Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Cemetery: Mount Ararat Cemetery
Notes: Robert Birer, 93 Fort Lauderdale resident Robert Birer, 93, died peacefully at his home, Dec. 18, surrounded by family. Due to COVID, he was buried in a brief private ceremony attended only by members of his immediate family Mr. Birer was born July 6, 1927, in Newark, NJ, to Morris and Esther Birer of Long Island, NY. Mr. Birer served in the United States Merchant Marine, as a radio operator, during World War II. He graduated from Hempstead High School, and went on, after the War, to receive his A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill For many years Mr. Birer owned and operated commercial and residential laundries throughout the United States. He was an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, under the auspices of which he and his family traveled extensively abroad meeting cultural and business leaders. In 1974 the family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, where Mr. Birer and his wife owned and operated Charlie’s Locker, a nautical accessories business. Mr. Birer was an avid boatsman, who could navigate in both calm and rough seas. His boat “Charlies Locker” was well known throughout the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Mr. Birer is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Barbara, his brother Stanley, and by their 5 children, Randy Belnick, Kathy Cooper, Jonathan Birer, Douglas Birer and Jennifer Fishman. He is also survived by his 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Mr. Birer could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. But his proudest accomplishment was a large, close-knit, loving family. He enjoyed his family to the day of his death. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Donations may be given to charities of the donors’ choice.