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Jeffersontown man's four simple words leave lasting impression

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JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) – A Jeffersontown man is making a big impact in people's lives, and he's doing it with four simple words.

"One Saturday morning at the end of mass, I said ‘have a GREAT day'", Bob Burckle said.

It's the phrase he's been known for for several years.

"In about 2001, I started saying it with the kids, but I yelled it out 'have a GREAT day'”.

From there, the rest is history. Bob has attended St. Edward Parish for 45 years. For the past 13, he's gone to nearly every school mass. That means he's said ‘have a great day', more than 650 times.

"Bob Burckle's a fixture," said Charlie Shircliff ,who's taught at Saint Edward for 25 years.

"We've had times where if Bob hasn't been there, someone else attempts to do his part and that's just wrong. Nobody else but Bob Burckle should be saying 'have a great day', and even the kids feel that way."

Luke Gnagie is an eighth grader who's known of Bob since he was a little kid.

"In kindergarten, like the first mass, I still remember him saying 'have a great day' and it's brightened my day every time he's said it."

"Just like somebody saying 'have a great day' if you're feeling down or whatever, it makes you feel better about yourself," eighth grader Amanda Morgan said.

But Bob doesn't just say it. Bob means it.

"There is no better thing I can possibly say. 'Have a GREAT day'", Burckle said.

The 80-year-old even has his own website.

"The Lord said, well you need to do more than that. Give out pens, wow, how simple, but how joyful too," he said.

Bob has handed out more than 3,000 pens. His four famous words are also on his car and his personal license is recognized around Jeffersontown.

His wife passed away in 2008, and he too knows he won't be around forever.

But even after he's gone, Bob hopes his legacy remains.

"That I was able to give joy to a lot of people, just by being simple."

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