, a great marriage/family and love from your friends. Rest In Paradise.

   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
Robin, Matt, Kevin - Bob was so special and he was such a positive influence in the many lives that he touched. You are all in my prayers and I hope that you will find comfort in your own wonderful memories as well as the flood of love and remembrances from others. With love and many hugs ~ Donna

Susan Merrill Wilson
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
On behalf of the entire Merrill family of Most Holy Redeemer Church, I wish to express our deep sadness on Bob's passing. He was such an important part of our worship at MHR. Although he had already left the parish, he came back at our request to do the music for the funeral Mass of our mother, Miriam Merrill, in December 2017. Rest in peace Bob, and our condolences to his family.

Joanne Dix
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
Dearest Robin, Matt & Kevin,
When I think of Bob Macar, I get a smile on my face. The man who never grew tired of his love of music, family or friends. He was a passionate, driven and honest man. Bob also had a terrific sense of humor. He had to, to work with some of us musicians. I will always remember him as a very good mentor and friend! Bob will be dearly missed.
Thank you Bob for making this world a cooler place. I hope you are at peace.

Chilian Family
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Rest assured that God (Jehovah) can provide you with the comfort and strength you need to continue on. I pray you find comfort from the following scriptures; (Psm 34:18 & Rev 21:4).

Robin Gruter
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
First, my deepest condolences for Bob’s family.
When I came from the Netherlands for my exchange year at the University of Tampa I had the honor to get piano lessons from Bob. His interest, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness has always sparked my inspiration and always made my day. Now, 2 years later I would still describe him, together with my guitar teacher and Bob’s good friend Tom, as my favorite professors.

Bob and Lillian Joyce
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
i was shocked and saddened to see in the paper Bob's passing. We first met professionally when he and his wonderful band played at my wife and my 25th wedding anniversary. From there a friendship blossomed. We would see him at events throughout the area and he always welcomed us warmly and graciously. He even allowed me to sing with his band on numerous occasions. I am not very good, but a tribute to him and his band, they even made me sound "decent." (No small feat) He will be sorely missed, but heaven gained a new band leader
Bob & Lillian Joyce

Sydney Schwartz
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
Was so saddened to see Bob's obituary in the newspaper today. We were fortunate to have had SouthTown Fever play at both of our daughters weddings. Also enjoyed listening to their music at many UCH Xmas parties in the past. Bob was a joy to work with. I remember him playing in the past for Modern Dance classes at USF. Rest in peace dear Bob.

Amanda Cohen
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
To Bob Macar’s family,

My name is Amanda Cohen and I’ve been a composition student of Mr. Macar’s for the past year at the University of Tampa. Mr. Macar was a blessing to be with and I’m grateful beyond words to have met him. You all have my condolences and my unconditional love and support.

Amanda Cohen

Basil Rodriguez
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
My condolences to the Macar family which I've known since High School
in the early seventies. I've had the pleasure of working with Bob on and off for many years. Always a gentleman, always a smile on his face, talented beyond words. truly a sad day for all of us that have been touched by him.

Basil Rodriguez

Kelly Cook
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
Dear Robin, Matthew and Kevin.

Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies for your loss. You are in our prayers and our thoughts. Know that we are sending you all our love and pray for you strength and hope and courage.


Kelly and Wayne

Sharon Allen
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
We were so sorry to hear about Bob. Our deepest condolences to his family. May you find comfort in your precious memories and the support of family and friends. May the love of the Christ bring you peace. John 6:40. We will remember Bob always in our heart. Loving thoughts and prayers.

Catherine Noyes
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
You lead us with spirit at St. Jude's Choir for a year and taught us your love for music and the purpose of the rest between the beats.... the music layers being like waves at the beach. Rest well my friend - I know you are jamming with the angels now! Peace and prayers to Robin and boys. Your dad was unique and his eyes would light up when he talked about you boys and shared funny stories with us.

Carol Oster
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
Dear Robin and boys,
God bless you all during this time of sorrow. May you find strength and comfort in each other and all of those who knew and loved Bob. Prayers to you all to remember the happy memories that you shared. Love and hugs to you, Carol and family

Joe Porter
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
To Robin, Matt, and Kevin. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bob, and want to share my condolences with the family. The bond you shared as a family was always plainly evident, and an inspiration. Having worked with him for 15 years, he made a significant mark on my musical life and experiences. He always showed his appreciation for my work, but would never let me get away with less than I had the capability to accomplish. I am grateful for having known Bob, having played music with him, and having come to know and spend time with his wonderful family.

Brian Pitts
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
Robin, I was sad to hear of Bob's passing last week. While I did not know your husband, it is obvious from these kind and loving tributes that he influenced many along his earthly journey. His mindfulness of others, hard work, and dedication to his craft, were a blessing to everyone he met. May you be comforted with your loving memories and the power of the Holy Spirit. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Brian

Christopher Wiand
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
I had the pleasure of playing drums for Bob at the 6pm Mass the past two years. He was a kind, considerate, and very funny guy. As his skills and experience were far beyond mine, he was always supportive and encouraging.

Please know that I pray for him and for your family during this time and times ahead.

Chris Wiand

Sharon Stewart
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
I was so sad to hear of Bob's passing. He was a soulful musician, a thoughtful and caring teacher, and all-around humanitarian. I "grew up" in Maestro's and Smart Alex (where I lived right around the corner), and went to high school with Rich. What a truly talented family.... and Tampa will miss this star. My sincere condolences the entire entire Macar family.

Jim Reciniello
   Posted Sat June 29, 2019
I had the pleasure of being one of Bob's section leaders at Most Holy Redeemer Church where he was a music director for a number of years. I can honestly say that he had a great impact on my musical career as well as my life by offering me different opportunities that I would not have had without his Direction. I will always remember making a couple of different CDs with him for the church and also his song which he wrote" Look for the love". My condolences to his family members and friends.

   Posted Sun June 30, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Draw close to God and he will draw close to you during this time of sorrow. James 4:8

   Posted Wed July 03, 2019
Dear Robin, Matt, and Kevin,
As parishioners of St Ann Catholic Church in Haines City, we both knew Bob, and appreciated his great talent and dedication. Tom worked as maintenance manager at St. Ann's, while Pat enjoyed being part of Bob's choir. We will miss him.
Please know that we mourn with you and all the family and friends he leaves here on earth. We will continue to pray for him, and for all of you.

Tom and Pat Smith

Robert and Darlene Leavines
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
Dear Robin, Matt and Kevin, We are so heartfelt to hear of Bob’s passing.
Please know you,Matt and Kevin are in our prayers. As neighbors for so
many years we have grown to love you all.

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