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|Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:54 am Post subject: Donald C. Burlingame Willow Dale Cemetery
|Donald C. Burlingame, 71, of 85 Lang Maid Lane, died Wednesday, October 31, 2007 in Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Born June 7, 1936, in Port Allegany, PA, he was the son of Herman E. and Ethel McIntosh Burlingame. On November 2, 1998, in Limestone, N.Y. he married Christi L. Nelson who survives.
On July 2, 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an aide to the Brigadier General in Tokyo for two years. He was honorably discharged as an Airman 2nd class on November 21, 1957. In 1957, he was appointed by Ivern J. Norton, mayor of Olean, N.Y. to the Olean Fire Department. He then worked for Nassau County for seven years. In 1969 he passed the New York State Civil Service test and worked as a police officer at SUNY in Long Island until 1972, when he retired due to a work injury. In 1972 he formed Bellmore-Merrick Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Bellmore, N.Y. where he was first deputy chief and taught drivers training until 1977.
Mr. Burlingame was a member of the Bradford Moose Lodge #124, a former member of the Knights of Columbus Council #403, where he was knighted in 1979, and a former member of the American Legion in Olean. He was chairman of the McKean County military support group during the Persian Gulf War. He had previously run for City Council and for the Bradford Area School Board. He was a past chairman of the Bradford Zoning Board.
Mr. Burlingame was a member of St. Bernard Church, where he served as head usher at the noon Mass, was a member of the St. Bernard Men's Social Club and served on the committee for St. Bernard Annual Summer Festival, where he was also a master of ceromony.
In addition to is wife, Mr. Burlingame is survived by three daughters, Donna M. Wackwitz of Olean, Deborah A. Harris of Olean, and Linda A. Hilbun of Soso, Miss.; three sons, Donald A. Burlingame of Norfolk, Va. Patrick M. Burlingame of Troy, Ohio, and Robert E. Burlingame of Troy; five sisters, Patricia A. Golden of Bradford, Joanne Miller in Florida, Rose Marie Burlingame of Smethport, Catherinie Hackett of Cresent City, Florida and Audrey Hewitt of Portville, N.Y.; four brothers, William A. Burlingame of Olean, Louis J. Burlingame of Mesa, Ariz., George "Roger" Burlingame of San Pablo, Calif., and Richard N. Burlingame of Bradford; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mr. Burlingame was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; two half sisters; and one son, David Burlingame.
Friends are invited to call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home Inc., South Avenue, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor, celebrating. Military honors and committal services will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.
A Christian wake service will be held at 8:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.