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Ron Bera

The Fredric, Rock Garden and Garden (Keyboards) (Classical pianist and organist) (RIP)

Fredric - Courtesy Matt Weber

Fredric – Courtesy Matt Weber

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 Fredric/Tommy James at Aquinas

Fredric/Tommy James at Aquinas

Fredric - Courtesy Matt Weber

Fredric – Courtesy Matt Weber

Ron Bera, aged 56, formerly of Grand Rapids, died peacefully in Bonita Springs, FL on February 11, 2007 following a battle with cancer. Ron was preceded in death by his father, H. Ozro Bera, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Anita Bera of Port Richey, FL; brother, Roger (Cindy) Bera of East Grand Rapids; nieces, Stephanie (Dwight) Meston, Alison (Dean) Cappallazzo, Kate Bera; nephew, Matthew (Terrie) Bera; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ron attended Oberlin College and Mary Grove University and was employed as the Director of Music at Saint Leo Catholic Church in Bonita Springs, FL. Funeral Mass and burial were help on February 14, 2007 in Bonita Springs.

I can’t believe Ron died. I hung with him for a couple years – ’70-’72 I think it was. Beyond his work with The Fredric, Rock Garden and Garden, he was an incredibly talented classical pianist and organist. We’d sneak into the organ loft at Aquinas after hours, lock the door, get a little buzzed and he’d sit down and play. LOUD. I think I still have some tapes I made of him playing the piano in our “garden apartment” at Wealthy and College SE. He was a great man who will be missed. Dave Morey

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