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Michael Hervey Burnham

Michael Hervey Burnham, 61, passed Friday, May 25, 2018 in his Essex home after dealing with serious health issues.
He was born in Ipswich November 14, 1956, the son of the late Everett “Mose” and Ann (Oakes) Burnham. Michael attended Essex Elementary and Gloucester High School, and at graduation he received a special award for not missing a day of school in twelve years. He was a graduate of Salem State University in 1980 where he received his B.S. in Biology. Some of the happiest times of his life were years spent in Botswana with the Peace Corps. Upon his return he took a job with the Department of Marine Fisheries as a Quality Assurance Inspector in Gloucester where he worked for almost twenty years.  Later in his work career Michael was employed by Macy’s in Peabody as a Seasonal Service Ambassador.
Michael was blessed with many talents. He loved cooking meals for family and friends. He enjoyed singing in the choir at the First Congregational Church of Essex and at the Tabernacle Church in Salem.  An active member of the Manchester Masonic Lodge AF&AM, he had served in several official positions including Past Master.  Michael loved Essex and being on the water, sailing the family O’Day sailboat out the creek and down river.  A loving and caring person, he moved in with his grandmother when her health was failing and took care of her until her passing. He was always there to drive his friends to doctor’s appointments, help them grocery shop and whatever they needed. He spent many peaceful hours gardening on County Road.
He will be missed by his longtime companion in life, Scott Mezansky of Essex; brothers Westley Burnham and his wife Dawn, Dana Burnham and his wife Sharlene; nieces Kelly Burns and Erin Ricker; nephews, Nathan, Tyler and Alec Burnham; grandniece and grandnephew Emily and Joshua Ricker; “sisters” Catherine Fraser and Margaret Hatfield and their children; the Lutts Family of Salem and friend Jeff Butler of Essex.
A Memorial / Celebration of Life Service, with a service by the Manchester Masonic Lodge will be held Friday, June 8 at 4 pm in the First Congregational Church of Essex, 39 Main Street, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Memorial contributions in his name  may be sent to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org, click  “In Memory.” Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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