William Burbank

December 19, 1944January 22, 2019

William Lawrence Burbank, age 74, passed away from complications of pneumonia on January 22, 2019 at Boston Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Chelsea, MA in 1944 to Daniel and Irene Burbank, Bill was raised in Longmeadow, MA with his two sisters. He received his undergraduate degree from American International College and his Master’s in Landscape Architecture from UMASS Amherst. In 1979, Bill married Barbara Rosander and moved to Cape Cod in 1985. Bill had a successful entrepreneurial career and built personal and professional relationships that would last a lifetime. After decades of quietly managing his polycystic kidney disease, Bill was forced into early retirement. However, that did not dissuade his active involvement in the Sandwich community and his pursuit of becoming an eloquent and thoughtful author. A loyal family-man, Bill took great pleasure in watching his grandsons play sports and bonding with his son-in-laws over sports. He is survived by his bride, Barbara, three daughters, Whitney, Kelle, and Rachael, and five grandchildren, Connor, Ethan, Braden, Evelyn and Gracyn. He is also survived by his sister Lee Burbank Ross and many loving nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his sister Betsey Burbank Sink. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trustees of Sandwich Beaches, A celebration of life will be held for Bill at West Parish-Barnstable, 2049 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable, MA on Saturday January 26 at 11 am.


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Cesar Valiente

January 26, 2019

A benevolent Mentor, I am eternally grateful to have learned from your passion and purpose for life, family and landscape architecture. Godspeed, and wherever the next journey takes you, I know you will make it a Beautiful place!

Daryl Crossman

January 25, 2019

Bill was a very good friend. We always enjoyed our talks. He only wanted the best for Sandwich. He seemed to always be seeking out people to talk, or working on a project to improve or preserve the town. And, from what I see, he enjoyed meeting people for coffee - especially at Lamberts. It must have been his office away from home. He will be sorely missed.

Carl Johansen

January 25, 2019

Mr. Burbank had a heart of Gold , Silent , but strong . Now he is among the angels of light bringing joy to the Lord, as he welcomes Bill home , one last time. May we all reflect his loss to the community of Sandwich .

Michael Robbins

January 23, 2019

Bill was a brilliant mind. I will miss his friendship dearly. Go with God, my friend..