Henry "Hank" Bayt
90, Indianapolis, passed away April 23, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren. Henry was born on January 21, 1924 and grew up in Haughville as a member of Holy Trinity Parish on the near west side of Indianapolis. He was one of eleven children born to Antonia and Phillip A. Bayt. He has one surviving sibling, Chet Bayt.
Henry attended George Washington High School and Indiana University in Bloomington. He served his country in World War II on a Coast Guard Destroyer Escort. He worked as a computer operator at Indianapolis Power & Light Company before becoming an independent insurance agent. Henry met his wife, Santa, at a USO dance at the Indiana Roof Ballroom and they shared 63 happy years of marriage.
He is survived by his wife, Santa Constantino Bayt; children, Phillip L. ( Bonnie Gallivan), Demetrio (Terri), Tony, Jack (Rosemarie), Antonia (Roberto), Hank, Mary (Jeff) and Mike. Together, Henry and Santa helped raise Santa's sister ("Jay") Concetta's children, Mary Anne Hawkins (Tom Sarfaty), Toni Short (Frank Short), Theresa Mascari (Mike), Concetta DeFabis (Philly), Jack Hawkins (Angie), Hazel Lorah, Betty McColgan (Gary) and Gina Battiston (John). He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Catherine and Andrew Bayt, Paul and Demi Bayt, Gina, Lucia and Jack Bayt, Julian and Nadia Zunarelli and Carmela Verderame along with Nick, Antonia and Concetta Mascari, Tom Short, Concetta, Christina and Luke Lorah, Jack Hawkins Jr., Lauren McColgan, Gabriella, Isabella and Zach Battiston; and one great grandchild, Gianna Mascari.
Henry's passion was Democratic Party politics in Indianapolis. He began his political career by assisting his brother, Mayor Phillip Bayt, in the early 1950s. He served as a precinct committeeman, a deputy commissioner, Chief Deputy Auditor of the State of Indiana, a City-County Councilor, Center Township Assessor and as an employee of the Center Township Trustee before retiring from politics. He believed in service to his party and to his community. He assisted many candidates in winning elections by canvassing neighborhoods door to door to bring out the vote on Election Day. Henry and Santa hosted weekly spaghetti dinners at the family home on East Street frequently attended by elected officials and earnest candidates seeking guidance and support.
Henry was devoted to his family. He was deeply involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He traveled with his children to the World's Fair, Europe and throughout the United States to share the wonders of the world with them. He participated in all his children's and grandchildren's sports activities, rarely missing a game. He was an avid golfer and played the pro circuit before he met and married Santa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. in St. Roch Catholic Church, 3603 South Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46227. Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Daniel F.
O' Riley Funeral Home , 6107 S. East St. (US Hwy 31 South), Indianapolis, IN 46227 where morning prayers will be said on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana or Riley Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be shared with the family at orileyfuneralhome.com.