Edwin J. Burchell, 89, of Johnstown, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born August 13, 1924, in Manhattan, the son of the late William J. Burchell and Margaret Ruple Burchell.
He was educated at Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades in Manhattan, graduating in 1942. He later attended Pace College and RPI.
Edwin J. Burchell
Mr. Burchell honorably served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II.
He was employed as an aircraft mechanic for Pan Am Airlines and then General Electric. He then owned and operated the Texaco station on North Perry Street in Johnstown for several years. Mr. Burchell then became a salesman for Snap On Tools and ended his career at Universal Auto Parts in Gloversville.
Mr. Burchell was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church (formerly St. Patrick's) in Johnstown, where he was an usher for many years. He also was a Third Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.
Edwin and his wife enjoyed many years of traveling throughout the world. He enjoyed building and flying remote control airplanes and was a longtime member of the Lazy 8 RC Club. He was also a member of the Johnstown Senior Center.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Ziegler Burchell, whom he married on January 31, 1948. Also surviving are three daughters, Jeanne (William) Brown, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Karen (Anthony) Rieth of Loudonville, Linda (Michael) Fleming of Johnstown; five grandchildren, Steven Brown, Erin Rieth, Brian Rieth, Scott (Amy) Seeley and Matthew (Amanda) Fleming; three great-grandchildren, Hayden and Katelyn Seeley and Lilah Fleming.
Visitation for Family and Friends will be on Thursday, July 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 North Melcher Street, Johnstown.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 18, at Holy Trinity Church, Clinton Street, Johnstown. Interment will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Johnstown.
Contributions in Edwin's memory may be made to the Johnstown Senior Center, East Main Street, Johnstown or Mountain Valley Hospice, Steele Avenue, Gloversville.
Condolences to the family may be made on line by visiting www.barterdonnan.com.