Robert Stanley Bridge
(May 11, 1926–August 17, 2002)
Major Robert Stanley Bridge was promoted to Glory from Hendersonville, N.C.
Robert Bridge was born to Hope and Alfred Bridge in Pawtucket, R.I. He was introduced to The Salvation Army at a young age and became a junior soldier and senior soldier of the Providence Citadel Corps. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. He entered the School for Officer Training in New York City in 1950 and was commissioned the next year as a member of the Ambassadors session.
Bridge served in corps in Connecticut and Massachusetts before marrying 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth Perrett in 1953. Together, the couple served in corps appointments in Bristol and Danbury, Conn. In 1957, the Bridges were assigned to the Southern Africa Territory, where they served in corps and divisional appointments. In 1965, they returned to the U.S. and served in corps appointments in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Then they were assigned to the Central America and West Indies Territory, where they commanded the Kingston (Havendale), Jamaica, Corps. They returned to the U.S. in 1972 and served as trainees at the Men’s Social Service Center in Rochester, N.Y., and as corps officers in New York and Massachusetts, before returning to the Southern Africa Territory in 1980. They briefly served as South Africa Northeast divisional leaders before taking charge of a men’s hostel in Pietermartizburg. They returned to the U.S. in 1985 and served at the Booth Memorial Medical Center in Flushing, N.Y., where Major Robert Bridge was appointed chaplain. The Bridges retired in 1991.
Bridge was a faithful servant of God. He loved people and worked hard for them, offering spiritual and personal counseling, teaching, and even manual labor. He was warm, friendly, and encouraging, a godly man with a delightful sense of humor and a down–to–earth touch.
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