Robert Samson (‘Bobby’) Berger
August 22, 1988 – December 25, 2020
Bobby grew up in the Irvington neighborhood of Northeast Portland, He attended Irvington Elementary School, da Vinci Middle School, Grant High School and a series of other High Schools, ultimately obtaining a GED. He attended Mt. Hood and Portland Community Colleges, and ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Business School at Portland State University, with a joint major in Management and Human Resources in 2015.
Bobby loved to travel and was always ready to meet new people and experience new cultures. He travelled the world, including Israel, Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central America, with close friends (including some he met along the way) and on his own. He worked for a decade as a waiter (including at some of the top restaurants in Portland), and as a snorkel tour guide in Hawaii and, of course, in the travel industry. His last job was working for the Multnomah County health department’s harm reduction program.
Bobby was also passionate about music, his friends and social justice issues. His smile could brighten anyone’s day and he was also willing to listen, to help or to just be present with everyone lucky enough to be one of his many friends. His love and light will live on with those who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lisa Burk, and is survived by his father, Leland R. Berger, step mother Katherine O. Berger, grandmothers Audrey E. Berger (Warminster, PA); June Bruskewitz (Wayne, Ill.) and Delores Osborn (Ivins, Utah); by his uncles Bruce Berger (Julie) of Needham, MA, Steven Burk (San Diego, CA), Frank Burk (Kelly) of Chandler, AZ and Douglas Osborn (Ivins, UT); aunt Dr. Marsha Berger Grant (Harvey) of North Wales, PA and great Aunts Karin Berger of Chicago, Ill. and Mary Berger Malemed (Harvey) of Bluffton, SC and first cousins Michael Berger (Candice) of Burbank, CA, Samuel Berger of Boston, MA, Lyle Burk of Chandler, AZ and Laona Burk of San Diego, CA and Alana Osborn (Beaverton, OR) and first cousin once removed Stephanie Berger of Chicago, Ill.
A celebration of his wonderful life will be held next summer. The family is suggesting donations to Outside/In
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