Thomas J. Burtnick

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Burtnick, J. Thomas REXFORD J.Thomas Burtnick, 84, passed peacefully on October 14, 2018, surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Tom was born in Troy, and was the son of the late Mary Burtnick. He was educated in Troy City Schools, and as a teenager was named "Boy of the Year" for the Troy Boys Club. Tom enlisted in the US Navy in 1953, stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, serving on the U.S.S. Intrepid. After military discharge, Tom married Virginia Mucha of Chicago after meeting at a USO dance and began their journey together. After returning to Troy, Tom owned and operated Tom's Barbershop in Lansingburgh for over 50 years, where he cut hair and developed many long lasting friendships sharing his love for the NY Yankees and Giants. In his spare time, Tom enjoyed swimming, woodworking, playing darts and being with his beloved family. He was active within his local community, involved in the parade committee to honor the 200th Anniversary of Lansingburgh. He founded and coached the swim team for the Lansingburgh Boys Club, coached the Troy Patriots Pop Warner Football team, Lansingburgh Little League and Independent Baseball teams and was a five year Lansingburgh School District board member inducted into the Lansingburgh Education Foundation Hall of Fame. When the Veterans of Lansingburgh relocated to their present home, Tom played an instrumental part in its planning and remodeling and is one of the original Life Members of the Veterans of Lansingburgh. Tom was named 2012 "Man of the Year" Friends of 112th Street and was 2017 Grand Marshal of the Lansingburgh Memorial Day parade. Tom was a loyal friend, willing to extend a helping hand no matter the need or circumstances. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Virginia Burtnick; daughters, Debra Wood (Phil), Judy Baker (Chuck) and son Timothy Burtnick (Kelly); grandchildren, Philip Wood (Lizzie), Chase Baker (Kathryn), Mallory Sulz (Greg), Sarah Wood, Alexandra and Carly Burtnick; great-grandchildren, Adeline Wood and Charlie Baker. He was predeceased by his grandson Brett Thomas Baker. Calling hours will be 4 to7 p.m. Wednesday, October 17 at Frank P. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, 870 2nd Ave., Troy, NY 12182. Funeral services 9:30 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church, 25 115th St., Troy, NY 12182, followed with full military honors and interment at Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylervile, NY 12871. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the 5th floor nursing staff, station 2, at St. Peter's Hospital. Tom, Dad, Papa, Uncle TT and Dear Friend will be remembered for his smile, hearty laugh and positive energy, always the life of the party! In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Tom's name can be made to Lansingburgh Veterans, 777 1st Avenue, Troy, NY 12182. For online condolences please visit mcdonaldandsonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Oct. 16, 2018
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