Note: *K-W Record Tuesday March 28, 1964* Robert T. (Bobby) Bauer, one-time hockey great with the famed Kraut Line of the Boston Bruins, died today at K-W Hospital. He was 49. Death of the diminutive man, who gained widespread admiration both as a hockey player and a coach, followed a seReis of heart attacks. He suffered the first seizure at Westmount Golf Club Saturday. Mr. Bauer lived with his wife and two sons on Glasgow Road. Bobby, a businessman in recent years, had been closely connected with hockey all his life. He was born in Waterloo a son of Mrs. Edgar Bauer, and the late Edgar Bauer, and began his hockey career in the Twin Cities minor hockey organization. During his early days in Kitchener he played with Schmidt and Dumart, a threesome that was to be teamed up in later years as the Kraut Line, one of the most potent scoring lines big time hockey has ever seen. Bobby was the last of the three to make the step to the NHL, arriving for the last game of the 1936-37 season with Boston. He never looked back. Before his career had taken him from Trail Rangers and Texas league teams and Holy Name of the twin city junior league. After this he played with St. Michael's juniors and in 1935-36 with the Kitchener Junior Club that won the Ontario Hockey Associations Junior A title. Toronto Maple Leafs had a chance to gain his services at one time, but through a slip-up in their minor setup he was lost to the Bruins. In 1935 he trained with the Bruins, then was farmed to the Boston Cubs, along with Porky Dumart. The next season at Providence, Bobby and Porky were joined by Milt Schmidt and it was the beginning of the famous line. After Bobby joined the others with the Bruins at the end of the 1936-37 season, they played together as a line until all three joined the RCAF in 1942. Together they played with the Ottawa RCAF team that won the Allan Cup, emblematic of Canadian Senior hockey supremacy in 1942. He later served overseas. After the Second World War Bobby returned to the NHL with the Bruins for two seasons, winning a berth on the all star team his first year back. It was the fourth time he had been named an all-star. He also won the Lady Byng trophy as the league's most valuable player three times. After leaving the NHL he went into business for a time with his father-in-law, Roy Bauer at the Bauer Skate Company in Kitchener. At the time of his death he was part owner of Grey Electronics in Guelph and the Three-Star Hockey Stick Company in Breslau. The end of his NHL career was not by any means the end of his association with hockey. In the 1947-48 season, after briefly coaching Guelph's Junior A Biltmores, he returned as a player with the newly organized Kitchener Flying Dutchmen and stayed with them for three seasons in which they reached the OHA finals. In later years he was manager, coach and finally president of the team. Surviving are his wife, the former Marguerite Bauer; whom he married in 1941; two sons, Robert and Bradley at home; his mother, Mrs. Edgar J. Bauer of Kitchener; five brothers, Frank, Raymond and Jerome of Waterloo; Eugene of Kitchener and Rev. David Bauer of Vancouver, who coached Canada's last entry in World Hockey Championships; five sisters, Mrs. Edward (Mary) Freiburger of Kitchener; Mrs. Cecil (Alice) Schmalz of Preston; Mrs. James (Rita) Huck of R.R 4 Kitchener; Mrs. Thomas (Theresa) Dillon of New York City; and Mrs. Joseph (Margaret) Laudenbach of Montreal. He was predeceased by his father, the late Edgar J. Bauer. The body is at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home where a service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday by Rev J.H.Getz of Calvary EUB Church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.
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