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Robert P. Burdin (1954-2020)

Robert P. Burdin

AVON - Robert P. Burdin, 66, our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, passed away unexpectedly on his birthday, Jan. 4, 2020.

He and his twin brother, Richard, were born in Skowhegan on Jan. 4, 1954, to Malcolm and Eleanor Burdin. He received his education from Strong Elementary, Mt. Abram and Mt Blue high schools. Bobby started his adult life haying fields and farm work, landing a job at the first McDonald’s to open in Farmington when he was 17. After turning 18, Bobby enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in the fall of 1973. After completing basic and Amtrac training. He was deployed to Vietnam until sometime in 1974. He was stationed in California after his return from overseas. Upon returning to Maine, Bobby obtained a Class 1 (now CDL) license to drive big rig and secured a career spanning 4 decades and 4 million miles. He had a short stint as a bus driver for North Country, driving patients from Strong to Farmington and ultimately meeting his bride to be, Trisha Beedy. From childhood, Bobby was a drummer, playing drums for numerous country and rock bands all over the state of Maine. He retired from trucking last year when health problems forced him from the driver’s seat.

Bobby is survived by; his wife, Trisha Beedy Burdin , daughter Carrie, and son Richie, all of Avon; mother in-law and father in-law, Norma (Ma) and Harold Beedy of Freeman; his daughters, Bridget of Oakland, CA and Nikki Malpass of Whiteville, NC, his son, Robbie of Desert Springs, CA, and their spouses and partners; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Jerold Burdin and wife pat of Corinna, Timothy Burdin and wife Diane of Petersburg, MI, James Burdin and wife Jolene of Wilton, Gary Beedy and wife Marilyn of Salem, Paula Viles of Salem, Dora Dill and husband Richard of Phillips, Sandy Yeaton and husband Niles of Strong; numerous nephews and nieces; and kids that just considered Bob as “Uncle Bob” and whom he treasured deeply. Bobby was all about family. He was predeceased by; his parents, Malcolm Burdin and Eleanor Burdin; step-mother, Mildred “Tilly” Burdin; twin brother, Richard, brother Kendall; sister, Pam; and step-brother Donald Richards, all of Strong.

Donations in Bobby’s memory may be made to the Travis Mills Foundation, 747 Western Ave., Suite 1, Manchester, ME 04351.

A remembrance gathering with military honors will be announced later in the spring of 2020. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. Trish and family and Bob’s families
    We are all so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Those that knew him well should all have great memories of him to help heal in time. Thinking of all of you today, tomorrow and in the days to come. Ann and family

  2. Thinking of all of you at this sad time, with love, Eunice and family

  3. Trish and family
    We are so sorry about bobs passing. He was quite a guy, a one in a million guy. I remember working with him at SNH and he would get all of us laughing..cherish your memories, that will help you thru this..know Duck and I are here if u ever need anything...
    RIP bob!

  4. My condolences to the family.

  5. Trisha and families, we were friends in high school with Bobby and have wonderful memories of that time, hugs to you Trish and prayers for all

  6. My condolences to Bob's entire family. I have many
    happy memories of summers at Porter Lake when we were children. Bob came to my place of employment in recent years so we were able to reminence about those times. RIP old friend.

  7. To all of the Burdin brothers and Robert's loved ones, please accept my heartfelt condolences on his recent passing. I know he will be missed. He was a super guy with a wonderful smile and he was always ready to do anything for anyone who needed his help. What a joyous reunion be met by his parents, step-mother, and his brothers and sister, especially, Richie, his twin!
    Love to you all, you are in my prayers.

  8. Trish and family...So sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts during this sad time and if I can do anything, please don't hesitate to let me know. Hugs!

  9. Trisha and family, so sorry for your loss. Focus on the memories of years you had together. Yiu are in my thoughts and prayers. Love ya.

  10. I was so sorry to hear fo Bobby,s passing I have many very fond memories of him. He was very close to our family.Bobby was a great guy and very good friend he will be missed

  11. To all of Bobby's family: So sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad time.

  12. Steve and I are sorry for your loss.

  13. My condolences to the family for your loss. Love to all. Cousin Cheryl and family.