Death – Longtime Public Servant Passes Away

Death – Obituary






A long-time public servant of the City of Zanesville has passed away after a short illness.

84-year-old Robert Branford Sr. retired from the Zanesville Police Department in 1994 after 27 years of service.

He worked as a Fair Housing Coordinator and from 2000 to 2012 was Zanesville’s Director of Public Safety.

He was a faithful member of Morning Star Cogic, where he served as deacon.

Brandford was also a U.S. veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force.

You can call on family Friday, January 14 from 11am-1pm with funeral service to follow at 1pm at Burrell Funeral Service in Zanesville. Following services, Brandford will be laid to rest alongside his wife in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.