Paul Eugene Bursey


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Andover, MA - Paul Eugene Bursey, 82, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer at Wingate in Haverhill.
A longtime resident of Andover, Paul was born and raised in Cambridge, MA where he attended Cambridge Public Schools. His younger adult years were spent in Baltimore, working for the Coast Guard, and he recounted many fond memories of his time there. The only child of Johanna and Gordon Bursey (of Newfoundland, CAN, deceased), he was incredibly funny and well-liked by all who knew him. An extremely talented and skilled
woodworker, he enjoyed building detailed boat models and beautiful furniture. His apartment paid homage to his love of carpentry and collectibles with model cars, figurines (many of which he made himself), two woodworking benches and an eclectic assortment of books. An avid walker, he went everywhere on foot, chatting up anyone he met. He enjoyed the Saturday morning coffee hour at Old Town Hall
and his presence and larger than life personality will be sorely missed by many.
Paul is survived by his daughter, Alicia Rose Bursey, former wife,
Susan Big, both of Andover, Canadian cousins, lifelong friends
Edward and Diane Rice of Cambridge, as well as many friends and associates. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to Beacon Hospice and South Church in Andover.
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Published on August 22, 2019
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Jeffrey Barnes
Sep 11, 2019
Having met Paul,only 3 yrs ago,@ the Senior Center,(current events Thursday's,@ "old town hall") one could not help but notice a mind that was well groomed+working. He seemed like a conservative with a focus on politics as humor. Wisdom with wit,was his trademark. Having been diagnosed with cancer, Paul was no complainer,refusing rides,goodies,etc. that I offered. To say he'll be missed is a serious understatement. "Ava Shalom" (rest in peace)Paul, my friend! (They don't come much better!!)
John Christoforo
Aug 24, 2019
Paul and I shared many happy times together since we met in 1996 when my wife Chris and I and our kids , Becky, Jack and Faye moved in across the street. He and I estimated that we coached some 350 basketball and soccer practices and games together with our daughters in tow, Alicia and Faye , many many lunches of baked potatoes with chili and rootbeer floats at Wendys , trips to the annual Red Bow Fair, Home Depot and most of all Market Basket ,our favorite.
Honestly he was a great guy to have along on a shopping trip because in addition to being great company and fun to be around he knew more about more things than just about anybody I know . And I cannot remember Paul ever complaining a
...bout anything.
Typically I would be the one doing most of the shopping and Paul would announce himself as my Spiritual Advisor.
Paul had that unique ability of making those around him feel special, listened to and valued. We could talk about anything and we did often in a language that others might find a bit odd.
A typical phone call especially the last couple of years might go something like this......
Me, Bursey???
Paul, Bursey on the wireless here
Me, How ya doin?
Paul, about half
Me, You aren't looking so good today
Paul, unprintable you
We shared an honesty and connection that is rare for a couple of guys . I am better for having known Paul and will miss him.
John Christoforo
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