The campus community continues to mourn the passing of Bob Burchell, who died on Sunday, Sept. 25. He worked in Facilities for more than 11 years and is deeply missed by his colleagues.
Bob held the position of groundskeeper II at Bucknell, where his landscaping skills benefited our beautiful campus, including the President’s House grounds. He also assisted with the setup of major University events. Bob’s coworkers describe him as a dedicated professional who took great pride in his work. He enjoyed hunting pheasant and was always willing to help anyone in need.
Included below is a complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family.
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On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Bob’s family, as well as to all who knew him at Bucknell.
John C. Bravman
It is with profound sadness the family of Robert Michael Burchell (Bob) announce his passing on Sept. 25, 2022, at age 42. Bob is survived by his wife, April; and their two daughters.
Bob grew up in Susquehanna County, where his parents, Robert and Diane Burchell, and his grandmother, Wanda Burchell, still reside. Bob and April met in high school and were together almost 25 years. Bob was the youngest of three children and is survived by two older sisters, Shannon and Melissa, and their respective families.
Bob studied landscaping at Pennsylvania College of Technology and settled near Williamsport. Bob worked as a landscaper at Bucknell University.
Despite working at Bucknell, Bob was a lifelong, passionate Syracuse Basketball fan. If you ran into Bob, there was a good chance he was wearing an SU shirt.
Bob was a fantastic cook and an amazing gardener. He had entirely green hands, not just thumbs.
Bob was the quintessential “Girl Dad.” His greatest accomplishment was being a father to the loves of his life, Lily (age 14) and Aspen (age 10). When Bob wasn’t with his human children, he could be found walking his favorite pug, Juniper Rose.
Family and nature brought joy to Bob, and his infectious laugh and mischievous grin brought joy to us. Bob’s death is a tremendous loss, but we are committed to honoring his memory. Bob was a loyal friend, employee, and family member.
You can honor Bob by writing down some of your favorite memories and/or attaching photographs as keepsakes for his daughters. Please send items to Melissa Young P.O. Box 51453 Colorado Springs, CO 80949.