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Robert Maurice Bushey

August 28, 1939 July 4, 2020
Robert Maurice Bushey
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Robert M. Bushey passed away at his home in St. Albans in the early morning of July 4, 2020; he was 80 years old. Bob had a number of years with health issues but recently had been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia.

Bob was born and raised in St. Albans. He was the son of Maurice and Kathleen “Claire” O’Brien Bushey. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Cota Bushey, and had recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Together, they raised their family in St. Albans.

Bob had many interests and enjoyed a number of hobbies with his family. He especially loved boating on Lake Champlain, had several boats over the years and enjoyed family time on the lake with several lifelong friends. He also enjoyed hockey, both playing and supporting his son, Jeff, and the local hockey teams throughout the years. He volunteered in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and was a board member at Franklin Grand Isle Home Health in its early days. Additionally, he was a member of the Elk’s and American Legion. Prior to starting a career with the railroad, he served in the Marine Corps. Bob described his first career opportunity as being an electrical apprentice at the Railroad, a position that his father helped him secure. This opportunity positioned him well for entry at a new company, IBM, that came into Vermont in the early sixties. Bob began at IBM in 1965. He made good use of the opportunities to advance that IBM presented to him. He took courses, studied, innovated and worked hard. He advanced to the competencies of a master level electrical engineer and was a Staff Engineer at the time of his retirement.

Bob is survived by his wife, Shirley Cota Bushey, and his children: Kim Bushey, her friend Susan Balboni of Jericho; Karen Bushey King, her daughter, Katelyn of Reading, PA; Kelly Bushey Rainville, her husband, Henry, and their sons, Devin, his wife Ashley, Ian and Dylan of Highgate; Jeff Bushey and Patti Boyce, and his daughters, Tamithy Bushey Howrigan, her husband Harold, Tiana Bushey and her son, Stephen of St. Albans. Bob is predeceased by his parents, Maurice and Claire Bushey and his siblings Jean Bushey Justus, Richard Bushey, and Maureen Bushey Healy. His surviving sister, Priscilla Bushey Takayama and her husband, Wes, reside Nashua, NH.

Due to COVID – 19 restrictions, a private funeral service for Bob will be held on Friday, July 10th at the Heald Funeral Home. Family and friends are welcome to join his family at 11am at the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Calvary Street, St. Albans, VT for prayers of committal and military honors.

Bob’s family has lost many members to cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495-4420.

To send Bob’s family a message of condolence or share a memory, kindly go to his online guestbook at
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11:00 AM 7/10/2020 11:00:00 AM
Mount Calvary Cemetery

Calvary Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Family & friends are welcome to join his family at 11AM at the Mount Calvary Cemetery for prayers of committal and military honors.

Mount Calvary Cemetery
Calvary Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

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Mount Calvary Cemetery Final Resting Place

Calvary Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Calvary Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society, Vermont Chapter,

PO Box 1070
Williston, VT 05495

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