Robert 'Bob' Bridgman, 82, passed away at home on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Survived by his son, Scott (Rhonda) Bridgman; grandsons, Brett and Chad Bridgman; sister, Daisy Bradstreet of Salem, N.H.; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Marilynn and the late, Ron Gettel; and his faithful, loving dog, Pepper. Preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Beverly Ann (Akin) Bridgman; parents, Neal and Emily Bridgman; and parents-in-law, Richard and Gladys Akin. Bob was born Oct. 12, 1930, in Stoneham, Mass. He grew up in Topsfield, Mass. He was a Staff Sergent in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954. While stationed at Peterson Field, he came to Pueblo and met Beverly at a dance. He was employed at CF&I Steel Corporation for 28 years, ending his career as General Mechanical Foreman of the 40' Mill. Bob was also co-owner of Why Not Antique with Beverly for 20 years. He was a member of the Minnequa Club and F.O.E. Aerie #145. He enjoyed dancing, hunting, fishing, Jeeping, waterskiing, bowling, softball, golf, travel and his poker buddies. Bob was blessed by numerous good friends. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, Montgomery & Steward Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pueblo PAWS for Life through the funeral home. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Family Thoughts from Back East:

    Love travels many miles, from ‘Back East’� to Colorado and from Colorado to ‘Back East’�, very much like a backyard game of playing catchball. But, nobody drops the ball. The ball has been sent back and forth since the time Robert Bridgman decided to make Pueblo his home. He kept his sister, Daisy, and all the rest of us connected.

    He fell in love with Beverly Akin and started a new life and family away from Massachusetts. His love for Colorado was so strong his mother drove across country, alone, to check it out. It didn’t take much for her to see and understand, and that is where it all began.

    Every other year our dearest Uncle Bob drove his family ‘Back East’� to visit. That continued for many years. For that we will be forever grateful. Their visits were so important to all of us that nobody wanted to be anywhere else other than with him and Aunt Bev, and Scott.

    From a personal standpoint, my Uncle Bob was a man who I looked up to, and always will. He gave me encouragement to look beyond what I could see normally. His blue eyes were a sight to see.

    A favorite memory I have is the road trip back to Colorado with Aunt Bev, Uncle Bob, Scott, and Rhonda. This was before Scott had asked Rhonda to marry him. There was no doubt that he approved of the young happy couple.

    We have all been blessed by what he has meant to us, and blessed by all that he and Aunt Bev brought into this world, an extension of himself through his son Scott and his sons Brett and Chad.

    Thank you, Uncle Bob, for being you.

    With love forever,
    Debbie (Bradstreet) Feldman
    Beverly, Massachusetts

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