Peter N. Burr, 71, loved to teach kids to have fun and argue his point

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Peter N. Burr, 71, passed away peacefully at home after a short fight with lung cancer. He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., to the late Hazel and Albert Burr. He lived in Fairfield until 2010 when he retired and moved to Wilmington.

Peter graduated from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, W.Va. He worked for RT Vanderbilt Company, Norwalk, Conn., for 25 years in various jobs – purchasing, sales, and, lastly, human resources. He loved to work on things – rebuilding houses, his little British cars, woodworking on his new lathe.

Kids loved him because he had all the toys – bikes, motorcycles, skis, boats, kayaks, target and skeet shooting. He loved being outdoors, and he loved teaching kids to have fun. He could argue a point until he was blue in the face, or you gave up, whichever came first, but once you were his friend, it was forever. He had no mere acquaintances. Peter was an enthusiastic member of the British Motor Club of the Cape Fear, Wilmington Area Woodturners Association, UNCW’s CEN program and the Buccaneer Gun Club.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to all, he leaves his wife of 45 years, Karen; daughter, Abigail, and her husband, Dustin Reynolds; son, Geoffrey, his wife, Carrie, and their two beautiful redheads, Charlotte and Callie; his brother, Todd, and his family; niece, Julie Cox, and her family; nephews, John Burr, and his family, Ryan Burr, and his family, and Dan Burr; as well as so many other family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Howard.

A funeral service was held on Sunday, February 28, at Andrews Mortuary, Market Street, Wilmington, at 2 p.m. Instead of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. A memorial service and interment of his ashes will be held at a later date in Fairfield, Conn.

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