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Everett Burnham

Everett ”Mose” Burnham of Essex answered his last alarm and joined his wife Ann (Oakes) Burnham in heaven January 27,2011 after a brief illness. He was eighty four years old.

Born to Hervey & Elizabeth (Choate) Burnham on October 21, 1926 he lived a full life. He attended Essex & Gloucester High Schools, graduating in January of 1945.  Serving  in the U.S. Army Occupational Forces he was one  the first troops into Japan.  Following  his Honorable Discharge he returned to Essex.  He worked with the crew making the  film “Shipbuilders of Essex”, appearing in the film as the young groom. Following his graduation from Wentworth Institute, he began managing the family business, Terminal Garage, which was located in the center of Essex.  For over forty-five years he drove the children of Essex to school, operated  snow plows and the rubbish trucks for the Town of Essex.

In 1948 he married Ann Oakes.  Together they traveled and became an integral part of Essex.

He served on the Essex Fire Department over forty years and  was Captain of the Fire Company for twenty years,  retiring after serving ten years as Chief.  He also served on the Essex  Planning Board and the Appeals Board.

He and his family camped all over the United States and Canada,  once taking  a “road trip” to Alaska with his wife.  Along with dear friends Jack and Doris Donahue, the Burnhams traveled around the world  visiting  son Michael while he was in the Peace Corp.  They also made five cross country trips with the “Great American Old Car Race”, the two couples traveling in a 1927 Chrysler and 1936 Ford. He also loved sailing and boating on the Essex River, and enjoyed many summers at his camp on the creek at Lowe’s Island and  was avid skier, skiing in North Conway and Oregon. He  was a founding member of the Witch Hill Ski Association.

Mr. Burnham was an active member of the First Congregationalist Church of Essex and was Past Master of the Manchester Masonic Lodge.  He belonged to Scotish Rite Bodies, York Rite, ALEPPO Shriners & Eastern Star.

His legacy of hard work, community service and family devotion will live on in his sons Westley Burnham and his wife Dawn, Michael Burnham, Dana Burnham and his wife Sharlene, all of Essex, and his grand children Kelly Burnham of CT, Erin Ricker and her husband Dan of NH, Nathan, Tyler and Alec Burnham of Essex and great-grand-children Joshua & Emily Ricker of NH. He is also survived by his brother Francis Burnham and sister Nancy Lutts, both of Salem, and sister Ann Wendlandt of OR.  In addition to his wife Ann he was pre deceased by his son Dana Henry Burnham. He will be missed by Cathy (Doyle) Fraser, Margaret (Doyle) Hatfield, their families and all his friends in Davenport, Florida especially Winnie DesJardines.

His family would like the thank the nurses and staff on Johnson 2 and 5 at Beverly Hospital and the Cove Unit at Ledgewood Rehab for their kindness and care over the past three months.

His funeral service with Military Honors will be held Friday February 4 at 2 pm graveside in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex, followed by a  Memorial Funeral service 3 pm in the First Congregational Church of Essex, Main Street. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction  Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers contributions in his name may be made to the Essex Fire Company Scholarship Fund, c/0 24 Martin Street, Essex, MA 01929.

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