Billerica, Massachusetts - Donald P. Burlamachi, age 75, of Billerica, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted and beloved husband of Donna M. (Mastrullo) Burlamachi for 53 years.
Born on June 24, 1939, in Somerville, he was the youngest child of Peter D. and Mary C. (Razzaboni) Burlamachi. Don graduated from Somerville High School and entered the Boston Local 103 Electricians Union. He proudly served in the United States Army Reserve for eight years in the Yankee Division.
Don and Donna met at Nutting Lake in Billerica in 1956. They married at St. Theresa's Church on August 27, 1961, and resided in Somerville before purchasing their home in Billerica in 1965, where they raised their loving family together. Don was a familiar face as a Billerica Town Meeting Member for many years.
Don worked as a union electrician apprentice, journeyman, foreman, and project manager. He later attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, earning his certification in Electrical Facilities Engineering. He began a new, rewarding career as an Electrical Facilities Engineer for Honeywell, Honeywell Bull, and Bull Electronics, beginning in Lawrence, Waltham, and Brighton manufacturing facilities before retiring in 1997. During his retirement, he began working for several funeral homes in Billerica, Lowell, Chelmsford, Maynard, and Concord. His gift of interaction with the public was a blessing, and he always made friends.
His family was the center of his life. Family, holidays, and neighborhood gatherings were always filled with fun and laughter. He was a gracious host and an excellent cook. He also enjoyed gardening, relaxing in his yard, and spent many summers on Cape Cod.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his loving children, Lori M. Summerlin of Billerica, Kim M. McKenna and husband Gregg of Wilmington, Glenn D. and wife Beth of Concord, and Mark P. and wife Tracy of Dunstable. Don is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Julianne and Matthew McKenna, Kyle and Caroline Burlamachi, and Eric Summerlin, his brother Leonard of Lakeland, Florida, and his sister Lorraine of Somerville, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters Dorothy Phillips and Barbara Hutchinson.
Family and friends gathered for Don's life celebration on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap St., Concord. His funeral mass was celebrated on Monday at 10:30 am at St. Theresa's Church, 466 Boston Road, Billerica; Interment followed with U.S. Army Military Honors at Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica.
Concord's town flag flew at half-staff to honor Don's service to his country in the United States Army.
Gifts in Don's name may be made to:
The Home for Little Wanderers
10 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, Concord Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Concord.