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Charles F. Burdick

April 11, 2022

Charles F. BurdickCharles F. Burdick, 91, passed away at home surrounded by family on April 11, 2022. Born in Watertown on April 7, 1931, to Wellington (Bud) and Edith Burdick, he grew up in Cape Vincent and later moved to the north side of Watertown, graduating from Watertown High School in 1949.

He married Virginia Rose Puccia on July 21, 1951 at St. Anthony's Church in Watertown. Over the summer, they celebrated 70 years of marriage with their family and friends. Whenever you asked Charlie how long he has been married, he consistently replied, "not long enough."

Charlie and Virginia owned and operated Watertown Banana Company for over 50 years and later owned Appledale Farmers Market on State Street.

He proudly served his country with the United States Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1954. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 61 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1400. For many years you would see him at ceremonies honoring those who served.

As a communicant of St. Anthony's Church his whole married life, he was always available for Friday night bingo, helping out at the Mt. Carmel Feast, and proudly serving as an usher during Sunday morning mass.

Charlie's passion, outside of the love of his family, was sports. He and his friend, Edward Prevost, coached the Pepsi-Cola little league baseball team in the mid-to-late 50's and he continued to coach when his son played. Charlie was always ready for a game of catch with anyone who asked and happily attended all of his grandchildren's activities. He could readily provide sports trivia on the fly, and was a die-hard Syracuse Orange and Dodger's fan.

Charlie and Virginia enjoyed making memories with family and friends at their cottage on Lake Ontario. From May through September, you would find everyone there enjoying life.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Virginia, his children; Mary (Leon) Vaughn, Jo Anne (Denny) Patrick, and Charles Jr. "Chip" (Susan) Burdick. His youngest child, Teresa "T" Burdick, passed away on January 13, 2021.

In addition, Charlie is survived by 9 grandchildren; Bethany Taylor, Maria (John) Terry, Dennis (Nikki) Patrick, Kenneth (Julie) Hamel, Matthew (Jodi) Burdick, Katie (Mike) DeMarse, Sarah (Kyle) Waite, Andrea (Randy) LaVancha, and Leon (Heather) Vaughn and 16 great-grandchildren; Madison, Chase, Haley, Aiden, Mason, Peyton, Anthony, Emmalin, Katelyn, Braydon, Abigail, Morghan, Karleigh, Alexander, Lily and Rose. Also surviving is a brother-in-law Thomas (Barbara) Puccia, a sister-in-law, Theresa Puccia, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Father Donald Robinson, Father Michael Demo and Hospice of Jefferson County for all of their help and support during these last few months.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony's Church with burial and military honors immediately following at Glenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Anthon's Church, 850 Arsenal St. and/or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., both in Watertown, NY 13601 in memory of Charles Burdick.


#31 Kate Renzi 2022-04-18 11:28
Dear Chipper and family,
So sorry to hear about your fathers passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
John & Kate Renzi and family
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#30 Kathy Gregor 2022-04-18 09:36
To the family of Charles Burdick, Steve and I were so sorry to hear of Charles passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know God’s strength will get you through this difficult time.
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#29 Donna M Leana 2022-04-17 11:57
So sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. Not easy to bear a loss of a family member especially around the holidays. I have known Charlie since I was a little girl and he was making deliveries to our restaurant. He was always so friendly with a smile for everyone. He will be missed. May God watch over your family during this difficult time. Fly on the wings of Angels Charlie. Rest in Peace.
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#28 Cheryl Priest 2022-04-16 18:50
Virginia, JoAnne, Mary, Chip and the whole rest of the family—my heart goes out to you. It is not easy to lose such a dear member of the family. It is not going to be easy to walk in the house and not see Charlie watching sports. But, earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. I’m sure him and TC had a joyful reunion, bodies and minds healed and sharing wisdom’s blessings. Times like this make me want to make sure my own heart is right so I can see them again someday too. God bless you all. Rest In Peace Charlie.
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#27 Steve/Liz Sboro 2022-04-15 07:14
We are so very sad to hear of Charlies passing. A wonderful man to know. That smile and compassion he carried throughout his lifetime was a joy to everyone he came into contact with. Virginia you are a lucky gal.. and to all you kids, and your families, he will be a big loss to all of you! RIP Charlie...
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#26 Kathy Claflin 2022-04-14 16:52
Mrs. Burdick, Chipper & family, my deepest condolences to all for the loss of Mr. Burdick. He truly was a man of humility & integrity. Seeing him at Silver Shores was a joy. So friendly & kind. Always a smile on his face.
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#25 Michele Gefell 2022-04-14 15:27
Dear Mary Anne and Your Loving Family - Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Grandpa Chuck. He was a sincere and humble man who will be treasured always and missed dearly. Peace, Love, Hope, and continued Blessings to you and yours. May He Rest in Peace. All of Our Love,
Michele, Rick, Patrick, and Elizabeth
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#24 Betsy Thompson 2022-04-14 12:38
Dear Chip & Families. We are very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You are in my thoughts & prayers. God Bless!
Betsy Netto Thompson & Family.
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#23 Cathy Harding Coty 2022-04-14 09:02
I want to express my condolences to the entire Burdick family. My parents spoke highly of several family members and my Dad always had stories of their coaching days in Little League. Charlie will be missed by all who knew him.
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#22 Kelly Moore 2022-04-13 20:10
I am so sorry to hear of Charlies passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So many memories of swimming at the house.
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