Chester “Chet” Burgess Jr
Henry Chester “Chet” Burgess
Jr., a lifelong resident of Malden, passed away on September 30,
2017. Chet was born in Malden in 1928, the son of Henry C. and
Wilheva Burgess. He was raised in Malden and graduated from
Malden High School with the Class of 1948. The following year,
he married his sweetheart, Shirley T. Johnson and the two
settled down together in Malden, sharing nearly 69 years of
Marriage. Chet Joined the Malden Fire Department in 1956, and
proudly served as a firefighter for 35 years in group 4, ladder 3.
He considered the men he served alongside, and the others who
followed his service, as his brothers.
Chet was a master lego
builder, building many complicated constructions including the
London Bridge, Disney’s Princess Castle, and the new Malden
Police Station, which is on display at Malden Police
Headquarters. He also enjoyed watching old westerns, and
fervently followed all of the Boston sport teams. He was
passionate about local and national politics, and enjoyed
sharing his opinion with whomever would pick up their phone
(much to their chagrin).
He is survived by his wife,
Shirley Burgess of Malden, his children, Jane C. Fowler of AZ,
George H. Burgess of Malden, Michael D. Burgess of Lynn, Nancy
J. Weymouth of Wilmington, Timothy R. Burgess of Medford, Judith
“Judi” R. Dokus of Littleton, and Kristine E. Burgess-Comolli of
Boxboro, and his brother, Robert Burgess of Lawrence, as well as
19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by his daughter, Doris A. Weymouth.
Chet was known to check the
Globe obituaries on a daily basis and would jokingly announce he
was not yet listed that day. Well you finally made it Dad - we
love and miss you terribly.
Visitation for Chet will be
held on Wed, Oct 4th, from 3 – 7 PM, with a prayer
service at 7. All other services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please
consider making donations to: Shriners Burn Center for Children
— Boston. C/O Development office, 51
Blossom Street Boston, MA 02114