William Burton Obituary

William Lee Burton
William Lee Burton

November 3, 1933 - November 14, 2018
Born in Dayton, Ohio
Resided in Oakdale, Connecticut


Chesterfield - William Lee Burton, 85, of Chesterfield passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield.

Bill was born September 3, 1933, in Dayton, Ohio.; the son of Dale (predeceased) and Emma Burton (predeceased).

Bill is predeceased by his first wife of 58 years Beverly Burton and his brother Dale Burton Junior. He is survived by his beloved partner Shirley (Baer) (Morphis) Burton, his sister Gilberta Thompson, his nieces and nephews: Robin Feit; Sharon Ferrell; Sandra Greer and her husband Mark Greer; Tommy Thompson and his wife Nancy Thompson, his stepchildren: Tara (Morphis) Hazen and her Husband Wayne Hazen; Terry Morphis and his wife Kathy Morphis, and his grandson Quentin Hazen.

Bill had a generous heart and beautiful smile and was loved by his many endearing family members and friends.

He had an immense love of camping earlier in life and was an avid worker of woodcrafts. He took pleasure giving the joy of food and his handicrafts to others.

Bill’s family moved to Florida where he graduated from Miami Jackson High School. He went on to serve honorably for 12 years in the United States Coast Guard followed by 10 years in the United States Army, from which he retired. He went on to work for Pfizer for 30 years before retiring.

The family would like to thank Shirley Thaylor, Nancy Remmert, Kathy Kerrigan and all the wonderful people of Hartford Health Care Hospice for their compassion and kindness and all the members of the Chesterfield Fire Company for all their care and assistance.

A Viewing for Bill will be held at Neilan Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT on Nov. 19, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm. A graveside services to be held on Nov. 20, 2018 at 11 am at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Jefferson Ave, New London, CT. There will be Celebration of Bill’s Life at the Chesterfield Fire House on Nov. 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Chesterfield Fire House, the Gemma Moran Food Bank, any Hospice Group or any other charity in his name.

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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Monday, November 19, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Graveside Services
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
11:00 AM

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