Loved ones will wish a farewell to Robert Myers, a devoted husband, father and funeral director, on Sunday.
Myers died June 30 in his family home in Westminster. He graduated from Westminster High School in 1968 then graduated from Bridgewater College in Virginia and Catonsville College of Mortuary Science.
He was a part-time funeral director at Myers-Durobaw Funeral Home after starting the business as Myers Funeral Home in 1984 and later sold it in 2003, according to Justin Durboraw, president of Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home.
Myers’ wife of 33 years, Sueann, said he was a hard worker despite dealing with kidney disease. He not only worked in the funeral home but, for about 10 years, he worked for the Baltimore Orioles alongside Sueann, during spring training.
After spring training, Myers would be ready to get back home in time for spring to see the flowers bloom, Sueann said.
“Every year he probably took pictures of his whole lawn,” she said. “He was very proud; he loved his house and he loved the property.”
Sueann described him as a big lover of the outdoors.
“He loved the outside,” Sueann said. “He planted trees constantly. We took vacations to like the mountains and everything was an outdoor activity.”
He also loved going to New Jersey to visit family. According to Sueann, Myers loved the water but couldn’t because of the sun. Myers would spend days in the rocking chair on his porch, eating his peanuts, and watch the people pass on the streets.
Myers, who grew up in his family home in Westminster along with his one brother, touched multiple people while working at the funeral home.
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“People felt that when we serve them, we became friends,” said Sueann. “They felt like they were coming into our home. We would sit down with them afterwards or whatever and we just talked.”
Said Durboraw: “He was always very compassionate to families that we served here and even though he was no longer the owner here, families that would come in still asked about Bob, even after all these years he was still well thought of. He was just sincerely compassionate with families and really always trying to help folks.”
Aside from taking great pride in his work and lawn, he also took pride in his community.
“He was very active, never missed a Kiwanis Club meeting, he was a long-time member of Westminster Kiwanis,” said Durboraw. “At one point he did serve with the city, he was on the planning and zoning board for many years. Of course, very active in his local church, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, and served in all kinds of different capacities.”
Sueann described Robert as a caring and loving father and husband. He was proud of his son Jeremy after he recently started his own business as an auto mechanic and bought a house in Hanover, Pennsylvania.