Former Humane Fire Co. Chief Dies

Robert Major served the Humane and Royersford Fire Departments for over 60 years.


Former Humane Fire Co. Chief Robert (Bobby) Major, who held several other positions in the company, and the Royersford Fire Department, died on June 8.

“We regret to inform everyone of the passing of [Major],” said a message from the Royersford Fire Department on Facebook, which said that Major died with his family by his side.

According to Royersford Fire Department, Major joined the Humane Fire Co. in December of 1951 and held positions including chief, chief engineer, trustee and treasurer.

“The Major name became synonymous with the Humane Fire Co., which created a family tradition,” said the Royerford Fire Co. post, noting that Major’s son, John, and grandson, Ryan, both held officer positions with the company, and Major’s brother, Buddy, was a 50-year member of the company.

“The Major tradition that Bobby created is currently being carried on today through his wife Michelle and grandson in-law William Latch,” said Royersford Fire Department.

“Bobby was viewed by many members as not only a friend, but a leader and teacher,” said Royersford Fire Department.  “We ask that everyone keep the major family in their thoughts and prayers as they mourn the passing of Bobby.”

Other local fire companies responded to Major’s passing on social media sites.

“The Liberty Fire Co. would like to give Prayers and Condolences to the Humane Fire Co., Royersford and the family of Robert (Bobby) Major on his recent passing,” said the Liberty Fire Co. in Spring City, on Facebook. “Many of the firefighters both past and present of Liberty worked with Bob as he held many positions in the Royersford Fire Department.

“Rest In Peace Bob Major,” said the Linfield Fire Co. No. 1 on Facebook. “Mr. Major joined the Linfield Fire Company in 1995 as a driver."

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and our fellow firemen at the Royersford Fire Department.”

“We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Major family and the Royersford Fire Department on the passing of Robert Major,” said the New Hanover Township Fire Co. on Facebook.

More information will be published as Major’s obituary is released and his services are announced.

john vandegrift June 10, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I only met Bob Major about four years ago, but he was still one of the nicest people I'known.


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