It is with great sadness that we share the news of our father’s passing, Fenwick Burnham on November 23rd. Fenwick, or Fen to some, was born, and lived his entire life, and died at his home on the Coverdale Road. He may be the last of the original families who owned farms going from Salisbury to Riverview.
Fenwick spent his childhood on his parent’s dairy farm, attending a one room schoolhouse and later Salisbury Regional High School. It is here that he met the love of his life, Doreen Eagles. They married and purchased part of the original homestead which included a home built by his grandparents. Together, Doreen and Fenwick raised 3 children. They also helped many of Doreen’s younger siblings learn to drive on the farm, with Fenwick being more like a big brother to them, rather than a brother-in-law.
Over the years, many extended family members spent summers at the farm, learning to make hay, drive a tractor or build go carts and dune buggies. Fenwick and Doreen both went out of their way to offer help to anyone who needed it, even welcoming people in the middle of the night during snowstorms.
Fenwick retired at 55 and decided to give up his side job of having beef cattle. With the extra time on his hands, too many cookies were consumed, and he decided he needed a new hobby. He joined the Lions Club in Salisbury to everyone’s surprise, and never looked back. While he enjoyed his 37 years with CN, it never compared to the joy he found during his 30 years with Lions. His shifts selling 50/50 tickets up at the track and making pancakes on the 3rd Saturday of the month were priorities on his social calendar. His many years on the board of The Villa, helping with fundraisers and driving the tractor during the Salisbury Community Days helped him connect with people in a way that brought him true happiness. He recently received the prestigious Melvin Jones Award for his dedication.
Fenwick is survived by his three children, Kim (Vince), David (Winnifred) and Shelley (Steve), 8 grandchildren (Nicholas, Melinda, Kyla, Lindy, Mandy, Laura, Jessica, Tyler and special Chinese grandchild Sherry Liu Shijin), and 4 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his only sister Ethel, sisters in law Marilyn, Carolyn, Georgia, Barb, Isabel and brother-in-law Bill.
Kim, David and Shelley would like to thank the many people who helped over the recent months, in an effort to keep dad at home, which was his wish. A special thank you to Pete and Sandra Vuillemot have been so much more than neighbors over the last 35 years, checking in on dad every day, inviting him to dinner, taking him on road trips and providing him with assistance on crossword puzzles. Thank you to our aunt, Marilyn Bishop, who spent countless hours caring for dad, offering advice and a listening ear. To Holly of the extra mural team, whose quick action ensured dad was comfortable right to the end, thank you.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Route 106 (506-372-4800) with visiting Monday, November 27 from 6 pm – 8 pm. The funeral will be held Tuesday, November 28 at 11 am with Rev. Chris Hayes officiating. Interment at Five Points Cemetery.
If desired, donations in memory of Fenwick to the Salisbury Lions Club or Local Food Bank would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences at www.keirsteads.ca
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