James A. Burton, 89, of Portsmouth died at home on Monday, February 13, 2017.
Mr. Burton was born in Henderson, Kentucky on October 2, 1927. Mr. Burton left school at 17 to enlist in the Navy and fought in World War II serving on the USS Walter B Cobb APD-106 and in the Korean War serving on the USS Carpenter DD-825. He earned a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1970 and a Masters of Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1975. He retired from Raytheon in 1992 after 32 years. In his later years he was very active as a volunteer at St. Barnabas Church, St. Vincent de Paul, AARP and Portsmouth Senior Center. He also served as the technology coordinator for the AARP volunteer tax assistance program.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Murphy) and five children; Bill Burton (Dona), Liz Soyka (Mike), Jim Burton (Melissa), John Burton, Mary Pierce (Jim), fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 4-7 pm in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, in Newport. His funeral will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery, Brown’s Lane, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.