In Memoriam: Life Member Robert Platt
By Public Information Officer Bill Rehkopf
September 12, 2023

The members of the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department join together in mourning the loss of our friend and life member, Bob Platt.

For years, Bob was a fixture at the firehouse, where he was active in many activities. When a new member was voted into the department, it was Bob who escorted them before the membership to be greeted. He was also a skilled electrician and used his talents on many projects for the department.

In later years, he and his friend Ralph Henson would hold court each day at the firehouse, sharing the day's concerns and opinions with the on duty crews and volunteers. We can only imagine the conversations going on around the coffee table today.

We thank Bob for his friendship and his many years of service to the department. Rest easy, brother. We'll take it from here.


Robert Edward Platt passed away peacefully in Lakeland, FL on Friday, September 8, 2023, at the age of 78.

Born in Baltimore, MD he was the son of the late Ralph Paul Platt and Eleanor Abbie Hunt.

Robert served his country in the United States Navy from 1963 - 1967. He was honorably discharged after serving overseas during the Vietnam War. Robert worked for Sweetheart Cup for over 30 years. He was a lifetime member & volunteer fireman at Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department. He was also a lifetime member & volunteer fireman at Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as a Reserve Officer with the Maryland Natural Resources Police for 15 years. His passion was race cars and drag racing. In his spare time he also loved to golf.

He is survived by daughter Caroline Brown, Christie Kuhn (Kevin Kuhn) of Lakeland, FL. He, “Poppy”, is also survived by his grandchildren, CJ, Cyle, Braeden, Ashlyn and Lexi.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. The funeral service will be held at 10am on Monday, September 18, 2023 at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel.

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