It is with deep regret that the Westfield Fire Department announces the passing of life member Robert “Bum” Bumstead. Bob passed away in the late evening of Tuesday July 19th at the age of 84. Born in 1931, Bob served in the U.S. Army in Germany following World War II. He joined the Westfield Fire Department in 1953, and although not active for a number of years, he continued to stop at the firehouse almost daily until his health declined late last year. One of the most significant contributions Bob offered to the Westfield Fire Department, although easily overlooked, are the large District map and smaller condo complex maps he drafted and maintained. The maps are one of the most frequently used items in the Department and will serve as a continuing legacy for Bob. As a member, Bob was the go-to person for mechanical work and truck repairs while we were still in the Miner Street station. He served on numerous truck committees including the original rescue truck. His many small contributions over the years, while they may seem small on their own, were of significant impact in the aggregate to the overall success and growth of the Department.
There will be no calling hours, but brief grave-side ceremony will be held at the Miner Street cemetery on Saturday July 30th starting at 10:00 AM. All members and friends are invited to attend. As per Bum’s wishes, uniforms are not necessary.