Obituary of Harvey A. Burton
Burton, Harvey A., Jr. “Harv” June 9, 2019 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved husband of late Sheila (nee Newnham) Burton; devoted father of Thomas (Lisa), Pamela (William) Mattulke, and James Burton; cherished grandfather of Jonathan and Thomas; loving great-grandfather of Gabriel and Aurora; also survived by many dear friends. Friends received on Thursday from 3 – 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. A funeral service will be held Friday at 12 Noon at Trinity Episcopal Church 261 E. Main St. Hamburg, NY. Please assemble at Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #527. Please leave online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
Harvey was a generous man who was good to everyone and anyone. He was always helping his friends and seemed to maintain a childlike curiosity. Harv could have a conversation with you about basically anything. Coming from the depression, being the only child of his parents, Adele Rohm from Buffalo, and Harvey Burton Sr. who emigrated from Nova Scotia, Canada; Harv worked hard, saved, and tried to make life better for the next generation of his life. He was drafted in the Army out of high school and served in the Eleventh Armored Division in The Battle of the Bulge during WWII. Harv assisted in liberating two concentration camps during the war. Harv even met General Patton while recovering in a hospital in Belgium. He won many awards for his bravery and service to his country including three bronze stars and a purple heart. Harv was injured several times during the war and was in a jeep accident causing a broken back and fractured skull. After returning from the war, Harv attended night school and graduated from the University of Buffalo with a business degree while working full time at Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Harv met his wife Sheila in Crystal Beach, Ontario, set up on a blind date by his mother, and the rest was history. Sheila thought he was rich because he had a brand new car, which he bought from saved up Army paychecks. They were married in 1948, started a family and raised three children, Thomas, Pamela and James. Harv was an avid sportsman and loved fishing, boating and hunting. He also loved to bowl and golf and did so up until his mid-80’s. Harv was a member of American Legion Post 527 and VFW Post 1419, and in 2010, was The Rotary Club of Hamburg Veteran of the Year. He truly was an amazing man who also taught Sunday school at Trinity Episcopal Church. He assisted with his son’s Boy Scout Troop 506, and was thrilled to see both Tom and Jim achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Harv was an amazing pool player and won so many tournaments at the Legion Post that they stopped awarding him jackets. Harv retired after 35 years with his company and then poured his heart into gardening. His forte was tomatoes and he grew 108 different varieties of them. He also loved growing vegetables. He would often work well into the night with his mechanics lamp and was dubbed the “midnight gardener” by his neighbors. He always dug weeds and picked leaves by hand. Besides the many things Harv was known for, he was also a tremendous artist. While in High School, he studied building design and had a passion for drawing and doodling. He was so very proud of his kids and grandkids, he loved Sheila more than anything in this world, and would even get jealous over Frank Sinatra because she loved listening to him so much. Because of Harv’s outstanding military service, he was showcased in a Veterans of Western New York feature article in the Buffalo News which made him very proud. Harv was also a tremendous host and famous for his Christmas Eve parties. He was an icon. Harv will never be forgotten, and his memories will live on in his family, friends and loved ones.