Walter Bay Dies

Michigan horseman died June 6.

Q-Racing Journal
June 7, 2013

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Walter Bay.

Walter Bay of Clare, Michigan, died June 6 after battling cancer.

Bay, 75, was born August 27, 1937, to Glen and Helen Bay. He graduated from Clare High School and took additional business courses at Central Michigan University.

Walter married Carolyn Carter on December 13, 1960; they were married 52 years. A great supporter of his wife’s equine hobby, the two bred and raced horses under their stable name of T-Bill Stables. Their horses were lead by homebred 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 ($1,326,306), but also including Grade 1-placed Friday 123 ($141,915) and American Paint Horse Association world champion I Do One Two Three. The Bays were also involved in the group that leased Mount Pleasant Meadows in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and helping to keep it running. The Bays were inducted into the Michigan Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2010.

Walter was owner and CEO of the trucking company Tandem Transport Corp. He never retired and celebrated 42 years of service with Tandem this past March. Walter was also a board member of Harrison Lumber Company since 1979 and has served as President since 2003. Walter was a member of the Michigan Trucking Association and the American Trucking Association, working diligently to promote the interests of the trucking industry. He served as an officer of MTA from 1988 to 1993 and held the office of President in 1991 and Chairman in 1992 and 1993. He also served as State Vice President to the ATA from 1996 to 2008. He also served as a member of the Highway Police Committee and Regulatory Committee.

Walter was a dedicated Christian and member of the First Congregational Church of Harrison, Michigan, where he also served as a Trustee.

For leisure, Walter enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and assisting his wife with her business of breeding and racing horses.

Walter is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two children, Maria (Jeff) Gross and David Bay; and grandchildren, Jackson Gross, Jordan Gross, and Jeffrey J. Gross; and other family and friends.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Helen Bay.

The funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Harrison, Michigan, on Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. followed by a dinner. Reverend Ron Cook of the First Congregational Church of Harrison will be officiating. Visitation will be held at Stephenson Wyman Funeral Home in Clare on June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. and June 8 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Stephenson Wyman Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the First Congregational Church of Harrison, Michigan, or to Carolyn Bay for support of Mid Michigan Community College.

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