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James Alexander Burnett

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mr. James Alexander Burnett, 89, a resident of Main St., died Wednesday Jan. 7, 2004 at Sweetbrook Care Center, following a long illness.

He was born in Cambridge, M March 16, 1914. He was the son of the late James and Elizabeth (Booth) Burnett. He received his early education in Cambridge, and was a 1932 graduate of the former Williamstown High School. While in high school, Mr. Burnett excelled in baseball and football.

He was a member of the semi-pro football team Braytons, of North Adams. James married the former Olive Emmeline Clark Aug. 23, 1941 in Vergennes, Vt.

Mr. Burnett’s parents founded the Williamstown Food Shop on Spring Street, which Mr. Burnett took over in the 1940s. He was a well known as a baker.

Following his retirement, James was employed by the Howard Johnson Restaurant chain. He was the only full-time baker employed by Howard Johnsons at the time. He worked there for 12 years.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown and a former member of the Williamstown Rotary Club and a former trustee of the Williamstown Savings Bank. He enjoyed skiing and hockey and in earlier years was a member of the Bromley Mountain Ski Patrol.

Survivors include his wife, Olive E. Burnett of Williamstown; two sisters, Margaret B. Leete of Williamstown and Jean Potter of Guilford, Conn.; one brother William Burnett of Londonderry, Vt.; and four nephews.

At the request of Mr. Burnett, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Burnett may be made to the Village Ambulance Service or ones favorite charity through the office of the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring St., Williamstown, MA 01267.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 9, 2004
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