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Meet Our North Royalton and Parma Funeral Home Manager

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Robert SolichCompassion and innovation are embedded in the roots of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services—and it all starts with our caring Busch staff.

In our latest blog series, Meet Our Managers, you will get the opportunity to learn all about each of our location managers on a more personal level.

Next up we have Bob Solich. Bob is one of Busch’s longest-standing employees at nearly 40 years of service.

Bob brings his passion for service and community involvement to both our North Royalton and Parma funeral homes where he manages both locations.

 

Q: What are some of the unique amenities at Parma & North Royalton?

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Q: How has Busch evolved since you started nearly four decades ago?

When I started at Busch, we had two funeral homes and a staff of about 10. We're now at eight locations and about 70 staff members.

Some changes have included the different types of services we offer, and the locations and demographics we serve. In the beginning, we did a lot of the same types of services. Now, we're able to serve families of different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Every day, we're doing something different. 

Q: What is one word you would use to describe your role as a funeral director?

I would say it would be “significant.”

I have always had the pleasure of having a job where you are doing something that makes a huge difference in somebody’s life. I’ve always felt like what I do every day is significant to somebody.

Q: What is your favorite part of being a funeral home manager?

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Q: What has been the most memorable funeral you have been a part of?

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Q: What non-profits are you most proud to be a part of?

There are a couple of non-profit organizations I am on the board of.

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio

  • Biggest and one of the oldest (1902) home health agency in Ohio.
  • We provide care to underserved populations in Cleveland.
  • During COVID, we ran a homeless ward to help stop the spread in the shelters and keep the homeless population safe. 

Dancing Wheels Company

  • First integrated dance company in the country, which means it uses standup and wheelchair dancers.
  • The dancers travel all over the world to perform for diverse audiences and spread awareness.
  • They have a dancing wheels school where anyone of any ability can take classes and be a dancer.

Q: We heard you’re excellent at keeping local restaurants in business. What are your top three recommendations?

So probably the best restaurant in Cleveland is the Flying Fig in Ohio City. Not only is the food wonderful, but it also always has great creativity.  

Toast in the Gordon Square area—it started off as a cocktail bar, but they now have really interesting food.

The one I probably go to the most is Opal on Pearl in Brooklyn. A really good friend of mine owns Opal and originally wanted to open a wine bar—but it's evolved to serve really good food, so everyone goes in there for dinner.

Q: What makes being a part of the Busch staff different than most?

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Q: What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue the funeral industry?

If anyone out there is wanting to learn more about the funeral profession, just give us a call. People always ask what it takes to be a part of the business and I always just tell them, “You just have to be really kind and have a desire to help others.”

Q: In your own words, what is the Busch Difference?

We're all about being caring and professional. Everyone that works here is well-trained to deal with anything and can help anyone with whatever they may need.

In my world, I would call it polished. Our job is direct. It’s always understood who is in charge at a funeral or memorial service. Our staff is always dressed appropriately and following Busch policies and procedures.

Set Up a Time to Meet with Bob

If you’re interested in planning final arrangements with our Parma or North Royalton locations, book a time to meet with Bob today. Along with the rest of our caring Busch staff, he is trained and experienced to provide you with answers to all of your questions.

Fill out one of these forms to reserve your spot with Bob.

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Jim Busch
Jim Busch
Owner and president of our firm. Fourth generation funeral director and certified crematory operator, Jim is guided by his principles in faith, family and friends. He loves to hear feedback from our families. Proudly serving Busch families since 1986.
 

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