Ralph Ernest Burt, Jr.

Ralph Ernest Burt, Jr.

Ralph Ernest Burt, Jr, age 83 died at Porter Medical Center on Monday, May 8th, 2023.

Ralph was born to Ralph Ernest Burt, Sr and Lucile (Matthews) Burt on May 10, 1939 in Springfield, MA.

He was a 1963 graduate of the University of Connecticut. Ralph was at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory from 1963 – 1968. Ralph worked at Sanders and Associates in Nashua, NH from 1968 – 1979. Following the move to Panton, VT he worked at BF Goodrich from 1979 until his retirement in 2005.

Ralph spent his retirement years building a kit sport-airplane (and learning how to fly it), going to kettlebell classes, volunteering as a puppy-raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and walking his beloved dog Fresca.

 Ralph leaves his wife of 59 years, Joan of Vergennes, his sons Russell (Susan) of South Burlington, Steve (Kent) of Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren Kirby Burt, Ryan Burt, Jessica Burt, Bailey Burt, Oliver Bailey-Burt, Ryan Croxford and Ruth Croxford. Ralph also leaves a sister, Elizabeth Boulanger (Gerald) of Easthampton, MA, as well as several nieces and nephews.

 Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 3 to 5 p.m. at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Those wishing to honor his life can make a donation in his name to Guiding Eyes for the Blind through their website donate.guidingeyes.org. To send online condolences to his family please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com

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Sandy Fink
1 year ago

Joan and Boys. My heartfelt sympathy to you all. I always enjoyed being with Ralph and you all. ????????????

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1 year ago

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Barry Francis
1 year ago

Ralph brought me to Vermont when he hired me.
He hiked with me in the Dax and Greens.
He skied with me from the Snowbowl to Whiteface to Sugarbush.
A lot to thank him for.
RIP Ralph.

Karen Quigley
1 year ago

I worked with Ralph at Simmonds, then many years later reconnected with him at our kettlebell classes at Vintage Fitness. He was a special person and a wonderful friend. He is so missed. May he rest in peace, free of illness and discomfort.

Sue Torrey
1 year ago

Condolences Joan and family, on the passing of Ralph. When I was town clerk I always enjoyed his office visits with his newest guide puppy. May he rest in peace.
Sue and Denny Torrey

Joe Dlubac
1 year ago

Dear Joan. I am in shock and so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. He, along with a select few, was one of my dearest friends through high school (RHS Class of ’57) and college (UConn – we even volunteered on the student radio station there – WHUS). We continued to connect during our later years thru our HS class reunions.

I found that Ralph was so matter-of-fact, and delved into all that interested him with a passion, but still could get a bit mischievous with a twinkle in his eyes. His brotherhood and companionship will be sorely missed and his loss brings an ache in my heart that will not soon go away.

God bless, Joan and Family
Joe Dlubac

Paul Sokal
1 year ago

I was saddened to learn of Ralph’s passing. Ralph encouraged me and I very much appreciated his kindness. He set up Panton’s first web site and presented a fine example of volunteering in support of one’s community. 

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