Merwin Brinsmaid Burr, Sr, 75 of Dale, Texas, died March 10, after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born June 29, 1937, in Monroe, to Mabel (Smith) and Merwin S. Burr.
Known as “Junior” to his older brothers and sisters, he attended Newtown High School until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, in 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1967 as a staff sergeant, having earned the Purple Heart during one of his tours in Vietnam. After returning to Connecticut to raise his family, he worked as a prison guard, truck driver, and volunteer firefighter.
His siblings Four Ruamy Burr of Newtown, Dorothy Boland of Seymour, John Burr, and his wife Wilma, of Boston, and Nancy Redente of Winter Haven, Fla.; his children, Debra Burr DiFronzo, Tammy Burr, Kelly Burr Giglio, and husband Bob, Merwin “Chip” Burr, Jr, and wife Tracy, Diane Bawlick Amuso, and husband Joe, and Susan Bawlick Pagan, and husband Ivan; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive Mr Burr. His wife, Gladys, whom he married January 15, 1983; his parents; and a brother, Howard, predeceased him.
The Burrs relocated to Tampa, Fla., in 1990, where he kept busy as a car detailer, racecar enthusiast, and security guard. After Gladys died in 2004, he retired to Texas and moved in next door to his eldest daughter. He enjoyed birdwatching, baking peanut butter-flavored desserts, and socializing with friends from church. Mr Burr loved watching NASCAR races, bragged about his grandchildren, and shared his home with his buddy, Ziggy the cat. His good advice and listening ear were never more than a phone call away. Mr Burr lived out his philosophy “Live, Laugh, Love” every day as a beloved father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor.
The family would like to extend its gratitude to the doctors and staff of Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital in Luling, Texas, for their attentiveness and loving care.
Services will take place at 10 am, Saturday, March 23, at Bateman Baptist Church, 2691 FM 20, Red Rock, Texas, with burial immediately following at Bateman Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for late June in Connecticut.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington DC 20004, or online at AmericanLungAssociation.org.