Mark W. McBurnie Sr. entered peacefully into eternal rest Friday, July 8, at his home in Jamesport surrounded by friends and family. On Thursday, July 7, Mark was able to celebrate his 73rd birthday.
Mark was born in Riverhead and worked on his family farm until he married and moved to the Speonk area. He then worked on his father-in-law’s duck farm until 1976 when he was hired as a laborer for the Southampton Town highway department.
Mark eventually gained his career with the Town of Southampton earning a title of highway foreman within the Westhampton-East Manor district area. As a highway foreman, he achieved much respect and admiration from the community for his driven force at maintaining his district in the utmost condition. After 30 years with the Town of Southampton, he retired at the end of 2006.
Mark was also a longtime member of the Eastport Fire Department.
Mark enjoyed clamming, watching NASCAR races and camping at the “Flywheeler’s Tractor” events in Florida.
Mark was a loving father to his three children, Mark McBurnie Jr. (Elizabeth), Marla Lennon and Monica Galasso. He was a cherished Pop to his seven grandchildren, Mark III, Britney, Jeffrey, Kim, Nicole, Andrew and Shania and his great-granddaughter, Adrianna. He was also a beloved companion for 18 years to Marie Deuel.
His neighbors on Melissa Lane will miss Mark because they could always count on him to plow the road clear with his little red Jeep after every snowfall. Mark is now “plowing” into a new journey as he has “moved on.” He will be dearly missed by many of his friends and family members.
Family will be receiving guests Thursday, July 14, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home in Riverhead.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eastport Fire Department, P.O. Box 158, Eastport, NY 11941-0158 or East End Hospice, 481 Westhampton-Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
This is a paid notice.