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Noel BURTENSHAW


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Noel BURTENSHAW Obituary
BURTENSHAW, Rev. Noel Christopher Born December 12, 1936 in Dublin, Ireland to Frederick Burtenshaw and Christina Redmond Burtenshaw, died at home July 17, 2018. Father "Noel", as all affectionately called him, graduated from All Hallows College, Dublin in 1962, and immediately joined the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. The highlight of his first year of priesthood was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call to all Atlanta clergy to walk with him in Selma. He couldn't resist. In addition to assisting in many parishes and pastoring in two, he served the archdiocese as Chancellor, editor of the Georgia Bulletin, producer/celebrant of the first years of the Catholic TV Liturgy, and as very young Monsignor. After 25 years, he was welcomed into the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta where he served for 31 years. He founded St. Aiden's Episcopal Church in Marietta, GA. Upon hearing of his death, a founding member wrote: "St. Aidan's, from the beginning, was infused with Fr. Noel's spirituality; even today, we'd be a different parish if not for his presence and leadership in the formative years. He spoke about the Celtic concept of 'thin space' as those places where Heaven and Earth come close. St. Aidan's is 'thin space'; that's Fr. Noel's legacy. And, his maxim to 'Do the next right thing' has become a rule of life for me." A long-time member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church shared, "He was a beloved friend of many and now a beloved saint to all." A St. Martin's parishioner added: "He was and still is much loved, and when I think of him I always think of 'a life well-lived.'" Fr. Noel was a huge sports enthusiast. Highlights of his 56 years of living in Atlanta included witnessing Hank Aaron's 715th home run at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and proudly displaying his photo with Jack Nicklaus at The Masters. Fr. Noel recently retired from St. Martin in the Fields as Assistant Priest for Pastoral Care. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Fred Burtenshaw. He is survived by his loving wife of ten years, Sue Hughes Burtenshaw; his cousin Patricia Conway and her sons Daniel and David and extended Burtenshaw families in Dublin; his step daughter and son-in-law Sarah and Chris Williamson; Sue's son and daughter-in-law Tom and Shelley Hughes; Sue's daughter and son-in-law Kelley and Drew Beal; and grandchildren, Tate and Miles Williamson, Taylor Fusto, Maddie and Hudson Hughes and Drew and Jack Beal. A Celebration of Life and reception will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 11:00AM at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30319. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Suthers Center for Christian Outreach, 3550 Broad St., Ste. F, Chamblee, GA 30341. Internment (date to be determined) will be held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Cemetery (Honey Creek Woodlands), Conyers, GA.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 12, 2018
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