In memoriam: Rob Cedar, Activist

I was very saddened to hear the news that Rob Cedar passed on Monday, March 4, 2007. I briefly worked with Rob during the last stages of the campaign to shut down the Hamtramck medical waste incinerator in 2005. Rob was a very kind, gentle person, and a dedicated environmental justice advocate. He helped organize the Hamtramck Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and served on city council. Like many unnamed local community activists, Rob’s work is what maintains and strengthens the integrity of our communities. May he rest in peace.

Rob at a demonstration to shut the Hamtramck medical waste incinerator. Photo by ACCESS.

UPDATE: Information about Rob’s memorial service.

A memorial in Rob’s memory will be held on April 1, 2007 at the
Knights of Columbus Hall on Connant in Hamtramck starting at 2 pm.

There will be a potluck dinner and all will have a chance to
remember and reflect on this good man’s contribution to his city. In
such a short time, he did so much.


  1. Michael Cedar

    I just want to thank you for your comment on my father. Thank you.



  2. Rob Cedar will be missed.
    He was a quiet man who got things done and was never mean or offensive in the process.
    He cared about the environment and tried to help the cats who needed a home in Hamtramck.
    Too many of us are intolerant and full of judgment and hate.
    Rob was just the opposite.
    The current council is in disarray and have personal agendas.
    Rob was just the opposite.
    Rob Cedar will be missed.

  3. It’s been 6 months since Rob Cedar died and his common sense and ability to work with and for others is already sorely missed in Hamtramck, MI politics.
    The present council (all of them) are lost and in it for the wrong reasons.
    They say one thing at one time and do another at another time and not for the right reasons.
    Rob Cedar’s Memorial Tree was not properly watered and maintained and less than three months after it was planted, it was brown and withered.
    So much for all the words spoken by city officials at the planting.
    So, yes, Rob’s reputation for honesty and getting the job done all the way to the finish is missed.
    Most of the other flowerbeds and shrubs planted the same day as the memorial tree are also withered and brown. These are plants that were to be maintained by the city.
    So there was nothing wrong with the memorial tree or the other trees and flowers planted that daily care by the city would have taken care of.
    When a paycheck is issued the work should be done without obvious excuses by those in charge.
    Not a good sign for the future if this is an indication.

  4. Julia Rendziuk

    Hello Peter. My name is Julia Rendziuk. I was looking for relatives online and came across your heartfelt comment for you friend, Rob. Our last name is not common as I’m sure you know. Would you please contact me? I live in NY. I would really like to talk to you. Til then, I wish you peace. Julia

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