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Reuben Elswick Burnett
October 14, 1926
February 9, 2020
Reuben Burnett passed away peacefully with his two daughters by his side at Rockwood Terrace in Durham, Ontario on February 9th, 2020. Predeceased by his wife Ursula Boehme, his brother Erskine Rawlins, and sisters Ercille Edey, Pearl Burnett, and Joan Burnett. He leaves behind his two daughters, Michele Burnett and Jennet (Warren) Cox. Also survived by siblings Neta Burnett, Verna Burnett, Rena Burnett and Clinton Burnett. Reuben was born on the island of Barbados, the son of Harold Burnett and Anne Louise Rawlins. In his early years, he attended St. Christopher Boys School and later went to the Boys Foundation Secondary School in Barbados. He was athletic as a child, loving all sports. He greatly enjoyed soccer, with his favourite sport being cricket. Leaving Barbados, he went to work in the oil refineries in Curacao where he became an instrument panel operator. After coming to Canada he went to the Agriculture College in Guelph with the hopes of owning a farm in Canada. Although he did not own a farm, Reuben always had a large bountiful vegetable garden. He studied English, Geography and Physical Education at Wilfred Laurier University where he met his wife Ursula in Kitchener-Waterloo. Reuben came to teach at the Ripley District School. He also worked for Loomis at the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant, and sold insurance for a brief period before opening R. B.’s School of Safe driving in Kincardine. He took great pride in his business and enjoyed teaching. He relished the community he built through his work and his many endeavours. He was very active in many areas of community life. He enjoyed participating in the Lions Club and was also a past Grand Master in Kincardine Masonic Lodge. He was a spiritual person. For many years he was treasurer at the Anglican Church in Ripley and he became a lay minister. Due to present restrictions, the celebration of Reuben’s life will now be announced at a later date. Donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation or Kinlough Anglican Church are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Rockwood Terrace - Durham, ON
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Memorial scheduled for May 30 has now been cancelled and the new date for a celebration of Reuben's life will be announced in the future
May 30, 2020-2:00 pm
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Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, ON
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The celebration of Reuben's Life will be announced at a later date.
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