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Hobart Jay Burd Sr.

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FRANKLIN - Hobart Jay Burd Sr., 87, died after a long illness at his home Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

Born to Hobart C. and Doris D. Burd in Allamuchy, he had been a lifelong resident of Franklin.

Mr. Burd left high school at 17 to serve with the United States Navy during World War II, where he served in the Battle of Okinawa before being discharged to finish high school in 1946, graduating in 1947. Jay then received his Bachelor of Arts in social studies from Bradley University in Illinois in 1952 and his Master of Arts in business administration from Montclair University in 1964.

Jay taught social studies and physical education and also was the athletic director at Hamburg High School from 1952 until 1957, when he went to teach physical education at Franklin Elementary School. He became principal of the K-6 grades of Franklin Elementary and in 1983 was principal of the K-8 grades, retiring in 1986. Jay was a member of the Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame and very well recognized for all of his coaching and contributions to the local sports programs.

Mr. Burd was predeceased by his wife, Anna Marie Burd (2000), and a daughter, Therese Marie (1967). He was the devoted father of Elizabeth Ann Major, of Clarkville, Ga., Ronald Burd, of Franklin, Mari Jo Spina, of Tafton, Pa., Jay Burd Jr., of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., Gerard Burd, of Salisbury, Md., Peter Burd, of Fairfield, James Burd, of Franklin, Thomas Burd, of Durham, N.H., and John Burd, of Hamburg; cherished by 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; dear brother of Joan Bertalan, of Ogdensburg.

The family will receive their friends at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. A funeral from the funeral home will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, followed by a 10:15 a.m. funeral service at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Franklin. Interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Hardyston.

Memorial gifts to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860 would be appreciated.

Information and condolences can be found at www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 24, 2013
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