David E. Burgess
Lebanon, N.H. — David E. Burgess, age 84, of 80 Young Street, Lebanon died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the Presidential Oaks Nursing Home in Concord, N.H. He passed with great grace and dignity after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born March 20, 1926, in Littleton, N.H., David attended a one room schoolhouse in North Lisbon until grade 8, graduating from Lisbon High School in 1944. After graduation he enlisted and until the end of World War II served as a yeoman with the Fifth Amphibious Fleet Command headquartered in Pearl Harbor. After the war David attended Laconia Business College, settling down in Littleton where he met and married his wife, Florence in 1947. In 1950, he was hired as an accountant by New England Power Company in Littleton and in 1966, he moved to Lebanon where he eventually became Manager of Granite State Electric Company. Some years later he became Manager of Community Relations for the combined NEP and GSE organizations. He retired after 37 years of service in 1988.
In Littleton, David was active in the community, at various times he was: treasurer of the winter carnival, business manager for the Town Baseball and Basketball teams, coach and president of Little League baseball, and director of the Chamber of Commerce. He joined VFW Post 816 in 1950 and was a life-long member.
In Lebanon, he was again heavily involved in community service: for 18 years he was treasurer of Dollars for Scholars and he is a past president; he was on the board of directors for the Carter Community Building Association for many years and is a past president; he served as a director for the Upper Valley Senior Center; he was secretary of the Lebanon Lions Club and is a past King Lion; and he was on the Rotary board of directors and is a past president. He was a recipient of the Rotary’s prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award. He also volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America serving many years as chairman of the annual Quechee Golf Classic.
David was a long time member of the North Country Business Management Association, a director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and a member of both the N.H. Business and Industrial Association and the Vermont Electric Council. In 1988, he received the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and Governor John Sununu recognized him with a written commendation for his achievements and many years of dedicated service to his company, the community, and the State of New Hampshire.
David and his family enjoyed nearly 50 summers at their cottage on Forest Lake in Whitefield, N.H., hosting annual family reunions and maintaining connections with their north-country heritage and friends. He was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Bethlehem Country Club, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and skiing. He was a lifelong stamp and coin collector and fan of the Red Sox and Patriots. By any measure David was a dedicated and loving husband and father. In life he was hard-working, honest, mild-mannered, friendly, unassuming and generous. He gave his all to family, community and country; he left nothing on the field and never once sought praise or reward. Our lives are forever enriched by men like him.
David is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florence (McLeod); his sons, Wayne E. of Webster and Bruce A. of Londonderry; three grandchildren, Briana J. Burgess of Londonderry, Matthew D. Burgess of Dorchester, Mass. and Megan R. Murphy of White River Jct., Vt; and his great grand-daughter, Violet of Dorcheste, Mass. He is predeceased by his daughter, Susan E. Murphy of White River Junction.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to David’s House, P.O. Box 660, Lebanon, NH 03766 or to a local school scholarship fund.
A grave-site service will be held later this summer when his cremated remains are interred at the Glenwood Cemetery in Littleton, N.H.