The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 27, 2013

Bruce T. Bobb, 81, York

The Daily Item

— YORK — Bruce T. Bobb, 81, passed away at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in York Hospital. He died peacefully in the presence of his wife and children.

He was born Dec. 22, 1931, in Sunbury, a son of the late Bruce T. and Pauline (Runyan) Bobb. He was married to the former Gloria Y. Wood, of Jacksonville, Ala.

Bruce graduated from Sunbury High School and served in the Army Medical Corps from 1955 to 1957. While stationed in Alabama, he met Gloria, and they married on Aug. 10, 1958. They recently celebrated 55 years together.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, he went on to work at the Easter Seal Society of York County from 1957 to 1996. He started there as a physical therapist and was named the executive director in 1975.

Bruce was involved in community service efforts and was a member of a number of organizations. He served as the president of the Cosmopolitan Club of York and the York County Council of Agency Executives. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Arthritis Foundation in 1967, the Cosmopolitan Club of York in 1973 and Tough Love of York in 1985.

Bob, a logical man with an unrelenting sense of humor and an affinity for antiquing, and Gloria raised four children and cared deeply about their church, Eastminster Presbyterian.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children and their spouses, James T. and Jessica Bobb, of York, Patricia and Wayne Coppersmith, of Marietta, Michael and Susan Bobb, of York, and Christi and Christopher Bernlohr, of York; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, William T. Bobb, of Lewisburg; and two nephews, Kirk and Paul.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Road, followed by the funeral at 11 with the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seckman officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Rose Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Road, York, PA 17403.

The Etzweiler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements. Visit