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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Clinton Burnham

Clinton George Burnham

March 21, 1929 - December 31, 2018
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Clinton George “Red” Burnham, 89, of Tariffville, beloved husband of Dorothy A. “Dottie” (Stavinsky) Burnham, died Monday, December 31, 2018 at his home, surrounded by family. He was born March 21, 1929 in Plainville, son of the late Clinton Albert and Stacia (Ciecelski) Burnham. He grew up in Newington and moved to New Britain once he married, eventually settling in Tariffville 54 years ago. Red was active with the National Guard while he was working as a sportswriter and photographer for the Hartford Times. His bowling column, “Knock on Wood”, ran for over 50 years, first in The Hartford Times and later in The Journal Inquirer. He was president of The Metropolitan Bowling Writer’s Association. Red managed Simsbury Lanes and then went on to manage Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, where he brought the National PBA Tour with the help of his friend, Ken West. He was very involved with the Rotary Club in East Granby and Windsor Locks, acting as president and receiving the Paul Harris Award from his fellow members. Red’s photography skills were also a benefit to The Simsbury Light Opera Company which they used for publicity. Children were always dear to his heart, which he demonstrated throughout his life as a Boy Scout leader when his children were young, serving on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics, and in later years, doting on his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Other hobbies and interests included: fishing, golf, baseball (especially the NY Yankees), and watching the UCONN Girls’ Basketball team.
In addition to his loving wife of 67 years, Clinton is survived by his daughter, Donna Bailey of Granby; his son, Clinton Burnham and his wife Mary Ellen Miller of Castle Rock, CO; his sister-in-law, Marge Bargelski of Newington; his sister-in-law, Terry Burnham of Enfield; his brother-in-law Robert Stavinsky and his wife Dorothy of Hartford; his grandchildren, Meghan Wagner and her husband Robert of East Granby and Sarah Huk and her husband Tim of Canton; his great grandchildren, Bailey and Grove Wagner of East Granby; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and an amazing circle of dear friends. He was predeceased by a son, Bret Burnham, a brother, Robert Burnham and his son-in-law, Robert Bailey.
Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Friday, January 4th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral will be Saturday, January 5th, 9:15 AM from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Simsbury. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Tariffville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036-3604. Please visit Clinton’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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  • Visitation

    January 4, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    January 4, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    Address
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Service

    January 5, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    January 5, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary's Church - Simsbury
    Address
    942 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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    Officiant
    Fr. Frank Matera
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Bernard's Cemetery
    Address
    72 Wintrop Street
    Tariffville, CT 06081
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Charles Wainwright

Posted at 10:55am
Dear Dottie and Family: Jeanne and I mourn the passing of "Red." We remember vividly the years past with the East Granby/Windsor Locks Rotary Club. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. Sincerely, Charlie and Jeanne Wainwright, West Springfield, MA
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Ann Marie & Joe T

Posted at 02:14pm
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Sarah. We loved chatting with him at Airways - he was always so upbeat and friendly He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Ann Marie & Joe T.
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Pat Gordon

Posted at 08:37am
My condolences to you Dottie and your whole family. I so looked up to George when we were growing up. Sorry I can’t be there to share your memories with everyone. God bless you and hope you can heal quickly.
Pat Gordon
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Robert Thoelen

Posted at 12:16am
To the Burnham and Bailey families -
I was very saddened to learn that one of our bowling league's best friends passed away. Red came to Bradley Bowl as manager the year our league began ten-pin bowling - 1968. He was there for 35 or so years and developed Bradley into a world-class establishment. His efforts brought the pros to Windsor Locks. For about 20 years or so, Bradley was a tour stop for the PBA. I believe it was last called the "Greater Hartford Open". I bowled in some of the pro-ams events held in conjunction with the tournaments and brought my kids to watch as well. They were some of the best times of all my years of bowling!
Red always said that he really liked our league and the guys a lot since we were a "fun league" - the way bowling should be. He was frequently an honored guest to our end-of-year banquets. He did more for the sport than I could ever write about. I was glad to count him as a friend for so may years. We will all definitely miss him. May the Lord bless and comfort all of you during this very difficult time.
Love and Prayers,
Bob Thoelen, President
Hamilton American Bowling League
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Alan Glass

Posted at 10:36pm
Dear Donna,
I'm so very sorry you lost your Dad this week. He sounded like a wonderful man who lived a full and varied life. His time spent at the Hartford Times piqued my interest as my grandfather Robert Lewis worked there many years as a picture editor. Seeing your family name and Tariffville in the paper brought back some very pleasant childhood memories of our old neighborhood and time we spent together, although you may not even remember me. Thinking of you at this time and condolences to you and your entire family.
Sincerely,
Alan Glass
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