Robert S.'s Story
Robert (Bob) S. Burnell, of Fryeburg, Maine, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at the Bedford Hills Center, due to bone cancer.
The son of Percy and Olive (Stanton) Burnell, Bob was born in West Baldwin, Maine, graduating from Fryeburg Academy in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954. Bob then earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Maine, and then a Master’s in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. His long career included work on early versions of fiber-optic communications at AT&T’s Bell Labs in North Andover, Mass.
Bob's many years on the Timberlane Regional School Board in New Hampshire helped the district enter the personal computer age in the early 1980s. He joined the National Ski Patrol in 1964, earning Senior Patrolman status during more than 30 years of service, primarily at New England ski areas. He was the Fryeburg Fair's “unofficial” videographer for more than a decade.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, of Derry, N.H.; daughter Lauren McDonald of Albuquerque; sons, Jeffrey Bannon and his partner, Edgardo Salinas, of New York City, David Bannon and his wife, Teri Landauer, of Alsea, Ore., Scott Burnell and his wife, April, of Brunswick, Md., Dean Burnell and his wife, Perry of Johnson, Vt., and Ross Burnell and his wife, Liz LoGiudice of Hannacroix, N.Y.; nephews, Clinton Brooks and his wife, Eldonna, of Colebrook, N.H., Stan Brooks of Peak’s Island, Maine, and Lee Brooks and his wife, Ann of Columbia Falls, Mont.; and grandchildren, Elise Hoover, Ben McDonald and Vivien Burnell.
A memorial service will be held at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St. in Plaistow, N.H., on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. A service in West Baldwin is planned for later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bob’s name to the American Cancer Society, to Arbor House at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, or to the National Ski Patrol.
Published on  August 15, 2017