Robert “Bud” Grew Syphers | Obituary

Robert “Bud” Grew Syphers

Robert Grew Syphers, 91, a longtime resident of Burbank, CA passed away peacefully at home on May 15, 2021.

Robert was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on April 16, 1930. He was the oldest of seven children to Theophilus and Eleanor Syphers. He is survived by his sisters: Zoe Anne (Les) Moulton of Wells, Maine; Priscilla Zoffoli of Stratham, NH; and Bruce Syphers of Greenland, NH; as well as many nieces and nephews throughout the New England area.

He is pre-deceased by his brothers, Roger of Hampton, NH; Richard of Litchfield, NH; and Johnny of Portsmouth, NH.

Bud is survived by the love of his life, Emily and their four daughters: Joan (John) Harmon of Castaic, Diane (Phil) Scalzo of Sierra Madre, Julie (Richard) Caffey of Burbank and Doreen (Tom) Harmon of Altadena.

Bud graduated from Portsmouth High in 1949, and served in the US Navy from 1950-1954 with honorable discharge. He was employed by American Airlines and then ultimately retired from Tony’s Express after 25+ years with the “family business.”

Bud & Emily met at a mutual friend’s engagement party and were married on May 5, 1957, in Burbank. Together they raised four daughters and this year marked 64 years of a blessed marriage.

Bud was a loving husband, an amazing father and grandfather who always made time to attend many church, school, social and sporting events. He loved baseball and introduced his young female foursome enthusiastically to the LA Dodgers, even enrolling them in the Dodger Pepsi Fan Club! Bud could often be seen with “the guys” at Santa Anita racetrack or for weekly “coffee talks” around town.

Del Mar became an annual family summer tradition over the years, and he traveled both domestically and internationally in his retirement years with family & friends.

Over the past few years, he volunteered alongside his son-in-law for The Burbank Bike Angels.

Those of us who know, and love Bud will remember him as a proud, loyal and loving man to his family and friends. He was a role model to all ages, had a strong work ethic and was a true Patriot and proud American.

He will be missed greatly and leaves a wonderful legacy to his eleven grandchildren, Ryan, Heather, Danielle, Robert, Kevin, Michael, Emily, James, Joey, Victor and Mary, and three great-grandsons, Curtis, Christopher and Johnny forever.

Donations can be made to the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, Burbank, CA.