Dennis Lee Burden, 70, repairman, cabdriver

April 19, 2003

Dennis Lee Burden Jr., a former presser for a dry cleaner, bakery employee, carburetor repairman and cabdriver, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Sinai Hospital. He was 70.

A resident of the Langston Hughes neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore, Mr. Burden was born in Robenson County, N.C., where he attended school. He moved to Baltimore when he was 18 and became a clothing presser for an East Baltimore dry cleaner.

For about a decade, beginning in 1971, he stacked pans onto a conveyor belt for an A&P commercial bakery on Franklintown Road. For the next 10 years, he repaired carburetors for Barco Carburetor on Fairlawn Avenue.

In addition to his other jobs, Mr. Burden drove a taxicab part time for Sun Taxicab Co. on Sisson Street in Remington from 1974 to 1998.

"He loved driving cabs, he loved meeting the people," said his wife, the former Elizabeth Tracy of Baltimore, whom he married in 1973. "He would always tell different stories that people had told him. He was a talker."

Mr. Burden also enjoyed working on his 1977 Cadillac, which he called "the Green Hornet."

Services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Chatman Harris Funeral Home, 5240 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Burden is survived by three sons, Henry A. Tracy Sr., Quentin M. Tracy and Aaron J. Tracy, all of Baltimore; four daughters, Denise Sanders, Tracy Christian, Victoria Dodson, and Melody Tracy, all of Baltimore; two brothers, Dennis James Burden of California and Lawrence Burden of Baltimore; a sister, Rosetta B. Taylor of Turners Station; 28 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another son, Dennis Lee Burden III, died in the early 1970s.

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