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Richard Vernon ‘Dick’ Burt

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Posted: Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:00 am

Richard Vernon “Dick” Burt, of Maxwell Drive, Titusville, died peacefully at Hamot Hospital in Erie on Sunday, March 5, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Born Aug. 10, 1933, in Crosby, Pa., to parents Vernon Arthur and Mazie Belle (Henrich), he married his childhood sweetheart, Donna Jean Henery, on New Year’s Day 1954. She and his brother, Wayne, preceded him in death.

Richard is survived by the pride of his life, his three sons, Richard D. Burt and wife, Holly, of Titusville, William Burt and wife, Kim, of Meadville, and Michael Burt and wife, Jody, of Titusville.

In addition, he is survived by his brother’s children, Debbie Faucher and David, Dwayne, Craig, and Roy Burt. Also surviving are nieces Cindy Balestrino, Chris Daugherty; nephew, William Hungiville; and his brother-in-law, Bill Hungiville, of Smethport.

With unreserved love, Dick enjoyed being a part of his grandchildren’s lives: Nicholas Burt, of Chicago, Matthew Burt, of Titusville, Lindsey Burt, of New York City, Jessie Rose, of Titusville, Andrea Vincent, of Cranberry, Jamie Burt, of Tionesta, James Burt, of Macon, Ga., and Joseph Burt, of Titusville.

He delighted in his five young great-grandchildren: Riley, Sean, Logan, and Landon Rose, and Chandler Vincent.

Dick served as president of his class at Smethport High, lettering in track and basketball, graduating in 1952. He earned a business degree from Alfred State in 1959, following two years of service and an honorable discharged from the Army.

Dick spent his early career as a salesman for General Mills, in Buffalo, N.Y., and later moved to Titusville after accepting a position with INA, the Insurance Company of North American. When the opportunity arose, he returned home to Smethport, purchasing Burdick’s Insurance, on Main Street, where he and his wife carved out a wonderful life near friends and family where they had grown up.

Dick was a 32nd Degree Mason, a 50-year member most recently of McKean Lodge No. 388.

An active Rotarian since 1983, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1998. Dick served as treasurer of the Smethport chapter, from 1987 to 2005, and had been an honorary member of the Smethport chapter since.

Dick returned to Smethport High School in 1990 to serve 10 years on the school board.

Since 1976, he maintained membership in the amateur radio society.

He was a manager at the Rose Hill Cemetery, in Smethport, for many years.

Born to a family of outdoorsmen, Dick instilled a passion for the outdoors in his sons and their families at Bear Head Lodge, up Christian Hollow.

He maintained a long tenure as member and president of the Oil Creek Beagle Club. An avid golfer, he socialized in leagues as a member of Smethport Country Club and enjoyed the same camaraderie on courses in and around Titusville.

Dick avidly followed his sons’ and grandchildren’s sports, as a fan, coach, and certified baseball umpire.

His melodic booming baritone echoes still in the ears of players and umpires alike.

No public calling hours will be observed.

Following his wishes he will be buried alongside his wife, in Crosby, in the spring.

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