Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT


George David Burgess

March 13, 1950July 5, 2019

Burgess, George

George D. Burgess of Clinton passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, surrounded by the love of his family. George was born on March 13, 1950, in New Haven and attended the Branford public schools. He was a vintage and classic car enthusiast and enjoyed attending car shows and swap meets and talking to anyone who shared his interest. He was a proud Teamster and member of Local 443, having driven trucks for several local oil companies, Stop and Shop, and most recently, the Connecticut Department of Transportation. George leaves his wife, Ellen, daughter Dawn (Dan) McBride, son Richard (Anna Filipkowska) Burgess, grandsons Zachary (Krystina) and Hunter, great-grandson Michael, a brother Robert and sister, Lisa, nieces and nephews. He also leaves his much beloved friend and companion, his dog Bear. George was predeceased by his parents, Lewis Burgess and Alberta Quinney Burgess and his sister Cindy. The family wishes to thank Connecticut Hospice for their kind care and their gift of a gentle passing. Services in care of the Swan Funeral Home of Clinton, CT.


  • Graveside Service Friday, July 12, 2019


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James George

July 10, 2019

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope with the pain. Remembering you and your beloved George today and always. My heartfelt condolences.

Mark Dumais

July 10, 2019

So sorry to hear this sad news. Your family is in my thoughts. Remember the good times!!

Zach Dalessandro

July 9, 2019

I will always remember the times, where Grampa (George) would bring his motorcycle, or whatever car he picked up most recently, out of the garage to start it up. I remember I would always get scared and run back in the house.
I can never forget the times we went fishing by the pond down the street, Him teaching me how to shoot in the backyard, and the pasta he always made when I visited him and Gramma.
My wife, Krystina, remembers the dinner we all had together after we came home. She loved him from the start, and hopes that he will look after our son (his great-grandson) Michael.
With Love,
Zach, Krystina, and Michael

Gary Burgess

July 8, 2019

My deepest condolences, George will truly be missed. We are sending our prayers, nothing changes the loss, but you all are very much loved! You are all always in our thoughts.

mark Hedge-Terreri

July 8, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this news and I'm sending you and your family my sincere condolences . May knowing that I am thinking about you and sending you love and strength, be of some comfort. I so enjoyed hearing about the adventures between your husband and Bear during our breaks together. -Mark-

Richard Burgess

July 7, 2019

I remember during our (somewhat) annual picnics at Hammonasset my Mom (Ellen Burgess) always insisted on bringing a pinata for the kids. The kids always loved it, especially when it finally ruptured and spilled candy all over the place. Then the game changed into 'trample everyone and grab all the loot you can carry'.

This memory, however involved everyone standing around asking how we were going to tie this pinata in the tree. Dad (George Burgess) didn't miss a beat and climbed into the tree to tie the pinata up.

Always an adventurer...

Anna Filipkowska

July 7, 2019

George and I fishing somewhere in Madison... We'd catch and release. Ok fine, we didn't catch anything. We did yell at some annoying kids that were in our way though (they did catch a few fish, brats!). The best parts of going fishing with George: he'd put the worm on the hook for me and he'd buy me lobster rolls afterwards.

I wish we could have done it more frequently, Fish on, George.

Richard Burgess

July 7, 2019

Another great memory from Lake George, NY is Anna, Mom (Ellen Burgess), Dad (George Burgess) and me all sitting in the back of his truck watching the Adirondack Nationals Cruise Night and relaxing with some spirited banter included, of course.

We would sit there for hours watching some of the nicest custom cars cruise up and down the strip, hoping for the occasional burnout or shenanigan.

Good times.

Richard Burgess

July 7, 2019

I will always remember those great nights at George's Restaurant in Lake George, NY. Mom (Ellen Burgess), Dad (George Burgess), Anna and I sitting there cracking jokes about each other, the weird people we saw that day and life in general. We had such good times up there.

It was always great to see my Mom and Dad sitting across from us acting like it was a double date, all goofy and loving towards each other.