John Thomas "Dick" Burda, asbestos worker

He had served in Marines during Korean War

August 23, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

John Thomas "Dick" Burda, a retired asbestos worker and former Howard County resident, died Sunday of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson. He was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Edmondson Village, Mr. Burda attended city public schools.

He served with the Marine Corps in Korea during the Korean War, where he was wounded. He was later awarded the Purple Heart.

For 35 years until retiring in 1989, Mr. Burda worked out of Pipe Coverers' Union 11, which is now Local 24.

The longtime Ellicott City resident moved to Ocean Pines 15 years ago. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing and crabbing with his family.

He was a member of American Legion Post 156 and the Knights of Columbus.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St., Ellicott City.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Doris Crandall; two sons, Jay Burda of Reisterstown and Ricky Burda of Westminster; a daughter, Charon Burda of Catonsville; a brother, Mike Burda of Smyrna, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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