1929 - 2021
Douglass Funeral Home - Lexington
51 Worthen Road
Lexington, MA
BURNELL, George A. Of Lexington, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family November 3, 2021 at the age of 92. George was born on August 27, 1929 in Buffalo, New York to Levi George and Alyce (Houghton) Burnell. After growing up in Lexington, Massachusetts, he graduated from Lexington High School and then went on to earn degrees from Boston University and the University of Akron. He served in the Air Force and had a long career in manufacturing and business. George served the Town of Lexington proudly for over forty years as a town meeting member, including serving on many town committees, and as a Selectman for two terms. George served his community and pursued his consulting career passionately until the end of his life. He was an avid skier and sailor who loved to travel but especially loved spending time with his family, who are grateful to have had his love and support.

George had a loving forty-nine year partnership, including a 36 year marriage to his beloved wife Mary Connors Burnell. He was the loving father to four daughters Susan Burnell and her husband Hans von Spakovsky of Vienna, Virginia, Alyce Burnell of Natick, Nancy Coughlin and her husband Timothy of Darien, Connecticut, and Barbara Coughlin and her husband Michael of Natick. He was also the proud grandfather to eleven grandchildren Elisabeth, Christopher and Anna von Spakovsky, Aliza and Isabel Greenstein, Isadora, Matthew, Daniel and Carolan Coughlin, and Maggie and Jack Coughlin. He was also a loving brother to the late Robert Burnell of Jacksonville, VT; and uncle to Gregory, Jennefer, Bjorn Burnell and their children; and brother to Judy Royce of Reading. He is also survived by his former wife Claire Carolan Burnell of Natick.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 8th at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Road, LEXINGTON at 1:00pm. Visiting Hours Sunday from 3:00 - 6:00pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lexington Bicentennial Band. Lexington
Published by Boston Globe from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2021.
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Mary, we were so very sorry to hear of George's death. He was filled with such a zest for life. Know that our prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
Sarah and Joe Crow
November 9, 2021
George contributed much to society including the sailing community, and the town of Lexington. He is sincerely missed.
Dennis McKay
November 8, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to you and your extended family. To know him was to love him. George's spirit will live on in each one of us! God Bless.
Larry Smith
November 8, 2021
A great man. It was a pleasure to have known and shared great times with George. Mary, Bernie and I thinking of you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you and yours. May he Rest In Peace
Aedan Gleeson
November 7, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences to you, Alyce, & your family. Amy & family.
Steinmetz Amy
November 6, 2021
Mary, we were so saddened to hear of George's death, but this was quickly replaced by so many happy memories. What an amazing man, with such boundless energy on shore and at sea. It was truly a privilege for us to have worked with him in the Blue Water Sailing Club and to be his friend. He will be missed, but he left behind so many wonderful memories.
Brian and Susan Schanning
November 5, 2021
Mary, I offer you and your family and friends my heartfelt condolences on George's passing. He was an enthusiastic leader in Blue Water Sailing Club, which is where we met. I am sorry for your loss.
Cathryn Griffith
November 5, 2021
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