OBITUARIES CELEBRATE AND HONOR THE LIVES OF OUR LOVED ONES
In loving memory of
Thomas Douglas Burton
June 3, 1942 – July 11, 2019
Born in Martin, Tennesse, fourth child of James Jarrell Burton and Helen Elizabeth Douglas.
Baptized in the Catholic faith at the age of eighteen, Tom's strong faith sustained him throughout his life. After a brief singing “career” with the Dell-Tones, he returned to high school at St. Mel's in Chicago, graduating at the age of twenty-one. He then entered the Christian Brothers Novitiate for four years, during which time he completed his bachelors' degree at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. He later earned a masters' degree in theater arts at Northeastern Illinois University.
Tom left footsteps in the hearts of so many:
his students at Von Humboldt Elementary and Kennedy-King Junior College, and his clients and coworkers at Burton Realty, all in Chicago. Throughout thirty years of poor health, he remained curious, interested and engaged in life. He became a massage therapist while living in New Mexico, was a choir member, a cameraman for a religious program, a communion minister, a cook for “Kitchen Angels” charity, a CASA representative, he taught religious education and for many years was a caseworker with the Saint Vincent DePaul Society in Austin. He even had his homework ready for the Spanish class scheduled for the day he passed on.
He was the type of person you would never forget once you met him. Kind and sweet with a generous heart and spirit and a sensitive soul who delighted in nature, his family and any person he encountered. He had a tremendous love for people and was always at the ready with smiles, jokes and laughter. We will remember forever his crazy sense of humor and his infectious smile. May he sit at the right hand of the Lord entertaining the multitudes!
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 49 years and 6 months—Mary (Marika), his son Steven, daughter Suzanne, his ever-faithful dog Valentino, as well as the extended Burton and Boka families.
A memorial mass will be held at Saint Vincent DePaul Church, 9500 Neenah Ave., Austin, TX 78717 on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception afterwards.
The funeral mass will be at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL 60714 at 10 am on Saturday, November 2, followed by a brunch nearby.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corp, or the Saint Vincent De Paul Society at the above Austin address or a charity of your choice.