On Dec. 28, James (Jim) L. Burgess left his earthly home after a battle with Covid-19. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Judith (Jerome) Burgess on Oct. 12 of this year. Also preceding him were his parents, William (Bill) and Doris (Obert) Burgess Hubbard; a brother, Donald Burgess; an infant sister, Diane; and grandson, Daniel Burgess.
He is survived by brother, Dale (Joan) Burgess and sister, Connie (Gary) Mollie. He is also survived by sons, Scott (Mary Ann) Burgess, Patrick (Annette) Burgess and daughter, Debbie (Doug) Magee; as well as three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Jim was born in Union City, Pa., on Nov. 1, 1938. He attended Rockdale School as a child, later attending Bloomfield and graduating from Union City High School in 1956.
Jim was one of a kind. He was a tough man and passionate about many things including his career, hunting and most importantly … family. He started his career with Remington Rand, eventually owning and operating Erie Typewriter Company. He sold that business and became a very successful contractor, building houses, kiln dryers, pole and structural steel buildings. He never once advertised, as word-of-mouth and his reputation for quality work kept him steadily working. He was a Bloomfield Township supervisor for many years. As a born-again believer, he actively attended Mount Pleasant Chapel. Jim enjoyed plowing people’s driveways, giving food to those in need or helping any way he could.
Jim hunted and fished all over North America. He hunted caribou in Quebec, moose in British Columbia and Alaska. He hunted deer, elk, antelope and bobcats in Wyoming, mountain lion in Washington and ducks in Arkansas. Jim made an annual walleye fishing trip to Ontario for many years. For a few years, he and Judy traveled to Alabama trapping for weeks at a time with friends Louis and Virginia McCrillis. However, his favorite times were hunting/fishing/trapping locally for just about anything that breathed with family and friends. Later in life he became quite skilled at trapping fox, coyote and fishers.
As father and husband, he had high expectations. By the living example of his life, he taught his children to work hard, respect others, honor God and be thankful. Jim and wife Judy had an open-door policy … you would always feel welcome in their home. Sunday nights, many family and friends would gather on their back porch for popcorn, sharing memories and making new ones, while enjoying the view.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make any memorials to the Mount Pleasant Chapel Building Fund.
The family requests you visit this Facebook page to share a memory or your favorite story of Jim (Burgess Family – Jim Burgess Memorial), or mail your story/memory to Jim Burgess Memorial, 36983 Dutch Hill Road, Union City, Pa.
Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence on Jim's Book of Memories online at www.WarrenFH.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Warren-Glenn Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 62 S. Main St., Union City.