April 8, 2019
Charles T. "Chuck" Burlingame, 80, of Clayton passed away Monday, April 8, 2019, at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, NY.
A graveside service will be held in Clayton Cemetery on Saturday June 1st, 2019 at 11:00 am with military honors. There are no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.
Chuck was born in Hornell, NY on April 27, 1938, son of William M. and Rena H. Talbot Burlingame. He graduated from Hornell High School in 1956 and received his BS from Cornell University. On September 10, 1960 he married Leona A. "Lee" White and were married 46 years when she passed on June 13, 2007.
He was a member of the United States Coast Guard, entering on Feb, 12, 1961, serving over 30 years and was placed on the retired reserve list on April 27, 1998 in the rank of Commander/0-5. He was Plant Manager for Blue Seal Feeds, first in Arcade and then in Watertown for a total of 28 years, serving Watertown for 13. Chuck enjoyed his life on the river which included boating, hunting, woodworking, and especially spending time with his daughter and grandchildren. Chuck was a longtime supporter of and volunteer at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. He served in a wide variety of roles, primarily as a fully credentialed captain aboard the museum's in-water fleet.
He is survived by his daughter, Sherri L. Burlingame-Kall, Liverpool, NY, two grandchildren; Katie L. Kozak and her husband Scott, Painted Post, NY and Carrie C. Kall, Liverpool, NY, and sister, Eileen Burlingame-Sengstock, Apollo Beach, FL. Along with his wife, he is predeceased by his niece, Christine Sengstock Kazor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Antique Boat Museum 750 Mary Street, Clayton, New York 13624. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.