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Burdick, Had,

75, died December 15, 2017 in a car accident near Shelbyville.

Had, short for Hadwin, was born in Syracuse, NY on June 19, 1942. He grew up among a large family that included two brothers and three sisters. He recalled vivid memories of spending time at a family farm in Cicero, NY and exploring trails around the Onondaga Reservation outside Syracuse.

After graduating high school, he attended Syracuse School of Technology. A scholarship from the United Methodist Church allowed him to attend Union College in Barbourville, KY, where he studied English. During summers off from college, he worked in the baggage department of the Greyhound bus company and delivered oil and ice cream, jobs he remembered fondly.

After graduating from Union, he attended Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, where he earned a masters degree in theology. He was ordained in the Methodist church and served as minister at two Illinois churches. In May 1968 he left Evanston for Louisville, where he worked for Kentucky's Department of Human Services as a case manager, supervisor, and program specialist for 35 years.

He married Dona O'Sullivan in 1976. Together they had two sons and were married for 34 years, until her death in 2010.

Among his hobbies and interests were history, astronomy (he built telescopes and studied star charts), computing (he collected personal computers and started tinkering and programming in the early 1980s), and the natural world. He was particularly enamored by Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, first visiting in the 1970s and returning with his sons and again after his retirement. He spent years renovating a Victorian house in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, where he moved in 1984.

In 2012 he married Lillian Hyatt of Eminence, a friend of many years. In his final years he was an active member of the Eminence community and a member of the Greater Life Apostolic Church in Middletown.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Burdick; two sons, Kelly and Trent Burdick; a brother, Michael Burdick, and two sisters, Hazel Blazek and Estelle Burdick Edwards.

Visitation will be held at the Eminence United Pentecostal Church, 4750 Jackson Rd., on Tuesday, December 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a funeral to follow at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a tax-deductible donation to the Dona O'Sullivan Fund to Fight Homelessness, which supports projects that serve Louisville's homeless community. Donations can be sent to The Community Foundation of Louisville, 325 W. Main St., Suite 1110, Louisville, KY 40202.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2017
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