Bobbie “Bob” Richard Mansfield died peacefully in his sleep on May 3, 2023. Bob was born in Nazareth, PA and moved to Stroudsburg at a very young age. He grew up working on his family farm in Cherry Valley where he enjoyed taking care of the farm animals and dogs. One of his childhood passions was playing baseball with friends and classmates. Bob attended Stroudsburg High School where he excelled on the football team which led him to a lifelong love of watching football at all levels, especially his favorite Philadelphia Eagles.
Bob was a great supporter of Stroudsburg High School sports and worked with the Varsity “S” association for 25 years, raising money for athletics at the school. Bob could often be seen working their concession stand at Friday night football games serving food to students and fans.
After school, Bob’s first job was for Hughes Printing. He then served on the county tree gang, which ultimately led to a passion for high-voltage electrical line work. His tenure at Crowder, Jr. Electrical Contractor spanned 45 years, and he was a proud member of his union, The United Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW, Local 126.
Bobbie was a lifelong member of Poplar Valley United Methodist Church where he especially enjoyed playing third base, on the church softball team in the United Methodist League. Bobbie also served at many church functions over the years including Strawberry Festivals and manning the grill at the church concession stand at the West End Fair.
Later in life, Bob grew passionate about boating and fishing on Lake Ontario with his loving wife, Carolyn, at the camp that they shared in Henderson, NY for 10 years. It was one of the true joys of his life. He loved to work with his hands and work with tools, there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t fix or customize. He enjoyed hunting with his son Tim and working around the farm together. He also enjoyed riding on old steam trains and worked on gasoline engines, in which he was the leader of a 4-H club for young people to learn how to work on antique gasoline engines.
Bob is survived by his beloved second wife, Carolyn Richards Mansfield (Bitterman); son Timothy Mansfield and his wife, Barbara, of Stroudsburg and their daughter, Lauren Marie Mansfield of Wynnewood, PA; daughter Trina Mansfield and her husband Harry Neilson of Bryn Mawr, PA; nephews: James Meyers of Stroudsburg and Steve Meyers of North Augusta, SC. And also his step children: Jennifer Cates husband Kevin of Kingman, Indiana, Gretchen Schneelle husband David, Andrew Richards wife Leanne of Stroudsburg, Pa. and Samuel Richards wife Linda of E. Stroudsburg, Pa. and 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Bobbie is predeceased by his loving first wife Emma Viola Mansfield (Pleyer), mother of his children. His brother, Terry Mansfield, Mother Helen Mansfield (Johns), father Ralph Mansfield, and nephew Michael Meyers.
Bob was a wonderful husband, father, and friend. A fun-loving person who loved life, laughter, and the simple joys of life. He loved being at home with his wife and family and many beloved dogs of over the years. He will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Poplar Valley United Methodist Church, 1035 Poplar Valley Road East, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Burial will follow at Poplar Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home, Inc., 23 North 9th Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Memorial donations may be made to Poplar Valley United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association at WWW.alz.org.
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