Richard E. Burnham


FARMINGTON — Richard E. Burnham, 90, of Farmington, a resident of Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center, Fairbanks Road, Farmington, formerly of Leeds, died Sunday, Feb. 12, at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

He was born Oct. 9, 1921, in Rumford, a son of Richard Leroy and Blanche (Tobin) Burnham. He received his education in Jay and Chesterville schools. He was the husband of the late Maxine Turner, who died Jan. 12, 1997.

He was proud of his trade as a hand sewer for G.H. Bass Shoe Co. Later, he served as a school bus driver in Chesterville and drove the gravel truck for the road commissioner in Chesterville. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States and for many years, lived in Avon Park, Fla. His hobbies in his younger years included fishing, boating, camping and playing stringed instruments. He was an avid fan of country music.

He leaves a son, Richard L. “Dick” Burnham and his wife, Lorraine, of Jay; a daughter, Brenda Lake and her husband, Ed, of Winthrop; six grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by their infant daughter, Elizabeth June Burnham; and the following siblings, Linwood, Ralph, Colby, Floyd and Chester Dill and Leroy, Reginald and Bertha Burnham.

Condolences and tributes may be shared with his family on his memorial wall at