Edward C. Bur­ton Jr.

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CAM­BRIDGE — Edward Cluff Bur­ton Jr., 89, of Cam­bridge, Md., passed away at Ch­e­sa­peake Woods Cen­ter on Mon­day, Sept. 25, 2017. He was born in Cam­bridge on Feb. 11, 1928, and was the son of the late Mil­dred Cluff and Edward C. Bur­ton Sr.

Ed at­tended schools in Dorch­ester County and grad­u­ated from Cam­bridge High School in 1944 and from the Mercers­burg Academy in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947, in­clud­ing be­ing a mem­ber of the Cold War “Task Force

Frigid” in Alaska. Sub­se­quently, he at­tended Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, where he stud­ied chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. He left univer­sity at the age of 21 to join the Cam­bridge Gas Com­pany as pres­i­dent. On March 17, 1950, he mar­ried Norma Lee Grupe.

In 1958, he joined Ch­e­sa­peake Util­i­ties Cor­po­ra­tion and even­tu­ally be­came chief

ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and chair­man of the board. While work­ing at Ch­e­sa­peake Util­i­ties, he re­ceived his B.A. in busi­ness from Sal­is­bury Univer­sity in 1978. Af­ter his re­tire­ment in 1983, he con­tin­ued as chair­man of the board and con­sul­tant to Ch­e­sa­peake Util­i­ties, work­ing pri­mar­ily on ac­qui­si­tions un­til his fi­nal re­tire­ment in 1988. In ad­di­tion, he re­sumed man­age­ment of the Cam­bridge Gas Com­pany in 1970 upon the death of his brother, un­til it was ac­quired by Ch­e­sa­peake Util­i­ties in 1986. For the past eight years, he lived with his daugh­ter, Dr.

Cather­ine (Cassie) Bur­ton, in Cam­bridge, with help from his care­givers, Mary Grif­fith and In­dia Thomas, up un­til his re­cent ill­ness.

Ed was a mem­ber of the Boumi Tem­ple (Shriners) and Cam­bridge Lodge No. 66 A.F. & A.M., where he was the next-to-old­est sur­viv­ing past mas­ter. He was also a mem­ber of Dorch­ester Post #91 Amer­i­can Le­gion and Cam­bridge Lodge No. 1272 B.P.O.E., and for a num­ber of years was a mem­ber of the Greater Sal­is­bury Com­mit­tee. Ed had a num­ber of in­ter­ests over the years, most

pre­dom­i­nately his fam­ily, and in his re­tire­ment years, with the Sal­va­tion Army, serv­ing as chair­man of the Board of Ad­vi­sors and as a vol­un­teer/su­per­vi­sor at the Thrift Store. In ad­di­tion, he loved trav­el­ing, an­tiques, gar­den­ing, read­ing, art/ar­chi­tec­ture, his­tory, Bal­ti­more foot­ball (Colts and Ravens) and the Ori­oles.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 67 years, Norma Lee Bur­ton; and three daugh­ters, Con­stance (Con­nie) Bur­ton of Gas­to­nia, N.C., Cather­ine (Cassie) Bur­ton of Cam­bridge and Karen Bur­ton McDaniel of Durham, N.C. He is also sur­vived by one grand­son, Matthew Cluff McDaniel and his wife Brandi of Durham, N.C.; two great­grand­chil­dren, Sa­van­nah McDaniel and Turner Ross McDaniel; one sis­ter-in-law, Joan Bur­ton of Ch­ester­town; good friend, Dr. Don Har­mon of An­napo­lis; and a num­ber of nieces and neph­ews. In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, he was pre­ceded in death by his grand­son,

Ross Edward McDaniel; son-in-law, Jerry Sailer; and brother, Robert Bur­ton.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice was held on Thurs­day, Oct. 5, 2017, 1 p.m. at Im­manuel United Church of Christ in Cam­bridge, with Rev. Dale Kro­tee of­fi­ci­at­ing. The fam­ily re­ceived friends from noon to 1 p.m. pre­ced­ing the ser­vice.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Ross McDaniel Chil­dren’s En­dow­ment Fund at the Brain Tu­mor Cen­ter at Duke, Box 3624, DUMC, Durham, NC 27710. Please ref­er­ence “Duke-18BT” and “Edward Bur­ton Me­mo­rial,” All pro­ceeds from this en­dow­ment go di­rectly to sup­port the ex­tra­or­di­nary brain tu­mor re­search be­ing done at Duke by Ross’s neuro-on­col­o­gist, Dr. Henry Friedman, and his team.

Ar­range­ments are in the care of the Thomas Fu­neral Home P.A. in Cam­bridge. Let­ters of con­do­lence may be sent to www.thomas­fu­ner­al­homepa.com.

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