CUMBERLAND — Robert Leon “Bridgie” Bridges, 78, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Allegany Health Nursing and Rehab Center.
Born Sept. 10, 1934, in Sunnyside to his parents, George Bridges and Elizabeth (Meyers) Bridges. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Elsie Moore and Mary Culley and brothers, George “Buck” Bridges, Ronnie Bridges and Warren Bridges.
Mr. Bridges was a member of the first graduating class of the new Mount Savage School in 1953. He was employed at Elsie and Bill Moore’s dairy farm, Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, Prichard’s Hardware Store in Frostburg, Kaiser Refractories, Pinkerton Security and Stephen Shade, from which he retired.
He was an active member of Jehovah’s Witnesses from the age of 16, until the effects of Parkinson’s Disease made it impossible. Bridgie was a quiet, compassionate man, with a great love for family and animals, particularly cats, his last two being Tasha and Ashes. He had a great sense of humor and loved “The Three Stooges.” He was well-read and knew something about everything; he was a wealth of knowledge.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years; LaVerne (Weslow) Bridges; children, Diane Williamson, of Cumberland and Michele Bennett and husband Kevin, of Cumberland; grandchildren, Emily Bennett and fiance Brandon Vance, Zachary Bennett, and Abigail Bennett; son-in-law, Harry Williamson, of Cumberland; sister, Charlotte Harden and husband Jim, of Frostburg; sister-in-law, Margaret Brid-ges, of Sunnyside; nieces and nephews, including a special niece Carol McCleaf and special nephew Albert “Bee” Culley.
Bridgie spent his last three years as a third-floor resident of the Allegany Health Nursing Center, where he received excellent care and attention. The Mountainview Terrace staff is a group of very special people who treat their patients with love and respect. We will be forever grateful to the nurses, nursing assistants, med techs, and administration for the exceptional care provided. Special thanks go out to Thiem, Viki, and Fish, his aides who became like family and to Maxine, whose daily greetings and chats made each visit easier. We could not have asked for any better support.
In accordance with his wishes, he donated his body to science and was cremated.
Friends and family will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m.
A memorial service will be held following the visitation at 6 p.m. with Mr. John Richmond as speaker.
Condolences may be sent to the family at durstfuneralhome.com.