, Salem, MA

May 1, 2014

Aart Bayle, MD, 88

Beverly — Aart Bayle died peacefully at home on April 22, 2014.

Born in Rotterdam, Holland on July 11, 1925, Aart spent his teen years scavenging food for his family in Nazi-occupied Holland, later navigated the world by the stars in the Dutch merchant marines, and met his wife, Ellen while in port in New York City. They married in Holland on his 31st birthday and immigrated to New York after he graduated from medical school in 1962. They were married until Ellen's death in 2008.

Aart was a family doctor in Newburgh, N.Y., well appreciated for his willingness to treat everyone regardless of ability to pay. He enjoyed rowing and sailing on the Hudson River in an old-fashioned wooden boat. He moved to Beverly, Mass. in 1972 to work in the Emergency Department at Beverly Hospital and live closer to the ocean. He could easily be spotted riding to work and around town on his classic 3-speed Raleigh bicycle. He later worked as a physician for General Electric in Lynn. After retirement, he enjoyed looking out at the ocean, riding his bike, and reading the New York Times. He was a staunch atheist and will be extremely surprised if he wakes up to find himself in heaven.

Aart will be missed by his family: daughter, Karen Bayle and her husband, Jeff Sandler, their sons, Jacob and Benjamin; his daughter, Sarah Bayle and her daughters, Abigail, Andree, and Althea Croteau; his daughter, Deborah Bayle and Jason, his nieces and nephews, as well as his caregivers, neighbors and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial is planned at 57 Lothrop St., Beverly, on July 27 at noon. All are welcome.