O’Rourke & O’Rourke
Inc. Funeral Home

25 River Street
Salamanca, NY 14779
phone: (716) 945-4760
fax: (716) 945-4222

Joseph Burgess

Joseph Burgess, 81, of Little Valley, NY died Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Frewsburg Rest Home.

Born April 25, 1936 in Seneca Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Charles and Mabel Roberts Burgess. He was married on October 18, 1957 in Bradford, PA to the former Gladys O’Shell, who predeceased him on November 21, 2013.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving with the Strategic Air Command for the 380th Squadron Bombardment Wing. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Burgess had been employed as an electrician/HVAC tech for TR Lawing in Charlotte, NC prior to his retirement. Previously, he had been employed with Corning Glass in Bradford, PA.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC. He volunteered at the church and Habitat for Humanity. He was a karate and judo expert and was a great musician.

Surviving are: two daughters, Julie (Kenneth) Zalewski, Little Valley, NY, Shelley Jo McAbee, Largo, FL; a son, Greg Burgess, Largo, FL; four grandchildren, Lari McAbee, Stephen McAbee, Alexander Joseph Burgess, Kristan Burgess, all of Charlotte, NC; a brother, Richard (Vincie) Burgess, Lewis Run, PA; two nieces.

He was predeceased by his twin brother, Charles Burgess, a niece, Christine Love, and a nephew, Stephen Burgess.

There will be no visitation.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, NY.

E-condolences can be sent to john@orourke-orourke.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.