Robert L. Burger of Hampden, MA, passed away on May 21 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Bob was born August 18, 1941 in Delphos, OH to Hubert and Catharine (Stallkamp) Burger and sister, Elizabeth Ann (Betty), who all predeceased him. Bob was married for 56 years to wife Beth, and leaves sons Craig, of Springfield, MA; Kevin and his wife, Brenda, of New Albany, OH; Todd and his wife, Rachael, and granddaughter, Reese, of Rochester, MA, and grandson of his heart, Kelcey Robertson, along with a niece, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Bob devoted his life to his family, career, and local politics. He began his career with Mass Mutual in Fort Wayne, IN and this career eventually led him to the home office in Springfield, MA. Bob worked for Mass Mutual for 38 years, and his role, which required much travel, led to his seeing much of this great country (he often spoke of his travels allowing him to experience nearly every Major League Baseball ballpark).
Bob lived in Hampden, MA for over 50 years where he was a proud member of the community and made many dear friends. He was very active in town government, serving first on the sidewalk committee in the early 70s, eventually serving multiple terms on the town’s Board of Selectmen, and ending on the building committee for the new Minnechaug Regional High School.
Bob had a lifelong love of sports, including auto racing (just ask Beth about a dirt track race and a white sundress), golf (as part of a weekly golf group spanning over 20 years), and all team sports (his love for the New York Yankees never waned, to the chagrin of some in his family – thank goodness the Red Sox broke the curse!). This love of sports and family extended to his involvement in coaching his sons’ teams in baseball and soccer (despite not knowing a thing about soccer previously).
We remember Bob’s ready smile, quick jokes, and his many stories (oh, the stories) – he never met a stranger. Bob lost many of these memories due to the ravages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, but those close to him will never forget.
Bob’s family appreciates the loving concern he received at Memory Café at the Hampden Senior Center, years of care at East Village Place in East Longmeadow, and the kindness shown him and his family during this time of pandemic and hospitalization. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memory Café – Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen Street, Hampden, MA 01036 in support of those who suffer from this dreadful disease.
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