WESTFORD - Henry M. "Hank" Burton, 80, passed away suddenly on April 3, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Oct. 3, 1938, in Westford, the son of Charles and Minnie (Peeters) Burton.
Hank graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus, Class of 1957.
He worked the Burton Family Dairy Farm for many years. He was also the owner and operator of Walt's Restaurant in Worcester. In 1973, he started Henry M. Burton Excavation, a business he ran proudly for more than 40 years with his family. He was a hard-working man and loved all aspects of the outdoors. He spent countless hours tending to his apple orchards, his garlic and working in his beautiful garden until it was dark outside.
In between all of this, Hank was an avid reader, especially of horse racing, gardening, auctions and farming. Throughout his life, Hank mentored many people as he enjoyed teaching others about all the things he loved.
He enjoyed playing sports as a young man, especially basketball. His passion for sports followed through to his children and grandchildren. Hank loved being on the sidelines watching them play.
He touched so many lives, whether it was building you your perfect pond, his daily coffee shop visits or dropping you off vegetables from his garden - Hank became your beloved friend.
Hank is survived by his wife, Myrna (Adair) Burton; children, Herb, Hanky, Bobby, Don and Wendy and Barb and Scott St. John; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Leslie and Rocheal Burton; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Larry and Carol Delaney and Phil Koerner, as well as many other special friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; son, Jim Burton; grandson, Nicholas St. John; and brother, Sonny Burton.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, at Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St., Worcester.
A private graveside service in the Westford Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu flowers, donations may be made to the Westford Fire Department, P.O. Box 24, Westford, NY 13488, Worcester Fire Department, P.O. Box 430, Worcester, NY 12197, or Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center, c/o Heart and Vascular Program, 300 East River Road, Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627, in memory of Henry M. Burton.
Online condolences may be made at www.hellerskinnerfh.com.
Published on April 7, 2019
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4 posts

Chris & Susan Fuchs
Jun 11, 2019
Hank was such an outstanding individual and great friend. Hank always had a kind word, and grand energy surrounding his latest project, be it construction or gardening. We just learned of Hank's passing, and will miss him greatly. May God bless Hank and his family.
Deborah and Jack Ide (Packer
Apr 16, 2019
Gone are the days, you used to share But in your heart he is always there, Your memories of him will never close and you'll miss him more than anyone knows. Now and forever... Until you meet again HUGS TO YOU ALL
Roy & Christine Althiser
Apr 06, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. We are not able to attend services but will be thinking of you all
Angela Fancher
Apr 06, 2019
sorry for your loss, keep the memories close the your heart and he will always be close