2018 Person of the Year
owner and operator of
“One person really can make a difference.”
The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership will honor Bob Buhrig-Owner of Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, Ltd and Buhrig’s Gathering Place-as their 2018 Person of the Year at the annual tribute dinner. The tribute dinner will be held November 7, 2018 from 6 pm – 9 pm at The Mechanicsburg Club. Tickets are now on sale for $50 by calling 717-827-7555. Sponsorships can also be secured by calling the Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership. Be sure to get your tickets soon as they are selling fast! Proceeds from the Tribute Dinner recognizing Buhrig will benefit the Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership funding downtown events, storefront improvements, beautification efforts, and marketing initiatives.
Bob’s Main Street Mechanicsburg roots began in 1987 during his senior year in high school when he was hired to wash cars for Myers Funeral Home. He worked and lived on Main Street for six years before moving to Pittsburgh to further his education. In 1998, Bob returned to Mechanicsburg to live, and in 2011 Bob became a business owner and operator on Main Street. In 2017, he was thrilled to move back into the same Main Street building he had lived in years earlier. Today, Main Street is home to his two businesses, two residential rentals and his personal residence.
Professionally, Bob holds degrees in business administration, management, finance and funeral service management; he is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a Certified Preplanning Consultant, a Certified Funeral Celebrant, a Certified Crematory Operator and Trainer; he is a faculty member of the American Society of Embalmers, the British Institute of Embalmers, the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, the Dodge Institute for Advanced Mortuary Studies, and the National Funeral Directors Association; he is an ambassador and lifetime member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice; and he is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, life insurance agent and annuities agent. Over the years, Bob has become an educator and consultant to funeral professionals, business leaders and associations across the United States. He is a nationally recognized expert within funeral service and is frequently sought as a speaker and workshop leader. Bob revels in delivering humorous (or as he would say, “humerus”) yet content-rich presentations on a wide variety of service, marketing, financial and other business-related topics. His vision and tireless pursuit of excellence has led to his funeral home, crematory and gathering place being featured as a model for modern funeral service by numerous professional organizations.
Bob’s love of caring for people extends beyond offering compassionate funeral service at his own funeral home, crematory and special event gathering place. He has long believed that sharing time, talent and treasure is both an obligation and a privilege, and that leading by example is critical for success. He has always been an active volunteer in numerous local, regional, and national organizations, and served in various leadership positions over the years. Locally, Bob has volunteered his time and his business resources to: Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership, Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, Mechanicsburg Fire Department, Union Church, Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg, New Singer Town Band, Lions Club, Wrench Drop Committee, Public Safety Day Committee, Arrive Alive Programs, Compassionate Closure Program, Senior Outreach Services, Bethany Towers, Upper Allen Woman’s Club, Simpson Library, Environmental Club, American Legion, Veterans Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of Mechanicsburg, Memorial Day Parade Committee, and countless downtown events.
“It is my great privilege to live and work in my hometown, Mechanicsburg, a wonderful community. My life is blessed with so many amazing people…it is deeply humbling. Thank you to everyone who has ever stood with me, toiled with me, believed in me. It is the support, guidance and love of the people in our lives that transforms a place into a community…into a home.” – Bob Buhrig
Buhrig joins a distinguished group of Mechanicsburg-proud previous honorees including Linda Willis, an insurance professional with Gunn-Mowery and a dedicated community and business champion; Mary Eberly, a realtor with Coldwell Banker and a charter member of the Partnership; Earnie Zimmerman, owner of Zimmerman’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning; Jack Ritter, mayor and business owner; Sue Erdman, executive director of the Simpson Library; and the late Bob Marquette, president and CEO of Member’s 1st Federal Credit Union.