Allen "Buzzy" Burgess, 102, a Hazel Park resident since 1926, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, in Sterling Heights. He was born in Detroit to John and Margaret (Brown) Burgess. Mr. Burgess worked for General Motors, Fisher Body Division, in Detroit for 44 years in the Material Control Department. Three days after retiring in 1969 he started working as an assistant at Ashley Scott Funeral Home in Hazel Park where he worked for 36 years until he was 100 years old. He was a kind and compassionate man who offered much comfort to those suffering the loss of a loved one. It was a trait that made him a valuable asset to the funeral home where he always felt needed and wanted. Some of his favorite past times were feeding the birds, planting flowers and shopping. Mr. Burgess served on the Hazel Park Planning Commission and helped build and carried cement blocks for the Erickson Public Library in Hazel Park. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Hazel Park, for more than 60 years. Mr. Burgess was predeceased by his parents; first wife, Ida (Loudon) Burgess; daughter, Joyce (Burgess) Dauski; second wife, Frances I. (Kraby-Deal) Burgess; brothers, Harold Burgess and Harvey Burgess; sisters, Grace Burgess (Garland), Hazel Burgess (Garland), and Ruth Burgess (Dysarz). Surviving are grandsons Allen Dauski of Warren, Jeffrey Vance of Pinckney; stepdaughter, Susan (Deal) Vance of Ann Arbor; nephew, Kenneth Burgess of Dearborn; nieces, Shirley Bauman of Troy, Bernice Beste of Canton, Cathy Campbell of Clinton Township; and numerous grand nieces and nephews, plus many friends, especially, Robert Scott and his family, and Jan Vozel who were always there for him, a treasure "Buzzy" held deep in his heart; family and employees at Country Boy Restaurant in Hazel Park where "Mr. B" visited daily; and Sister Barbara Hengesbach, who faithfully visited him frequently throughout his last years. Visitation, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today with a 7 p.m. Rosary at Hoperoft Funeral Home, 31145 John R, Madison Heights; further visitation Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Hazel Park with Rev. Bede Louzon officiating; burial, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Southfield; memorials, Muscular Dystrophy Association and St. Jude Children's Hospital; online register book, www.hopcroftfuneraldirectors.com.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Sept. 9, 2007.
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