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Robert F. Burchard

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Robert F. Burchard Obituary
Robert F. Birdie Burchard, 53, of Canton, formerly of Brockton, died unexpectedly on Feb. 13, at Massachusetts General Hospital. Beloved husband of Mary Ellen (Cormier). Devoted father of Abigail W. and Sadie D. both of Canton. Loving son of Mary L. Burchard (Cashin) of Weston and the late Joseph Burchard. Brother of the late William Burchard. Brother- in-law of Sue Burchard of Weston. Uncle of Molly and Joe Burchard of Weston. Bob was a graduate of Brockton High School class of 79. A fixture on the ball fields of Brockton as a youth, Bobs passion for sports continued throughout his life. He attended Bowdoin College, class of 1983, majoring in Economics. It was at Bowdoin where he joined Beta Theta Pi and developed lifelong friendships. In 1993 Bob began working along side his cherished brother Billy at Fast Forwarding Inc., a nationwide freight forwarding and transportation company. Following Billys untimely death, Bob chaired The Billy Burchard Foundation focusing on a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Bob has been President of Fast Forwarding for the past 8 years. He married the love of his life, Mary Ellen in December of 1996 and together raised two daughters whom he adored. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends. Bob was a kind, compassionate, and generous guy, who always put the interests of others before his own. He loved to laugh, cook, play and watch all types of sports, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. Bob will be truly missed by all, yet he will continue to live in our hearts through the countless stories and unbelievable adventures he experienced. Visiting hours were at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington St., Canton, Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4 - 8 pm. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gerard Majella Church in Canton on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10. Burial Canton Corner Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bobs name to the Mass General Transplant Center. https://secure.massgeneral.org/transplant-center. For guest book please visit www.dockrayandthomasfuneral home.com. 781 828-0811

Published in The Stoughton Journal from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, 2014
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