BURDICK - Dr. Michael F. June 16, 2014, of Chino Valley, AZ, formerly of Amherst, NY, entered into rest after a long battle with cancer under the care of Hospice. Son of the late Clyde R. and Isabelle M. Burdick of Amherst; brother of Raymond (Gail), Thomas (Sandy), Gerry (John Mays), Patrick Burdick, Maria Dietrich (James) and Judith Czapla; survived by many nieces and nephews; good friend of Richard and Dave Ohlsen. Michael received his Master of Music from University of Houston and his Doctorate in Philosophy from Indiana University and taught at the Music Conservatory of Chicago, prior to its closing in 1981. Michael moved to California and Arizona working several jobs prior to retiring due to his illness in 2012. Michael had a love for Music, especially the Piano and rescued unwanted dogs with his friends. Friends describe him as " the nicest person you could ever meet". Per Michael's wishes, no memorial service will be held. He was cremated and his ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean by the Neptune Society.
Published in the Buffalo News on July 1, 2014