William R. Burt Jr., age 69, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at his home in Cape Coral, Florida. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 29, 1951, he was the son of the late William and Marjorie (MacDonald) Burt. He was raised in the Roslindale area of Boston and graduated from Roslindale High School with the Class of 1969. Following his graduation, William continued his education at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, earning his associate's degree with a focus on electrical installation in 1971.
After earning his degree, William enlisted in the United States Army, proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War. He completed his education at the US Army Military Police School in Georgia and was stationed at the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, New York. William was honorably discharged in September of 1973, after earning the rank of Private First Class.
Upon his return home to Roslindale, William took his knowledge of the electrical field to apply for a position with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 in Boston. He worked as a Union Electrician for thirty years and had an active role in completing the "Big Dig" construction project in Boston.
In 1979, William made his home with his family in Walpole, Massachusetts, where he enjoyed taking an active role in his children's lives. He regularly volunteered his time to coach his children's soccer and baseball teams and took on the Walpole High School 50/50 for many years, even after his children had graduated.
Sports remained a theme throughout William's life. He was an avid Boston sports fan, always cheering for his hometown teams. He also enjoyed playing basketball from the time he was a young boy through his adult years.
Beloved husband of Joan J Burt of Taylors, South Carolina.
Father of Carolyn F. Alonso of Florida, Michael W. Burt of South Carolina, Kristina J. Burt of Florida, and the late Brian J. Burt.
Adoptive father of Jonathan Burt of South Carolina, and Teresa Burt of South Carolina.
Cherished grandfather of Nathan, Zackary, and Jayden.
Devoted son of the late William and Marjorie (MacDonald) Burt.
Brother of Patricia (Burt) Todd and her husband, Robert, of Dedham, Linda (Burt) Egan and her husband, Thomas, of Boston, and the late Paul Burt.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend William's Mass of Christian Burial in Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 Diamond Street, Walpole on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Rural Cemetery in Walpole. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in William’s name may be made to: The American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839 or at www.redcross.org
Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.
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