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Ronald E. Burton

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Age 67, a longtime resident of Framingham, died an Saturday, September 13, 2003 after a four year battle with bone cancer (multiple myeloma). Husband of 44 years to Jo Ann (Jourdain) Burton of Framingham. Born in Springfield, Ohio on July 25, 1936, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Mary E. (Wilson) Burton. Besides his wife Jo Ann, he is survived by his children; Stephen Burton, Elizabeth Burton-Scott, Ron Burton Jr., Philip Burton and Paul Burton. He is also survived by his five grandchildren; Kendall, Kayla, Austin, and Veronica Burton and Roman Scott. Mr. Burton was a Shriner, a Mason, an Eagle Scout and a high school All-American, collegiate All-American and Hall of Famer at Northwestern University and a number one draft choice of the AFL Boston Patriots. He was also an Executive at John Hancock for over 35 years. Mr Burton was known not only for his athletics, but for his extensive community outreach. As a lifelong desire to give back to the community, he established the Ron Burton Training Village in 1985, whose mission is to help underprivileged children ages 11- 17. Not only does the camp train kids physically and educationally but it also teaches children the values of love, peace, patience and humility. The program is designed to build self esteem, self reliance, love for God, love for others and racial harmony. Against his lawyer's and banker's advice, he invested ail of his assets in building "a place where everyone loves one another" To date over 2000 kids have attended this camp. During the Korean War, Mr. Burton served in the US Army. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Thursday at 11 AM at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church, 88 Tremont St., Boston, MA. Commital Services will follow in Edgell Grove Cemetery, 53 Grove St. at Framingham Centre. Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 2-5 and 7-9 PM in the Plymouth Church, United Church of Christ, 87 Edgell Road, Framingham Center. Arrangements are under the care of the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St., (corner of Union Ave.) FRAMINGHAM. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Mr. Burton's memory may be made to the Ron Burton Training Village, P.O. Box 2, Hubbardston, MA 01452.
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