OBITUARY

Michael C. Burrows

May 15, 1926October 10, 2013

Michael C. Burrows of Palm Beach Florida, formerly of Newton, on Thursday, October 10, 20l3. Devoted father of Susan Miller & her former husband Butch, Wendy Price & her husband Michael, Peter Burrows & his wife Wendy, and Michael Bruce. Loving grandfather of Max, Carly, Tucker, Jenny, Ben, Nina, Ari, Annie, Branson, and Corbin. Dear brother of the late Barbara Burrows. Services at the Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard Street, Brookline on Sunday, October 13 at l2 noon. Interment at Temple Israel Cemetery, 492 North Ave., Wakefield. Memorial observance at the home of Wendy & Michael Price, following the interment through 7pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, 501 South Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401 or the Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza Palm Beach, FL 33480.

Mike Burrows, prominent builder of dozens of homes and luxury apartment buildings in Palm Beach and devoted supporter of the arts, passed away on Oct. 10 of natural causes. “Mickey” was born in Newton, MA in 1926. He attended Harvard University and, after serving proudly in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Harvard’s Business School. Arriving in Palm Beach in 1954, he quickly earned a reputation for his tasteful, top-quality homes, before moving on to apartment buildings that still dominate the beachfront of downtown Palm Beach. All are named after dorms at Harvard, including Winthrop House and Kirkland House. A courageous businessman, Burrows built all of buildings “on spec”, without a buyer lined up, so as to maintain the freedom for creative expression he loved. Burrows was writing a book tracing his experience in Palm Beach over the decades when he died, including run-ins with lingering anti-Semitism in the community. When a young family member who’d been invited to dine at one of the restricted clubs in Palm Beach was asked to leave, Burrows, who chaired the Anti-Defamation League’s Palm Beach chapter for five years, wrote letters and worked quietly and optimistically to apply pressure that resulted in the elimination of these “Guest Rules.” "How sad it is that at that Club I can be invited to the wedding, but cannot have lunch with the bride," he wrote in an letter to the Palm Beach Post. A gifted athlete, Burrows shot his age in golf countless times in his 80s. He was a passionate fisherman, Red Sox fan and ice cream aficionado. He died in his apartment, surrounding by the eclectic art collection he so enjoyed, with a view of Palm Beach and the buildings he was so humbly proud of.

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 13, 2013
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December 1, 2013

I only met Michael a year ago, and was charmed by his quiet intelligence and love of the arts. How terribly sad not ever to see him again.
Joan Shore (Paris)

Rita Krauss

October 29, 2013

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of mike . He was my first client in1973 and remained a very dear friend thru out the years. He was such a perfectionists and his apartment buildings added to the beauty of palm beach. My husband and I always enjoyed our dinners together, and our interesting conversations. we will miss him so very much., Please accept our sincerest sympathies and.condolences to the entire Burrows family and know that Mike will always be remembered in our hearts. Sincerely Rita and Herb Krauss

John Degnan

October 23, 2013

I grew up on Linda Lane in West Palm Beach, a next door neighbor of Mr. Burrows. He employed me on the construction of the Winthrop House, the former site of the Lido Pool in Palm Beach. He gave me a great opportunity in my youth that I have never forgotten. My condolences to all.

Silva Budryk

October 15, 2013

I spoke with Michael many times, meeting him first in our elevator where we both reside at Trump Towers, WPB. We had in common growing up and transplanting here from Newton, MA. We shared many stories about Newton and Boston and he was so typical of the "proper Bostonian"... always a gentleman, always kind and friendly, with a beautiful smile. I will truly miss him, as there are not enough people like him in this world.
Rest in Peace, Michael.
With much love, from your friend and neighbor...

Cindy Lowdermilk

October 15, 2013

On behalf of Banyan Golf Club, we express our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of our member, Michael Burrows. A true gentleman who will be missed.
With sympathy,
Banyan Golf Club

Michelle Rowley

October 14, 2013

Michael Burrows was a special man who always made sure I was ok, even if he had to go out of his way. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

Michelle Rowley

October 14, 2013

Michael Burrows was a special man who always made sure I was ok, even if he had to go out of his way. He will be fondly remembered and missed.

Mercedes Taylor

October 14, 2013

I knew Mr. Burrows from waiting on him at Home Federal Savings and Loan in Palm Beach. He was a very intelligent, business-savy man, who would ride his bicycle to the bank several times a week. So sorry to hear of your loss. I extend my sympathy from Australia where I live at present.

J,W, Anderson

October 14, 2013

I had known Michael since childhood. His grandparents lived across the street from my residents, and we played together.
I worked with him on many of his construction projects and found him honest and forthright. He was a gentleman and true to his words. Goodbye Mike. We will remember you!

Mark Foley

October 13, 2013

A fantastic friend I would see on The Lake Trail doing his morning walk...we talked real estate politics and life..he was a gentlemen of the first order and a genius builder...and a dear man...