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Joseph Burnham, 97, husband of Antoinette M. (Rubino) Burnham of Gloucester passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and son on Thursday morning, December 7, 2017, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.
He was born in Gloucester on September 15, 1920, son of the late Antone and Mary (Machado) Burnham.
Joe attended Collins Elementary School and Gloucester Public Schools.
He worked for over 35 years as a fork lift driver at O'Donnell Usen/Seafood Kitchens, retiring in 1993 at the age of 72. He worked there for the entire life of the company.
He proudly served his country as a front line medic through North Africa and Italy in the United States Army during WWII. His three brothers also served at the same time protecting our country.
Joseph was a very devout Catholic, never missing a Mass at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, where he was a lifelong usher and collector. He truly loved attending church, where he found great solace.
He was a life-long member of the Gloucester Lodge of Elks #892, the Holy Name Society and the (UFCW), United Food & Commercial Workers Union. He also was an avid reader, taking great joy in reading about the Blessed Mother and Padre Pio. Joe will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Antoinette M. "Etta" Burnham of Gloucester; his son, Anthony L. Burnham of Gloucester; nieces, Nancy Rose, Linda DeCaro, Mary Ann Brown, Joan Walsh; nephews, Henry Rossi, Dana Muise, William Fraga, Larry Burnham, Frank Burnham, along with many other beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was predeceased by four sisters, Rose Muise, Lillian Fraga, Margaret Rossi and Angie Gustafson; four brothers, Frank Burnham, Manuel Burnham, Raymond Burnham and Antone Burnham and a niece, Sandy White.
The family would like to thank the staff on Steele I for the compassionate and outstanding care he received while there.

His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Tuesday, December 12, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church at 10 a.m. Relative and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 8, 2017
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