John Joseph Burnham Sr.
John J. Burnham, a lifelong resident
of Malden passed away early Saturday morning, November 23, 2019
in the Winchester Hospital, he was 96. John was the son of the
late George & Lillian (Rainer) Burnham. He was born in Ipswich,
MA and later the family moved to Malden. He was educated in the
Malden School system.
John would later get the call to
serve his country, he joined the U.S. Army an later became a
heavy truck driver, driving 10 ton trucks. He saw action in New
Guinea & the Battle of Luzon, in the Philippines. He was later
discharged in January of 1946 as a Sergeant.
After the war John took employment with the B & M Railroad as a
Train engineer, working out of Boston and North Station. He
loved his job with the railroad. One memorable trip that his
son, John tagged along with him on, was The Hoosac Tunnel Run,
it’s a 4.75-mile active railroad tunnel in western
Massachusetts, that passes through the Hoosac Range, an
extension of Vermont's Green Mountains, ending in upper state
New York, a trip they both enjoyed.
John was a current member of the
Malden/Medford Elks, VFW Post #69 in Malden, served as a Boy
Scott Leader for Troops 603 & 616. Did volunteer work for the
Melrose Wakefield Hospital. But John mostly enjoyed traveling
with his wife to visit family in Canada and friends in the New
Hampshire lakes region. He was an avid Boston Bruins fan.
John was currently at the Bear Hill Manor in Stoneham and was
known as the Good Will Ambassador greeting and comforting the
new resident’s at the home.
John is survived by his son John J.
Burnham Jr. and his wife Loretta of Peabody & Gary Burnham and
his wife Gail of Curtis, Ontario, Canada and is the cherished
grandfather of four, great-grandfather of five & one great-great
He was predeceased by his wife Gladys and his son
Greg Burnham. John was predeceased by his 6 siblings.
Funeral service will be held in the
Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St., Malden on
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11AM. Army Military Honors will
be held at the end of the service.
Cremation will follow in Woodlawn
Crematory, with final placement beside his loving wife Gladys in
Woodlawn Columbarium Niche, Everett.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral
home on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 4-8 PM.