Athletic director dies after battle with cancer

Longtime Grand Haven educator and athletic director Robin Bye, 56, died Saturday following a year and a half battle with cancer.
Becky Vargo
Apr 13, 2014

A crisis team will be in place Monday to support staff and students who connected with the man who spent more than 34 years in the Grand Haven school system.

Both staff and students district-wide are encouraged to wear purple on Monday in honor of Bye.

“Robin was an incredible person, educator and leader in our district,” said Superintendent Keith Konarska. “It goes without saying that we are devastated by his loss.”

Bye served as an art teacher, basketball coach, driver’s training instructor, assistant athletic director, as well as the head athletic director.

He was honored in 2013 as the recipient of the district’s “Spirit of Grand Haven” award given to an employee who has demonstrated incredible commitment and dedication to Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Konarska said.

“Robin has been an incredible example to many around our district,” said GHHS Principal Tracy Wilson. “He was and continues to be an inspiration.”

Bye is survived by his wife, Kathy; and children Erik and Alicia.

Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the GHHS Auxiliary Gymnasium. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Covenant Life Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.



This is a devastating loss to the Bye family, Robin's many friends, and the community. A talented artist, committed to his family, his community, Grand Haven schools, and his students, and an all-around great guy, his memory will be a beacon to many. I wish my most heartfelt condolences to the Bye family.


My heart goes out to the Bye family. Mr. Bye was my elementary art teacher, and was quite the inspiration. The day he choose my submission for a banner project was one of my most cherished school memories. What a loss for future students who won't have the opportunity to know him.


The world lost a great man way to soon. So sorry Kathy and kids. Celebrate his life.

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