Robert Morris Burton of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a former longtime resident of Montclair, died on April 19, 2021, with his devoted wife of 43 years, Norma, by his side. He was 97. 

Mr. Burton  was born in 1924 in Jersey City to Stanley and Edith (Morris) Burton. He served as a private in the Army, in North Africa and Italy, as part of the detached services, during World War II. After the war he returned to New Jersey and worked as chief engineer at St. Barnabas Hospital, and then as an HVAC control technician. 

He was a skilled plumber and continued to work in the plumbing trade after retiring to Nantucket, Massachusetts. He obtained his master plumber license at the age of 80 and officially retired at the age of 91.




While living in New Jersey, Mr. Burton was active in the Montclair Ambulance Unit and served as captain for several years. While in Nantucket, he was active in the Rotary Club, VFW and Wharf Rat Club, and was a member of the Nantucket First Congregational Church. He was a longtime member of the Nantucket Yacht Club, where he enjoyed sailing with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; his four children, Barbara Warren, Robert Jr. (Caroline), Sandy (Leslie Light), and Patricia Small (Alan); a stepson, Mark Porter (Cynthia Kitay); 11 grandchildren, Deanna Atkinson, Robert Atkinson, Jenna Burton (John Slater), Graham Burton (LuAnn), Alexander Burton, Christopher Burton, Jackson Burton, Alison Bolt (Robert), Brian Small, Katelyn Wyatt (Liam), William Small (Amelia), and eight great-grandchildren, Annabelle Burton, Myles Burton, Grayson Bolt, Gemma Bolt, Chase Wyatt, Riley Wyatt, Audrey Small and Violet Small. 

Mr. Burton was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Gladys Ginder, and his stepson, John Porter.  

Interment was arranged at the National Veterans Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.  A celebration of his life will be held at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Burton’s name to the VFW of Nantucket, 22 New South Road, Nantucket, MA 02554.

Arrangements were by Memorial Funeral Homes, memorialfuneralhome.com.