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Robert W. Bickford

Posted By Vanessa.Valdez On October 30, 2013 @ 8:03 pm In Obituaries | No Comments

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Bickford, Robert W.   Of Phoenix, Arizona, died on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, November 28, 1955 to Rose J. (Burdacki) and Kenneth M. Bickford. Rob graduated from Shanti High School, Hartford, CT, in 1973 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Goddard College, VT, in 1977. He grew up in Windsor Locks, CT where his passion for railway and transportation began. He was an avid railway historian, founding the Windsor Locks “Save the Station” campaign and volunteering at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. He took joy from his 28 year career in student transportation, holding many positions for Beebe School Bus Transportation, Laidlaw Education Services, Dattco, and Dysart Unified School District. After moving to Phoenix, AZ in May of 2005, he continued his career as Logistics Manager at Coach USA and Divine Transportation. An extensive collection of historical railroad memorabilia of the northeast traveled across the country with him. Most recently Rob spent free time exploring the railroads of his new southwestern US home. Rob is survived by Daniel Jonathan Manns of Mesa, AZ, his sister, Linda Lee Bickford, and her husband, Dennis Bruffee, of Shelburne Falls, MA, and niece, Lucinda Rose Lee, of Fort White, FL. Additionally he leaves behind Murphy and Maggie, his beloved dogs. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Road, Chandler, Thursday, October 24th, from 1 to 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrance donations can be made in Rob’s name to the Rob Bickford Railway Preservation Fund, Greenfield Co-Operative Bank, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

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