OBITUARY

Robert Bruce Birkett

March 21, 1948February 15, 2021
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Robert “Bob” B. Birkett, 72, died on February 15, 2021 after battling cancer. Bob is survived by his longtime partner Carol Drogosz; Loving father of Raymond (Heather) Birkett and Joseph Birkett; Devoted grandfather of Forest, Kristy, Shailen, Atticus, Davin, and Kian; Loving son of the late Raymond and Josephine, nee Keane, Birkett; Brother of Bernadette (George), Raymond (Julie), Joseph (Patti), Mary Alice (John), Thomas (Patty), and Christopher (Penni); Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews; Best friend to his dogs, Miki and Joey. Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel, sister, Colette, and twin brother, John. Proud veteran of US Army and member of IBEW Local 134.

Visitation for Bob will be from 3-9 PM on Wednesday, February 24, at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W 103rd, Oak Lawn. Interment Private.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Blake-Lamb will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

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    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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John McEntegart

February 25, 2021

To the children and grandchildren of Bob. I knew Bob 50 to 60 years ago, seeing him infrequently over the years unfortunately at times like this. He is the older brother of my good friend Ray, however I have always considered myself a friend of all of Bob's siblings. I remember Bob as a big strong guy with a good laugh and quick wit. As I looked through the photo memorial I see pictures of a large family with lots of smiles. I hope you remember and cherish all of the good times.
John

John McEntegart

February 24, 2021

Bernadette, Ray, Joe, Mary Alice, Tom and Chris I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could have been there today to say good bye in person. Hard to believe that the two toughest guys on the west side are gone first John and now Bob. I remember Bob joking about chasing us around he neighborhood. Not sure how much he knew we feared him or John catching us. They sure taught us to run fast.
Hope to see you if there is a memorial gathering in the future.

Life just seems too short.

All the best.
John

Shirley Bsloun

February 21, 2021

Our brother David fixed up Bob and our sister Carol. Bob has been a great addition to our family the last 15 years. We will love and miss you.


Michael Hofler

February 21, 2021

We are going to miss you SO much Bob... see you on the other side...

Lynne and Walt Drogosz

February 20, 2021

Bob was bigger than life. Our thoughts are with Carol and his entire family.
As someone who grew up in Chicago, Bob always reminded me of what I loved about the city. Big, strong, confident, unapolagetic and sure of himself. I'll miss that.
Rest in peace big man.

Joseph Birkett

February 20, 2021

I asked my sister Mary Alice, Bob's fiancé Carol and Bob's son Ray to tell me the character traits that best describe Bob. They said he was loving, generous, helpful, funny, creative, tough, strong and stubborn. Ray added that "stubborn is an understatement." Bob was all those and more. Bob was always there for us at the drop of a hat if you needed anything. Bob always defended us when we were young. We could not have had a more supportive brother. Our lives will not be the same without him. Rest in peace big brother.

Daniel Lohens

February 20, 2021

I worked with Bob at Terminal 3 at O'hare for years. We took care of business first. Then we would go back to are shop and find a way to mess with each other all in fun. Some great memories. Bob and many of the guys from work would go out after work and really push are limits we were not young men anymore. My son AJ still has a signed picture of Bobby Hull that Bob had Bobby Hull write a personal note to AJ. Praying for all Bob's loved one's.

Malena Lerchen Burmeister

February 19, 2021

Our sincere sympathy for the loss of Bob. Son, twin, brother, confidant, father, uncle, and a friend. A story teller, that could make you laugh until you cried.. A great guy that will be missed dearly~
From the Stony Lake Burmeisters.... Joe and Lean

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