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Harley J. Burchinal

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Harley J. Burchinal Obituary
Harley J. Burchinal

Cape Coral - Harley Joseph Burchinal lost his battle with dementia on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Home in Port Charlotte, FL leaving behind his friend MaryAnn Logue to cherish his memories. He was born January 16, 1931 to Harley and Mary Burchinal in Detroit, MI who preceded him in death; as well as brother, George.

Hal served 4 years in the Korean Conflict, a tour of duty in France at Orly Airforce base, and served as an Air Police.

Civically, he was an active member of; American Legion #0400, V.F. W #8463, Elks, Moose, Eagles, Cop Shop, as well as German American and Italian American organizations. Hal was also a parishioner of St. Andrews Catholic Church.

Professionally, he was a Greyhound bus driver for 20 years in Michigan and Ohio. After relocating to the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area in 1972, Hal saw a need for a tour bus company; he filled that need by creating "Hals Angels". For 50 years as owner and operator, he never advertised and consistently booked trip after trip. His proudest accomplishments were driving over two million miles without a moving violation or accident and his ability to recite the bus drivers code from memory. Hal was not only an owner, driver, and tour agent, he was also a sit-down comedian. During trips he told jokes and stories of ethnic flavor and on the last leg of trips for home at sundown, he had all passengers singing "How Great Thou Art".

Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.
Published in The News-Press on May 16, 2018
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