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Robert "Bob" Tell

Robert "Bob" Tell, 83, of Novi, Michigan, died on 06 June 2020.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE on Wednesday, 10 June 2020 at 1:00 PM .

Rabbi Mark Miller and Cantor Rachel Gottlieb Kalmowitz officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

Zoom Shiva at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday for all family and friends to attend. Click here for a link to the zoom shiva. Meeting ID: 823 3425 0337

Robert (Bob) Tell, 83, of Novi, Michigan passed away on June 6, 2020 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Bob was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in 1937, while the Dodgers were still in town. Ebbets Field was his temple and "the boys of summer" were his heroes. He attended James Madison High School and received a BA in English from Long Island University. He then went on to earn a MA in Hospital Administration from Columbia University.

After a one-year residency at Beth Israel Hospital he was recruited in 1963 to Sinai Hospital of Detroit as assistant administrator. Later, Bob joined the Greater Detroit Area Health Council where he contributed to a strategic vision for hospitals and health care systems across the Detroit metropolitan area. At that time, with a young family, Bob and Elaine first joined Temple Beth El in Detroit.

After several years as the CEO of Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, he returned to Detroit and established a Fortune Personnel Consultants Franchise, recruiting and placing top doctors and other medical professionals in key healthcare organizations across the country. Upon returning to Detroit, Bob was active in the community, including Jewish Vocational Services, the Small Business Association SCORE, and helped bring a senior transportation program to the Detroit area.

But Bob’s dream was always to be a writer. Throughout his life he wrote poetry and prose, but it was in retirement, beginning with Dementia Diary, that he was able to devote significant time to pursue his passion. Nine books and several awards later, his Harry Grouch series of detective novels continue to generate a devoted following, and his book Thirsty Planet has received numerous awards and has been translated into several languages globally.

In retirement, Bob and Elaine wintered in Boynton Beach, Florida. In addition to writing, Bob’s passions in life included travel, hiking, golf, politics and his cherished ROMEO burger club. He loved word play and puns.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Elaine Fritz Tell; daughter and son-in-law Celeste Tell and Jim Fair of Seattle, Washington; son and daughter-in-law Perry Tell and Elizabeth Wen Tell of Danville, California; and son and daughter-in-law Brian Tell and Rachel Egherman of Ypsilanti, Michigan; five grandsons, Dan and Sam Fair, Julien, Eli and Dylan Tell; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sandy (Fritz) and Jay Goodman of East Lansing, Michigan. He leaves behind many beloved colleagues and friends.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 36.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Robert "Bob" Tell may do so by making a contribution to:

Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
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Karmanos Cancer Institute
4100 John R.
Mailcode: NCO6DS
Detroit, MI 48201
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Henry Ford Hospice
1 Ford Place, #5A
Detroit, MI 48202-9941
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JVS Human Services
29699 Southfield Road
Southfield, MI 48076
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