Paul R. Burkart, 85, formerly of Everett, MA, died peacefully at Atria Woodbriar Park, Falmouth, due to medical complications.
Paul was predeceased by his father, Albert Frederick Burkart, his mother, Caroline (Schroder) Burkart and his identical twin brother, Albert Charles Burkart, who died at age 10 in 1945. All lived in Everett. Paul was fond of his Aunt Clara (father’s side) and Aunt Henrietta (mother’s side). Until 2 years ago, when medical conditions required Paul to move to an assisted living facility in Falmouth, Paul had lived his whole life in Everett. He grew up in a house owned by his grandparents, then his parents and then Paul.
He graduated from Everett High School in 1955 and then studied electronics at Mass Trade & Tech School, Boston, MA, later called Wentworth Institute. After graduation, he worked with electricians in Everett and Cape Cod. His family owned a cabin in East Harwich for many years. Paul joined the navy in 1957 and served on an aircraft carrier to the South Pole. He was honorably discharged as a disabled veteran.
After the Navy, Paul worked the night shift at the South Annex Post office in Boston until his retirement. As a loving son, he worked the night shift so he could take care of his mother at home until she passed away at 90. Paul liked the outdoors and loved to go fishing, especially with his cousin Nancy’s husband Lou. They would rent a boat and spend the day fishing at the Quabbin Reservoir. He also enjoyed frequent outings to Cape Cod.
He was a member of the Glendale Methodist Church in Everett and a member of the DAV, Chapter 10. Paul was a life long member of the Palestine Masonic Lodge of Everett and was a Master Mason for 58 years. Paul’s Lodge eventually combined with the William Sutton Lodge of Saugus. The family is very grateful to the Lodge members for their kind actions and caring ways, especially providing transportation to and from meetings. Members reached out to Paul in every way. The family would also like to thank the Atria staff and nurses for their kind and loving care for Paul and Beacon Hospice for making his last few weeks so comfortable. Special thanks are extended to Vincent Serratore and his assistant Stephanie Byers who have watched out for Paul’s best interests for 20 years and provided him with everything he needed to successfully live on his own in Everett.
Paul leaves behind his cousins, Nancy Glennon Baumgardner and her husband Walker of Gainesville, GA, Nancy Fiebelkorn Proulx and her husband Lou of South Yarmouth, MA and John Fiebelkorn and his wife Sue of Chatham, MA.
Any donations in Paul’s name can be made to the William Sutton Lodge, 300 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906-2344.
At the request of the family, burial will be private.