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



Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the Bannon family,
I went to Joan of Arc, North Catholic, and grew up with Bob in Harrowgate. We also worked in the prison together. He was a great guy.
Freddy Abello

Posted by Frederick Abello - SYKESVILLE, MD - Friend   March 31, 2022

Bob was a great neighbor, he was friendly, kind and always willing to help us out. He would shovel snow for my Mom and me whenever it snowed!! He was just that kind of person to do nice things for you when you needed it. He was outside one day cutting his lawn and showed me the kind of lawn cutter he was using, then he came over and starting cutting my lawn too! I bought the same lawn cutter that same day because of him! We will keep you alive in our memories, we were blessed to have known you. We lost a caring friend on March 19th....but Heaven gained a Hero.

Posted by The Gerdelmann Family - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   March 25, 2022

God bless and RIP BROTHER, it was an honor and pleasure working with you on I95,same squad. You my friend always had my back out there. Rest easy Bob.

Posted by Jim Snell - Voorhees, NJ - Coworker   March 24, 2022

Condolences. I'm so sorry Kelly.

Posted by Chuan (Sean) Ngo    March 22, 2022

Sending you love & light Bobby

Posted by Jacquelyn Guinter - Philadelphia, PA - Family Friend   March 22, 2022

So sorry for your loss.Bob was a neighbor from Amber St. He was a great guy growing up , he is a few years younger than me he was my Sister's age but always a good kid.I know from our reunions we had and meeting his wife he was a great husband and Dad. My prayers are with you now and always .My sister passed in Jan.and I know she was there to greet "Boo" when he arrived. RIP Officer Robert Bannon.

Posted by Cell Phillips-Frank - Philadelphia, PA - Neighbor   March 22, 2022

RIP Bob. You will always in my were a wonderful person..God Bless sending Prayers for you and your family

Posted by Theresa Fallen - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   March 21, 2022

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Taken at the Quebec St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2019