Paul Burkhardt

January 7, 1948August 19, 2015
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Paul Edgar Burkhardt, 67, passed away on August 19, 2015 after battling an aggressive form of bladder cancer for four months. He was born in Boston on January 7th, 1948, the son of Robert Seaverns Burkhardt and Barbara Smith Burkhardt of Newtonville, MA.

Paul was blind since birth and attended the Perkins School for the Blind – graduating in 1967. After a post-graduate year at Perkins, he entered American International College in 1968 – graduating with a degree in sociology in 1972, and was elected to “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” during that year. After college he was employed by General Connector in Newton and later moved into the photo-finishing industry in Fitchburg, MA.

Paul was a Mason – following in the footsteps of his father who served as Master of Dalhousie Lodge in Newtonville. He was an accomplished HAM radio operator and his call sign “WA1GXN” was well known throughout the Boston suburbs and on Cape Cod during the decades of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. An ardent sports fan, Paul followed the fortunes of all the Boston teams – especially the Red Sox, and the Celtics.

A marriage in 1990 ended in divorce in 2013. He is survived by his sister, Deborah Burkhardt Schwabe (Ed) of Swans Island, Maine; a niece Kate Schwabe Boka (Geoff) of Monroe, CT; and a nephew, Clay Robert Schwabe of Boston.

A Memorial Service is planned for the Nickerson Funeral Home at 87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA at 11 AM, Wednesday, August 26th. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Life Choice Hospice of Southern MA, LLC at 123 Waterhouse Road, Suite 5, Bourne, MA 02532.

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Andy Marcoux

February 29, 2016

Disheartened when I read about your brother's recent death. I remember you mentioning him to a few of us at URI many years ago and, coincidently, I came across your names on the website. It seems you were a caring sister for your brother for many years which doesn't surprise me. May God bless him and I hope all is well with you.

Bruce Stebbins

January 27, 2016

I'm just finding out about this. I knew Paul at AIC as we were both working on the student run radio station WAIC. So sorry for your loss; he was a great guy.

David Doe

January 5, 2016

Paul was always enjoyable to talk to on ham radio. Always had a kind word and great sense of humor. He knew everyone's voice and made you feel as if you were his best friend. "73"'s Paul - Dave K1HRV

Kate Seeley

September 5, 2015

Deb, I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I really enjoyed my time with him when I worked at EPOCH. Sympathies to you and your family.

Peter Troy

August 30, 2015

Deborah: So sorry to learn of Paul's passing. You and I met when Paul and Lou performed the National Anthem at Chatham A's game. Paul sang with all his heart and soul. What a loyal fan of the team and his dedication to listening to the internet broadcasts. He "saw" much more of each game than the majority of casual fans at the field. A true lover of the game. I was team President and senior officer for over 20 years and will never forget his passion for baseball.

Carl Lind

August 26, 2015

Paul's dad, Bob, and I spent many wonderful hours together while serving as officers in Dalhousie Lodge. I was so pleased when Paul decided to join our lodge. My wife, Ann Marie, and I got to see Paul often and have many great memories. Our condolences to his sister Deb and his many friends.

Benjamin T. Nickerson

August 23, 2015

My sincere sympathy and condolences to Deb and family on this sad occasion.

Bill Jamieson

August 22, 2015

I'll always remember his smile while he worked the radio. God Bless him.

LaDawn Moore

August 21, 2015

Paul was my friend, but this isn't unusual because Paul became friends with everyone he met. He loved to chat with folks, and find out where they were from, and then he would proudly share the story of his roots. Paul and I attended the Arkansas Ham Radio meetings frequently, and that made him so be around like-minded people, and share his passion. Good reception and his HAM radio and he wouldn't ask for anything more. He didn't ask for much and was grateful always. Paul had a way of seeing the sunny side of situations, and his sense of humor was quick and spunky. He and I shared many adventures, and many more laughs. I will miss my friend, but I can still hear him, in his radio voice saying, " This is WA1GXN, does anybody read me"... Yes Paul, we all read you. Rest in peace my friend.

Gwen May

August 21, 2015

Deb, what a great sister you have been to your brother. You've been there for him all the way. He will be missed by you and the family but will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to you.