Eric “Rick” J. Burgess, 63, beloved husband, father, papa, brother and uncle, passed peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Albany Medical Center, following a brief illness. His beloved family was by his side. He was born October 5, 1950, to his mother, Annette Yott Burgess and father, Earl Burgess, Jr.
Michele and Rick were married November 1, 1975 at Sacred Heart Church by Father Joseph Quinn. Together they raised three children.
Rick is survived by his wife of nearly 39 years, Michele and his children, Justin and wife, Jackie of Medina, Adrienne and Jarod, both of Bennington. He also leaves five grandsons, Damon, Carter, Cody, Jackson and Jake, as well as one granddaughter, Alana. Rick also leaves three sisters, Helen Morandi and husband, John of Bennington, Mary Bradt and husband Jeffrey of Cohoes, New York and Jo-Anne Prouty and husband, George of Bennington; a beloved aunt, Helen Yott of Connecticut as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be held Friday, September 5, 2014, at 10:30 A.M., from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 11 A.M., where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. The burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 4 until 7 P.M., when the family will be in attendance.
If friends desire, contributions, in memory of Rick, may be made in care of Michele Burgess for a scholarship for his grandchildren through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net