John Burton

John Kenneth Burton

Wednesday, May 16th, 1951 - Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
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In Loving Memory of John Burton

The one and only John K. Burton, age 69, passed away peacefully on February 24th, 2021. John was survived by his beautiful wife Ann and his daughters Julia and Taylor. He loved his girls so fiercely. John was a remarkable man’s-man, coupled with the sensitivity of your best girl friend, always ready to share some laughs, a story, or (of course) some advice. John’s siblings Theresa, Friend, and Catherine say that his special character was evident at a young age, always able to steal the show and make the whole room smile. As a child, John was assigned many nicknames that he carried with him throughout his life, including Geronimo and Hoppy (lovingly called Uncle Hoppy by his nieces and nephews).
John was a man who strived for perfection in everything he did, allowing him to run his tool and dye business with precision and success. John could fix anything- really, anything- better than it was before it was broken. His ability to visualize the physical world in great detail made him a unique creator, with his designs ranging from the “Big Green Monster”, a traveling BBQ/smoker, to a school diorama that was wired with lights, to homemade linens for his girls’ rooms. John was an exceptional orator, inspired by the words of Robert Service and Edgar Allan Poe. He could captivate an audience until the last breath of any short story or poem he so beautifully recited. John’s creativity was boundless, and he always used his brilliant mind to help the ones he loved.
John was a man of conviction, and when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2015, he made the choice to fight no matter what. He carried himself throughout his treatment with humor, valiance, and grace. His wife Ann fought tirelessly for his success, and that gave him many more years than expected with such a disease. John loved all of the good things that life had to offer. He loved hunting and exploring the woods, traveling to Key West and the Amalfi Coast, dancing with his wife, spending time with his kids, fishing, clamming, and rocking on his boat in his beloved Barnegat Bay.
John Burton- a man of so many talents and admirable qualities. A surrogate father to so many. A friend to all he met. A legend. A force of nature. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service for John will be held at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home in Gillette, NJ on March 2, 2021. The viewing times will be 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A zoom link will be provided for all those who will not be able to make the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of two charities that John loved and contributed to while he was with us.
• ECC Service Auction
o Please address checks to:
 ECC Service Auction, ℅ Shrine of St. Joseph
 1050 Long Hill Road, Stirling, NJ 07980
 Please note on the check or envelope, In Loving Memory of John Burton
• Lacey Food Bank
o Please make donations to laceyfoodbank.org/donate
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
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    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
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    Time: Mar 2, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 | 7:30pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 7:30pm
    Location
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
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Kymberly Karchik

Posted at 11:10am
We are deeply sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers! With love, Ronnie and Kym Karchik

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Bob,Joann,John,Judy,Ted,Linda,Frank,Maureen,Jim,Janie

Posted at 10:59am
John you will remain in our hearts forever. Heaven gained an Angel for sure and we will all miss you terribly. XXXOOO

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Edward Goscinski

Posted at 01:36pm
Remembering all the great times we had back in the day; Our cycling trip to PA, epic table tennis matches, close up magic, our '69 AMX, shooting pool, sharing music (Jethro Tull:), and sharing good conversation with your family in your living room in Colonia.... Rest in Peace, Ed G.
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Peter Flanigan

Posted at 03:54am
Very sorry to hear of John Kenneth’s passing. I have fond memories of him from the O’Neill Christmas parties!
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Kevin Beck

Posted at 06:20pm
Julia,
My sincerest condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time.
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