GESNER, BURTON WINTHROP Burton Winthrop Gesner died at Middlesex Hospital - Hospice on Monday, February 25, 2013, surrounded by his family. Born September 3, 1918 in New Haven, CT, he was the son of the late Evelyn Schleicher Gesner and LeRoy Winthrop Gesner, both of Woodbridge and Madison, CT. Husband of the late Dorothy Waldron Gesner, father of Donna Gesner Watson of Clinton, Paul Burton (Denise) Gesner and Lane Waldron (Barbara) Gesner of Madison. Grandfather of five loving grandchildren - Lisa, Jeffrey, Timothy, Matthew and Daniel. Predeceased by brother, Donald, and survived by sisters, Evelyn Gesner Spencer of Fallston, MD and Adele Gesner Vynalek of Higganum, CT. He enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in July, 1942 and served three years as a Corporal Field Lineman in communications assigned to the 11th Defense Battalion spending many months in the Pacific theater (New Georgia and Solomon Islands). Burt became a Madison resident in 1925 at the age of 7 and was a lifelong resident. Was a supervisor of installers & repair at S.N.E.T. (now AT&T) where he worked for 41 years prior to his retirement in 1981. He was one of the original members of the Madison-Guilford Future Farmers of America in the early 1930's and a member for 65 years in the Guilford Grange. He was also a member of the Republican Town Committee, the Wetlands Committee and an honorary member and past president of the North Madison Volunteer Fire Department where he joined before WWII when they had only 20 members. Also a Madison Rotarian, he served on the Board of Directors and more recently was honored as a recipient of the Paul E. Harris Award. He was also a former member of the Shoreline Old Car Club and a communicant of St Margaret's Church. He and Dot built their own home in 1945 where they raised their family. He planted nice vegetable gardens and shared the crops with friends and neighbors each summer and sold Christmas trees each season. Their family was well known for raising pet deer, "Snowflake" and her babies who had many visitors over a 20-year span of time. Please join family and friends at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford for calling hours on Thursday, February 28, from 4 - 8 pm. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Madison Volunteer Fire Dept, 864 Opening Hill Rd, Madison, CT 06443 or the Madison Rotary Club, PO Box 355, Madison, CT 06443-0355. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit: www.GuilfordFuneralHome.com
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Published in The New Haven Register on Feb. 27, 2013