OBITUARY

Christopher Lee Burdette

July 28, 1969February 26, 2018
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Christopher Lee Burdette, age 48, passed away on February 26, 2018. He is the much beloved son of Margaret and Thurl Lee Burdette. Chris is the protective and loving brother of Suzanne Burdette and Amalie “Amy” Burdette, and the devoted and fun-loving uncle of Cassidy Burdette. He is the grandson of the late Ethel and Phillip Breichner and the late Violet and Joseph Plein; treasured nephew to William and Georgiann Breichner, James Breichner and the late Jean Breichner, Irene Breichner and the late Joseph Breichner, Glenda Breichner and the late Philip Breichner, and the late Mary and Jim Speaks; also dear nephew to Stanley Kowalsky and the late Lorena Kowalsky, the late Donald and Iris Burdette, the late Patsy and Charles Austin, the late Monty and Esther Burdette, the late Retha and Joe Stallings, the late Janet and Fred Sullivan, and the late Robert Burdette. Chris is also survived by many other loving family members, incredibly devoted friends near and far, and “Stowie”, the cute gray cat who adopted Chris on a cross-country road trip.

Growing up in Catonsville, Chris attended St. Mark Catholic School and enjoyed playing in the neighborhood with numerous friends. He attended Mount Saint Joseph high school and discovered a real talent for running after joining the track and cross country teams. Chris was a standout runner at UMBC and then later at Towson University. After college, he developed a passion for cooking and worked at several restaurants in Baltimore, Richmond, VA and New Haven, CT. Anyone who knows Chris, knows he loved his Baltimore Orioles. His best days were spent hanging out with family and friends, cooking up good food for all to enjoy, spinning vinyl and playing guitar, rooting for the O’s, and sharing never-ending smiles, laughter, and good times.

The world needs more people like Chris Burdette. He was always full of life and left a big mark on the people near and dear to him. According to a friend, “Though much of him was taken violently some years ago, he fought on and inspired all those who experienced his kind heart, infectious smile, and sunny attitude. Inside all that nice stuff was a man of steel, a fantastic athlete, and the heart of a lion. He was kind, modest, and generous, and just a little bit crazy to keep it fun. Gone far too soon, he will live on in the hearts and stories of all those lucky enough to have known him.”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering at the Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc., 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228 on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00pm. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:00am at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a Team BURD Brains memorial contribution honoring Chris’s Life to the Brain Injury Association of Maryland, 2200 Kernan Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21286. Direct online giving may be directed to: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/fundraiser/OTcwMw==/15199

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Services

  • Memorial Gathering Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Joan Griffith

March 7, 2018

Though I never met Chris I remember all the wonderful stories his Mom shared with me. God bless Chris and may he rest in peace.

Robert Eusini

March 5, 2018

Chris and I shared the very best part of life together, childhood. My very best friend in the world for the first 12 years or so of life. Those years were magic. Every day was an adventure. When we moved to the country I remember bawling because I wouldn't see my best friend everyday. I'll remember the glimpses of memories; playing, sleepovers, the snow caves we dug in the drifts at my parents house, his smile, his goofy laugh and I will miss him.

Donna Whittington

March 5, 2018

Christopher's memory and loving spirit was a blessing to everyone who met him

Catherine Birkinbine

March 5, 2018

So many memories of Chris. What a great big brother he was. He was always there when you needed him, just chillin in the background. Warm, caring and a giant of a heart. Loved hanging out with him at your house, UMBC, or at Coachhouse parties! Never a dull moment if Chris was around. Wish I could have experienced his cooking!! My condolences to all the Burdette’s.

Kurt Heinlein

March 5, 2018

Chris and I shared formative years together during our time at MSJ, where we created many happy memories as members of the cross country/track teams. He was just a great guy. Always had a joke and a smile to share. Eternally kind and supportive. I once rolled my ankle pretty badly on a summer off road training run, and he offered to piggy back me the 1/2 mile back to the road so I could be picked up. Just that kind of guy. I regret that we didn't stay in better touch over the years, but Chris will always be a part of me, and of the others who were fortunate enough to get to call him a friend.

Dave Corsak

March 4, 2018

I met chris working at koffee too over a decade ago. We first bonded on music and he would let me spin records at his parties and informal gatherings. He was 10 years my senoir but our tastes in music were similar. Chris was so easy to get along with and im thankful for those years i knew him in new haven. He opened a beer bottle with a large knife in front of me once and to this day i scare my girlfriends and friends doing the same.

Margaret Burdette

March 2, 2018

So many memories have been flooding my thoughts since last week when Chris peacefully slipped away from us. He grew from a happy, always hungry baby to a young boy full of mischief to man of tall stature. He was faithful and loving to family and friends (he was known as Big Bird, Birdman, or simply Burd to them). He was a standout runner for Mt. St. Joseph HS and made the All-Metro Cross Country Team in the Baltimore Sun. He continued his running career in and after college. Then he found his passion in cooking - loved creating new recipes (even got some recipes from Mom). After his brain injury, he kept his sunny disposition - making friends with those who took care of him in and out of the hospital and nursing homes. Every caretaker he had loved Chris and his sense of humor and respect for others. They all learned his special fist bump - from doctors to nurses to aides and housemates. His battle was a long one and he fought to the end - recovering time after time. Now the time has come for him rest in peace. Love from Mommy

FROM THE FAMILY

O's vs Nat's at Nationals Park, 2009

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Chris, his mom, and his other mom - BIAM 5K, 2015

Biography

Christopher Lee Burdette, age 48, passed away on February 26, 2018. He is the much beloved son of Margaret and Thurl Lee Burdette. Chris is the protective and loving brother of Suzanne Burdette and Amalie “Amy” Burdette, and the devoted and fun-loving uncle of Cassidy Burdette. He is the grandson of the late Ethel and Phillip Breichner and the late Violet and Joseph Plein; treasured nephew to William and Georgiann Breichner, James Breichner and the late Jean Breichner, Irene Breichner and the late Joseph Breichner, Glenda Breichner and the late Philip Breichner, and the late Mary and Jim Speaks; also dear nephew to Stanley Kowalsky and the late Lorena Kowalsky, the late Donald and Iris Burdette, the late Patsy and Charles Austin, the late Monty and Esther Burdette, the late Retha and Joe Stallings, the late Janet and Fred Sullivan, and the late Robert Burdette. Chris is also survived by many other loving family members, incredibly devoted friends near and far, and “Stowie”, the cute gray cat who adopted Chris on a cross-country road trip.

Growing up in Catonsville, Chris attended St. Mark Catholic School and enjoyed playing in the neighborhood with numerous friends. He attended Mount Saint Joseph high school and discovered a real talent for running after joining the track and cross country teams. Chris was a standout runner at UMBC and then later at Towson University. After college, he developed a passion for cooking and worked at several restaurants in Baltimore, Richmond, VA and New Haven, CT. Anyone who knows Chris, knows he loved his Baltimore Orioles. His best days were spent hanging out with family and friends, cooking up good food for all to enjoy, spinning vinyl and playing guitar, rooting for the O’s, and sharing never-ending smiles, laughter, and good times.

The world needs more people like Chris Burdette. He was always full of life and left a big mark on the people near and dear to him. According to a friend, “Though much of him was taken violently some years ago, he fought on and inspired all those who experienced his kind heart, infectious smile, and sunny attitude. Inside all that nice stuff was a man of steel, a fantastic athlete, and the heart of a lion. He was kind, modest, and generous, and just a little bit crazy to keep it fun. Gone far too soon, he will live on in the hearts and stories of all those lucky enough to have known him.”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering at the Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc., 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228 on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00pm. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:00am at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a Team BURD Brains memorial contribution honoring Chris’s Life to the Brain Injury Association of Maryland, 2200 Kernan Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21286. Direct online giving may be directed to: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/fundraiser/OTcwMw==/15199