Robert Bannan

  • Died: March 19, 2022
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John F. Givnish Funeral Home

10975 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Tel. (215) 281-0100

Tribute & Message From The Family


Robert "Bob" Bannan passed away on March 19, 2022. He was 61 years old. Bob is survived by his beloved wife Bridget (nee McHugh); daughters Kelly Rae (Greg) and Rebecca (Ben); nephew Steven Vuillermet (Kirstin); parents Robert T. Bannan and Joan R Bannan; and siblings Barbara Vuillermet and Thommy (Barbara); Mother-in-law Patricia McHugh (the late Raymond); Sister-in-law Susan Walmsley (Dan); Brother-in-law Raymond McHugh. Also surviving are his beloved nieces and nephews, three great nieces, and one great nephew.

Bob grew up in the Kensington section (Harrowgate) of Philadelphia. He attended St. Joan of Arc grade school. Bob was a proud 1979 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School for boys, and a frequent flier in the Jug Club. He was always excited to find another "Norphan" and talk about the good old days at North.
After high school, Bob received his EMT license, most often volunteering his time. For four years, Bob worked as a corrections officer in the Philadelphia Prison System, during which time he received a complimentary nose job from an on-the-job incident. On September 11, 1989, Bob went on to join the Philadelphia Police Department as a police officer, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement in 2019. During this time, Bob was a dedicated police officer, working in Traffic, Highway Patrol, ACT, the 19th District, and the Center City district, proudly protecting and serving his city.

Bob had the deepest love for his family (and his cats). He adored his wife Bridget, and they spent 31 wonderful years together. They married on New Years' Eve, so they would always have a party, and so Bob could never forget the date. Together they had two daughters, for which Bob attended every single life event and activity. Bob never missed a dance recital, a soccer or basketball game, or a musical performance. Even when he had to work, Bob would stop by in the police car and give the girls a big "good luck" over the loudspeaker. Bob loved spending time down Wildwood with his family, especially during Irish Weekend. He was so proud of his girls and was the ultimate daddy and family-man.

When he wasn't with his family, Bob was serving as a member of the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums. He was a member for 17 years, and he spent 15 of those serving as the Event Coordinator. Bob made it his mission to add new members, working his magic to try and convince every police officer and firefighter in the city to join the band, at which he was quite successful. If he couldn't get someone to join, he would often convince them to provide a donation so the band could continue to perform their amazing work celebrating the lives of those who have served.

Bob was a quiet man, but he managed to make friends everywhere he went. Everyone could just tell how wonderful, kind, and generous he was. Bob loved Dunkin Donuts coffee and didn't believe any other coffee shop existed. He loved music, continually playing music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s for his family, usually classic rock, but wouldn't often dance for the sake of everyone's feet. Instead, he was happy to sit there, bouncing his leg, enjoying the music. Bob collected Law Enforcement patches from departments all over the world and collected old Matchbox cars. Bob enjoyed sitting down to watch some of his favorite TV shows, including Adam West's Batman series and the Three Stooges. Bob made sure every Saturday he turned on Svengoolie, so he could watch old movies and learn fun facts about them. Bob also loved watching trains and would tune into cameras at train stations from around the world just to see them go by.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in Bob's Life Celebration Friday evening from 5:30 – 8:00 PM and Saturday morning starting 9:30 AM followed by his service 12:00 Noon at John F. Givnish of Academy Rd., 10975 Academy Rd. Phila, PA 19154. His family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob's memory can be made to the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, P.O. Box 22229, Philadelphia, PA 19136. To share your fondest memories of Bob visit www.lifecelebration.com

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