Longtime Wallum Lake Fire Chief dies at age 70


BURRILLVILLE – A Pascoag man who once served on the Burrillville Town Council, and was as chief of the Wallum Lake Fire Department for more than 50 years, died this week at the age of 70.

Robert A. “Bob” Bishop died on Friday, May 12 at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Born in Providence, Bishop was the life-long partner of Carmella White and the son of the late Duane A. and Norma L. (Place) Bishop.

Bishop was the owner/operator of Bob Bishop Towing, and then worked at the power plant at Zambarano Hospital, retiring after 28 years. He was a member of the RI Fire Chief’s Association as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Bishop also served on the Burrillville Town Council for a number of years and served in the US Army during Vietnam.

Area fire departments are set to participate in services at Boucher Funeral home on Sayles Avenue on Wednesday, May 17, staging in the parking lot of the nearby former Father Holland School, before a march to Pascoag Cemetery. A final alarm ceremony will be held in front of the Pascoag Fire Department Main Street station while en route.

“‘Chief 6,’ with his seemingly ever-present flannel shirt, was not only the head of the Wallum Lake Fire Department, but in many ways, he was also its heart and soul,” noted PFD of the loss on social media. “He had given over 50 years of service to his community. He will be greatly missed.”

The West Glocester Fire Department also acknowledged Bishop’s passing.

“Our hearts are with our brothers and sisters at the Wallum Lake Fire Department and Pascoag Fire Department, as well as Chief Bishop’s family and friends, as they mourn this incredible loss,” noted WGFD.

In addition to his partner White, Bishop leaves behind a daughter, Jessica White and partner Keith James of Pascoag; a brother, David Bishop and wife Anne of Mapleville; nieces: Amanda Bishop and partner Robert Marshall and Erin Misiaszek and husband Jason and great nephew and niece, Zachary and Leah Misiaszek.

The funeral will begin with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, with a service at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home at 272 Sayles Ave. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Pascoag Cemetery on Pascoag Main St. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in his memory be made to Lifespan Cancer Development Office, PO Box 14, Providence, RI 02901.

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