Capt. William Richard Burlingame

November 9, 1929January 5, 2014

Capt. William Richard Burlingame, 84, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend; born Saturday, November 9, 1929 in Manchester, New Hampshire to parents, Parker & Bernadette Burlingame; went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2014 with his loving family by his side. William or “Bill” by his family and friends has been a resident of the Falls Church area for many years. Originally from Manchester, Bill joined the United States Marine Corps at age of eighteen and served his country proudly for over twenty-two years before his retirement. This involved one tour in Japan, two tours in Korea, and one tour in Vietnam, where he received his Officer’s Commission and one tour in Puerto Rico. Although the Marine Corps was a devoted way of life for him, he was later employed with the government contractor, SWL. But Bill always lived with the belief of once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fi. Bill was a devout Catholic, attending Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia where Bill served as an usher. In Bill’s free time, he enjoyed the pleasures of being a private pilot, and flying his airplane along the east coast. He also enjoyed maintaining his property in Falls Church, Va., and putting that final shine to his vehicles. Also Bill enjoyed running and competing in 5K and 10K runs, and he sure loved his Boston Red Sox Baseball games, and Washington Redskins Football. What Bill truly loved most of all were the times he shared with his family and friends who he loved very dearly. Bill will be truly missed by all who had their lives touched by him. Bill is preceded in death by his loving parents, Parker and Bernadette Burlingame. Bill is survived by his two loving children, Brenda Colleen Paschal & husband Tom and Craig Dennis Burlingame; three dearly loved grandchildren, David Allan Rankin & wife Rochelle, Scott Michael Burlingame & wife Jenny and Amy Suzanne Reiser & husband Chris; seven beloved great-grandchildren, Lydia Ann Rankin, Nathan Allan Rankin, Nicole Elizabeth Rankin, Brooke Burlingame, Reese Burlingame, Maddie Reiser and Ben Reiser; three dear siblings, Robert Burlingame, Ruth Lyons and Pauline Kamradt and numerous other family members and friends. A visitation will be held Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at Murphy Funeral Home; 1102 W. Broad Street; Falls Church, Virginia 22046. A graveside service will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that a donation be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or St. Jude’s Hospital in Bill’s name. To send the family condolences please visit



  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2014


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Capt. William Richard Burlingame

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Marj Chipouras

January 23, 2014

My sympathy to the family. Bill was always a cheerful presence in the Springhill gym. He will be missed.

January 21, 2014

I was sadden to hear of the passing of Bill. For many years Bill was a member of the SHRC where he had many friends. We will all miss him. God Bless his sole.
Ruby McDaniel

January 16, 2014

My deepest sympathies go to the Burlingame family. Capt. Burlingame served his country honorably and raised a wonderful family. I always enjoyed his company. May the Burlingame family find peace and comfort while reflecting on all of the fond memories.

Mike Cyr

Ps. 34:17, 18 ~ Kim

January 16, 2014

It can be so hard to face the new year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.


January 15, 2014

"Now may the Lord of peace give you peace constantly in every way. May the Lord of peace be with all of you." 2 Thess. 3:16