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Bennett Funeral Home

209 North Main Street, Concord, NH

OBITUARY

David W. Burnham

February 21, 1940June 24, 2020

David W. Burnham, 80, passed away on June 24, 2020, in Concord NH. Dave was born on February 21, 1940, in Ridley Park, PA, to the late Melvin and Margaret Burnham. He graduated from Springfield High School in PA, earned a psychology degree from Lycoming College, a Master of Education from Springfield College in MA, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study. In 1964, Dave joined the Air Force and was stationed at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA. His passion for flying began when he joined the Aero Club and learned to fly light airplanes. During this time, he met his future wife, Martha. They married on August 3, 1968, and moved to Concord, NH, in 1969. As a career counselor, Dave worked at the NH Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Riverbend Mental Health Center, Salem Rehabilitation Hospital, and the NH State Prison. Dave was a very active member at South Congregational Church for nearly 50 years. He served on many committees including the diaconate, Lay Ministry, the collections committee, and Fellowship Group, to name a few. He volunteered many hours at the homeless shelter. His life-long love of singing included both the Lycoming College and South Church choirs as well as the Suncook Valley Chorale. Dave became a certified yoga instructor in 1998 and taught for many years. He was an Amateur Radio operator (WA1MXN) and enjoyed hundreds of “QSOs,” especially with his brothers-in-law Dave, Wayne, and Fred. York Beach and Star Island were some of his favorite destinations. Dave enjoyed flying to Colorado to visit his children and grandchildren. He liked woodworking, home projects, and yardwork. In his retirement, he worked at Bennett Funeral Home. Dave was a kind and generous person, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. He will be lovingly remembered by Martha, his wife of nearly 52 years; son, Andrew Burnham of NH; daughter, Rebecca (Peter) Collings of CO; sister, Doris (Michael) Lanyon of PA; nephews James (Lorraine) Lanyon of CT and David (Carla) Lanyon of DE and their families; grandchildren, Noel Collings and Lindsey Collings of CO. A private burial will be held. A celebration of life will be planned after COVID restrictions are lifted. Donations in Dave’s memory may be sent to Lycoming College Choir, One College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701; Star Island Corporation, 30 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH 03801; or South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit Bennett Funeral Home’s website: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/concord-nh/david-burnham-9234802

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Barbara Ward

July 1, 2020

Martha, I am so sorry for your loss. David was such a genuinely caring person. I always enjoyed our encounters at many craft fairs. My deepest sympathy to you and your family

Russell Day

June 28, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was a very warm and caring person. We worked together in Vocational Rehabilitation and I recall many conversations with him. A pleasure to be with and feel how deeply he cared about people.


Theodore Sobozenski

June 28, 2020

I am very shocked to learn of David's passing. When we lived in Concord on the same street as David, I remember the times that we met and talked about our children as they were growing up. He was a very pleasant and gentle person. We shared and interest in sports, as our boys were starting to participate in them. Even after we moved from Valley Street, we still shared a similar sports interests, as we would meet once in awhile at UNH basketball and hockey games. He will be sorrowfully missed by everyone he touched.

Ray Fancher

June 28, 2020

Remembering Dave from Springfield days with great warmth and fondness. Photo of him was taken at my house in 1954.

Deepest sympathies to Martha and family.

Charles Sawyer

June 28, 2020

Dear Martha and Andrew and Rebecca,
I just learned of Dave's passing and am remembering our days at the Concord Regional Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Dave was my mentor and a good one. We often talked when time allowed it; several times I visited at your home and witnessed Dave's passion for the radio he built and the people with whom he communicated. Once, on a dare, we played one on one basketball where he proceeded to demonstrate how helpful height is in the game. I have good memories of him; he was a good man and a good friend. Charlie Sawyer

Kira Meeken

June 28, 2020

Many fond memories! He will be sorely missed. Prayers for your family 🙏

Donna Killion

June 28, 2020

Martha and family,
I am sorry to hear of the loss of David. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Our paths have crossed many times over the past years dating back to Dewey School and the YMCA. Cherish all the good times as you travel forward.
Donna

Sherry Young

June 28, 2020

I worked with Dave at Voc Rehab many years ago. He was always a kind and gentle person. His bond with Martha was obviously one of friendship and love. My thoughts are with you as you somehow say goodbye to this good man.

Phyllis Jennings

June 27, 2020

Oh I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm grateful that I did get to know Dave a bit at Star Island and take part in his yoga classes.





Rebecca Cutting

June 27, 2020

Dear Martha, John and I want to extend our deepest sympathies on David's passing. He was an extraordinary person in so many ways.
We wish we could join you in person so hope that all the memories of his time on earth will sustain the family.
I so remember as a child waiting eagerly for you and Ginny to visit your Aunt Ruth and Uncle Carl, our favorite neighbors. Huckle buckle bean stalk! And John remembers you from CCHS. Ruth was a very special person and Carl always a caution! I have your grandmother's meatball recipe thanks to Ruth... a real treasure from those Goodman's Hill summer days.
With love and affection, your old friends Becky Ritchie Cutting and John Cutting

FROM THE FAMILY