Burton Joel AHRENS

Passed away on February 18, 2021

AHRENS—Burton Joel died peacefully at age 83 on February 18, 2021.

Born to Milton and Beatrice Ahrens, Burt is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce, sons Matthew and Russell, daughters-in-law Erin and Rita, and grandchildren Naomi, Brooke, Byron, Noah, and Bennett. Known for his affinity for debate, logic, history, and classical music , he engaged and befriended everyone he met. A graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School, Burt founded his own law firm, Feit & Ahrens, and then private investment advisory, The Edgehill Corporation. An only child, he often turned strangers into friends and friends into family, whether while sailing in Greece or riding the bus in Manhattan. He loved backgammon at the University Club, photography, golfing and music in Norfolk, CT, and food almost everywhere. Most of all, he loved sharing moments with and bragging about his grandchildren. He always tried to make the lives of those he loved better. He, his delicious ad hoc cooking, and optimism, will be remembered with a smile by the many he touched.


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David Grove

March 1, 2021

Burt was a beloved member of the Yale Law School class of 1962. Encountering him at five year class reunions, with his broad smile and a twinkle in his eyes, made the years melt away. My only regret that is that we never got to play a round at the Yale golf course. I will miss him.

David Grove
Class Secretary

Paul and Susan Hawkshaw

February 26, 2021

Dear Joyce:

Susan and I were very sad to learn of Burt’s passing. He was a wonderful friend whom I will remember walking down the beautiful eighth fairway at Dundee where we enjoyed a terrific week of golf together. He loved music, and it was always fun to see him at the concerts in the Music Shed. He was especially happy with the grand children at the Saturday morning student programs. We will never forget the encouragement, support and sage advice he gave us at the Music Festival for so many years. He will be very much missed. Please accept our condolences and very best wishes to you and your family at this time.

Paul and Susan Hawkshaw.

Lisa Cambria

February 25, 2021

Dear Joyce,

I am deeply saddened to learn of Burt's passing. I remember visiting with him on those days he would accompany you to Hartford - such a kind and generous man. He will be missed by all of those he touched. May the love and memories of your precious Burt help to comfort you and your family, now and in the days ahead.

With love and sympathy,

Lisa Di Donato Cambria

Craig Nieboer

February 22, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Burt when he was a director of CES Energy Solutions. He was a prince of a gentleman and always brought insightful, thoughtful input to our board. Burt you touched many people and always made people feel that they were special. You will be missed.

Christine and David Melchinger

February 22, 2021

We are profoundly sad to learn that Burt is gone. He and Joyce were important connections to my childhood town, Norfolk, where we met through mutual friends and shared many happy times during the past decade. We loved Burt’s generous, vigorous spirit, intelligence, his energy and his being totally involved in the moment. My husband, Dave, and I looked for him and for Joyce in the front row of the Yale at Norfolk Music series'. A kind man, devoted to those people and ideals he loved, he drew his friends near. We are so very sorry that we cannot be present now to offer our heartfelt condolences to Joyce and to their family. Later, when allowed, we will gather to talk story and to celebrate his life. For now, we will be greatly missing him. We wish peace and showers of blessings upon his family as they grieve the loss of their beloved Burt.
-Chris Melchinger