John M. "Jack" Burgess
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BURGESS John M. "Jack" of Belmont, August 26, 2010. Beloved husband of Mary T. Burgess (Foley). Father of John M. Burgess and his wife Jacqueline of Arlington, Michael J. Burgess and his wife Lynda of Acton, Susan and her husband Michael Cox of Belmont, and Megan Burgess of Arlington. Loving Papa of Jake Burgess, Christine Russell, Olivia Burgess and Aiden Burgess, Margaret and Matthew Cox. Brother of James B. Burgess and his wife Deb of CT, Frank Burgess and his wife Mary of Peabody, Susan and her husband Joseph Chin of Wilmington, Margaret Donovan of Somerville, Jane Burgess of Somerville, and the late Peter Burgess. Also survived by many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral from the Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Road, BELMONT, on Tuesday, August 31, at 8:00 A.M. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, 128 Common Street, Belmont, at 9:00 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Monday from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Interment Highland Meadow Cemetery, Belmont. Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to BIDMC Support of Melanoma Research, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA, 02215. On line guest book at

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Published in Boston Herald from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2010.
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September 2, 2010
Mr. Burgess was a teacher of mine at PHCS in Somerville. My condolences for your loss.
Jim Powers
September 1, 2010
John and family, sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I speak on behalf of myself and the Belmont Fire Dept. with our deepest condolences. I took Jack for a ride to the hospital a few weeks back. It was so sad to see him in that condition so quick. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sean Ryan
Sean Ryan
September 1, 2010
mary & family, sorry to learn about jack. i sold him his first piece of income property. jack was a prince. warmest regards, charlie casassa
August 30, 2010
Mary, John, Michael, Susan and Megan--
We are so deeply saddened by the passing of Jackie. We both knew him more than 40 years ago in Somerville. After we bought a summer home in Wells we reconnected with him. Often we asked him to stop working and join us for lunch at the Midway pool so we could take a 'walk down memory lane' together. How we all enjoyed those conversatons. He often spoke of his family-how proud he was-his love bubbling over! He was a kind and great man and we will truly miss him---rest in peace, Jackie..
Bob & Elaine O'Connor
August 30, 2010
Susan and Family - My sincere sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Caroline Hymoff
August 30, 2010
Mary and Family,
My deepest sympathy on the great loss you have suffered. Jack was a great colleague and friend. He will be missed and thought of often.
Marjie Gorman
August 30, 2010
Margaret, My prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Karen Molina
August 30, 2010
Mr. Burgess was one of my earliest coaches and my friends' Dad. I was always struck by his demeanor. Even as a kid he was a man you respected for his kindness and his strength of character. He never felt the need to be loud or bully you but his soft spoken manner still got his point across. In a word, he was solid. He was a solid coach, solid teacher, solid Belmontian, solid husband and solid father. He was a man I liked very much and enjoyed playing for and being around.
Mrs. Burgess, John, Mike, Susan and Megan, the world is a little less than because your Dad is not in it. You have my deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences.
Bill Almond
August 30, 2010
Burgess Family,

Im so sorry for your loss. My family and I spent many years going to the Midway and Jack was always so good to us and the kids. He will truley be missed!!
Michelle LaMonica-Mackie
August 30, 2010
Dear Mary and Family,
I always enjoyed talking with Jackie. He had a great sense of humor and was always a thoughtful, caring guy. May he rest in peace.
Gerard Mahoney
August 29, 2010
Uncle Jackie was such an amazing man...I will miss him. Jack always had the knack to make people feel comfortable and loved whenever he was around. I will always appreciate the great conversations and memories I have of him.

He loved his family so much and because he was so proud of them, he had the strength and courage to fight such a difficult battle.

Jack--You have fought the good have finished the race.

Sympathy to the Burgess family during this difficult time.
When you need a smile, remember the good times, they will help you get through.

Love to Uncle Jack! Rest peacefully.

Debbie Donovan
Debra Donovan
August 29, 2010

My condolences to you and your family for your loss.
Joan Dudley
August 29, 2010
Mr. Burgess was a teacher in my elementary school. He was well loved by all of the students. Such a wonderful teacher and wonderful man who touched so many lives in such a positive and lasting way. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. God bless.
Sheryl Connors
August 29, 2010
Dear Mary and Family,
I was saddened to learn of Jack's death. Please know that he is in my prayers. May your memories of Jack help you through the grieving process.
Barbara Kane
August 29, 2010
This is very sad news indeed. I enjoyed talking briefly with Jackie at the reunion last November. He told me how much he was enjoying his retirement or semi-retirement and his grandchildren. He was always the most kind and gentle person you could meet unless you were a half-back or full-back on the opposing football team...

...or for that matter a full-back on our own team. As tenth graders, Coach Zammarchi had us scrimmage against the seniors among whom was this particular full-back named Larry Webber, about as big and as tough as Somerville could produce and as a line-backer Jackie would stop him completely in his tracks. Needless to say, Jackie was at least half his size.

Jackie carried his resolve amazingly well and will always be remembered. R.I.P. Virgil Aiello
August 29, 2010
Sharing in your sorrow and offering heartfelt sympathy.
Maureen Santoro
August 29, 2010
Dear Mary and family,

Eric and I send our deepest regrets. I have always felt priviledged to be your next door neighbor and friend. Seeing Jack play with his children and grandchildren from my kitchen window over so many years, I often thought what an unpretentious, good man -- a wonderful, caring husband, father, grandfather, brother,uncle, and friend. Add to that his success in teaching, hospitality, and real estate and Jack's life is an impressive one. He leaves a legacy that lives on forever as evidenced by the care and devotion of Mary, Megan and John, Michael,Susan (and families).
Lucia Arno-Bernsen
August 29, 2010
Jackie was a Classmate at Somerville High and always got to see him every 5 years at our Reunions. He was an outstanding athlete. We have been by the Motel in Wells to see him also. May he rest in peace.
Nancy & Bob Barletta
August 28, 2010
Mr. Burgess was my 6th grade teacher at the PHCS and I also saw him throughout my adult life traveling around Somerville managing his properties...He was always so interested in my life. He was a wonderful teacher and still 30 years later remembered us all with humor. A truly sweet and caring man! God bless you Mr. Burgess in your journey to your new place in heaven!
Sondra Aiello-Papatsoris
August 28, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Paul Conroy
August 28, 2010
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
James Burgess
August 28, 2010
Words are such poor tools to adequately express our sorrow over the loss of Jack. He was truly a great friend and we loved him and will truly miss him.
Our prayers are with you Mary.
Edwina & John Regan
August 28, 2010
With Our Deepest Sympathy, Elaine, Jeanette and Gayle from Braintree Macy's
Elaine Cedrone
August 28, 2010
Jack was a great man and always made us feel at home when we came to visit. I will miss seeing him and taking with him. My condolences to Mary and the entire family
John Pellegrino
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