George N. Burnham, Jr.

Born in Pittsfield, MA on October 31, 1931

Departed on March 31, 2021 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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George N. Burnham, Jr., 89 of Hendersonville, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. He is preceded in death by his wife Betty of 53 years, parents, George Sr. and Dorothy Burnham along with two brothers. Survived by his four daughters. Jane (Doug) Wade, Carol O’Brien, Diane (Steve) Summitt and Linda Parker, sisters, Nancy (Tommy) Engwer, Beverly Wiley and Marge Florence. George is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren along with many extended family and friends.

George was born on October 31, 1931 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to the late George Sr. and Dorothy Burnham. Early on in Massachusetts, he worked for the railroad installing communication poles. He served in the United States Army as a crew chief on Huey helicopters. George served 2 tours in Vietnam and also served in Korea. He had many stories of flying with the “crazy” Lieutenants during his tours. George retired from the Army in 1978 and briefly sold insurance before managing a Tandy leather store in Nashville. He then started his own home business as a Leather Craftsman which included making leather guitar straps for several nationally known country musicians. George was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. His favorite holiday was Thanksgiving when his whole family would get together. George was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a generous man and widely respected in his field. Always willing to help out his fellow leather craftsmen.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 East Main Street in Hendersonville on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s name can be made to a charity on one’s choice.

The funeral home requests that those attending to please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

12 Comments to George N. Burnham, Jr.

  1. Jessica Rickman
    April 3, 2021 8:27 pm

    Dearest Di,
    Our prayers, love, and sincerest sympathy are with you and your family. May God strengthen you and keep you surrounded by His mighty peace that surpasses all understanding.
    Love in Christ,
    Clark, Jessica, and Ginger Rickman

  2. Roz Folk
    April 3, 2021 9:53 pm

    I believe I am seeing a Masted Sargents stripes!! Absolutely regret never meeting this patriot who served his country with honor. Keeping you in my heart ❤️
    You honored him with your loving care during his life, and there is nothing better then that.

  3. Mike & Cristina Burnham
    April 4, 2021 8:38 am

    Jane, Carol, Diane, Linda and family, my deepest sympathies to you all for your loss! Uncle Bucky was a great man and an example to the entire Burnham clan! He will be dearly missed. My heart is broken that I never made it down to see him. I have so many fond memories of the family together so many years ago. May God bless you all and give you strength during this sad time! May he Rest In Peace! Oh the times the Burnham Boys must be having in Heaven now…

  4. Joseph Rock
    April 4, 2021 11:19 am

    My thoughts to the Burnham family. Joseph

  5. Bruce devries
    April 4, 2021 11:38 am

    George was a true patriot a real gentleman and a wonderful craftsman and a really good friend helpful in every way he will be missed

  6. Lauren Bugg
    April 4, 2021 1:12 pm

    Di, we know where your strengths come from as well as your talents and your care for others. We are all praying for you at this hard time. We all love you and through you to your family.
    He was a grand man.

  7. Nncy Engwer
    April 5, 2021 10:08 am

    Girls our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I loved him very much and there is a another hole in my heart now. We are unable to travel so our love is with all of you. Aunt Nancy and U:ncle Tom

  8. Beverly Wiley
    April 5, 2021 12:52 pm

    My Dear Nieces. Words cannot express the sadness I am feeling right now. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was indeed a fantastic brother and a good friend to so many. Wish I could travel,but unfortunately I am unable to. I will keep you in my prayers. Much Love. Aunt “

  9. Jill Lane
    April 6, 2021 3:48 am

    Dear Burhnam I am so sorry for the loss of your brother . I am sending lots of love and prayers to you all. With much love Jill lane

  10. Rosemary La Mastus
    April 6, 2021 10:14 am

    My sympathy to all of Georges family. I grew up in Washington so the family was part of my childhood. RIP George.

  11. Micha Kling
    April 6, 2021 7:54 pm

    Dear Di,
    I am sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him terribly. I am praying for you and your family.
    Love to you.

  12. Bob Kitchener
    April 7, 2021 10:53 am

    My old buddy George- like a business partner to me for over 30 years, learned so much from him. He helped us greatly, was a big part of our success. It was a privilege to know him, he will be sorely missed.

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