February 12 , 1946 - July 19 , 2021
Robert Joseph Cardinal
American Hero Robert J. Cardinal, 75, of the "beautiful and where the sun always shines" South Rockwood, MI passed away on July 19, 2021. He was born on February 12, 1946, in Dearborn, MI, and is preceded by his parents Joseph and Sylvia Cardinal. Robert is survived by his "dream date" Sandy (City) Cardinal, wife of 45 years, his loving children Robert (Rachel) Joseph Cardinal Jr. and Kyle Joseph Cardinal, his sisters Carol Gannon and Cynthia Weldon, and matriarch Aunt Victoria (Doris) Wolak, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The Birdman made his career as a firefighter with the Dearborn Fire Department for 30 years, 5 months and 1 day. He was a loving and attentive husband and father. His "hooks" grandson and namesake Robert Joseph Cardinal III, grandson Everett Thomas Cardinal, and his grand dog Jep treasured him dearly.
Birdie was a proud Vietnam Naval Veteran. He received the Air Medal (First Strike/ Flight Award), Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam gallantry Unit citation, Republic of Vietnam campaign medal and Honorable Discharge Button. He was a member of the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of American, and Local 412 Dearborn Firefighters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Local 412 Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive.
He will be laid to his eternal R&R with honors, at the Great Lakes Nation Cemetery in Holly, MI on Thursday the 29th of July at 10am.
I never knew your family member, I just wanted to say Thank you Sir for your service to our country. RIP. Dawn Karls
Rob was the best next door neighbor anyone could ask for. He treated my brother and I as if we were just another one of his kids. My 30 year old son Allen even remembers Rob taking him kayaking when he was about 12 years old. He was that guy. Thank you Rob for allowing us the privilege to know you. The world will never be the same without you in it. Julie Julie Tink
Our deepest Condolences. What a lovely tribute. Pete and I are glad we were able to meet Rob. He was so nice and left a lasting impression, and sounds like he did in his life. Prayers for the family, and especially you Sandy Pete h& Sandee Cardinal
Dear Sandy and family, I am so, so very sad to hear of Birdie's passing. He was just a wonderful, upbeat and loveable guy. I know you will miss his laughter and bright smile. Birdie had a way of making everyone feel special and he was so very happy to see you. Get togethers with classmates will not be the same without him. He will be very much missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to the family. Shirley Dein
I’m at a loss for words.. so much I can say about this man.. he was a 2nd father to me and my brothers.. He would bring the fire truck home and let me and Kyle play in it.. fed me my first lobster tail Hussein Fawaz
Sandy, John and I want to express our sincere condolences. We can not imagine the grief you and your family must feel with such a loss. We hope that you can find peace during this time and later joy through all the happy memories you both had together. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Renee and John Reptsis