WATERVILLE -- John H. Burton of Waterville, formerly of Beaver Cove, died peacefully in his sleep at Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. He was born in 1921 in Snoqualmie Falls, Wash., the first child of Jack and Ethel Cathcart Burton.
John lived a rich and full life. He flew for Pan Am Airways for 37 years before retiring 30 years ago to Beaver Cove. He began his career in aviation when air travel was a novelty. John possessed an independent spirit of adventure. He loved the outdoor experience, both on the ground and in the air. He was an avid hiker, skier, snowmobiler and swimmer. He loved his home on Moosehead Lake. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by three daughters, Leanna Fenske and husband Tom of Washington, D.C., Wendy Burton of Oakland, and Lisa Burton and husband Chris Williams of Penacook, N.H.; as well as seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. John also has two sisters, Mary Lynch of Portland, Ore., and Reva McClenny of San Antonio, Texas; and one brother, Paul Burton, of Gig Harbor, Wash. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Martha.
A celebration of his life will be held at his home in Beaver Cove for family and friends in July and will be announced at a later date. At John's request, there will be no funeral or visitation hours.
Those who wish to may donate in memory of John to the Shaw Public Library Association, P.O. Box 510, Greenville, ME 04441; or the Greenville Police, Operation Sunshine Project, P.O. Box 1109, Greenville, ME 04441.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.