William G Burris

(May 23, 1932 to Apr 6, 2012)

William G. Burrisrn It was fitting that Captain Bill owned a boat named Straight Arrow, it reflected how he lived his life. He knew that integrity was much easier kept than recovered. As the owner and original founder of Burris Construction in Mt. Laurel, he was always known to be a man of his word. His handshake was more binding than any written contract. A self-confessed workaholic, he was never happier than when he saw a line of concrete trucks getting ready to start the day. His employees knew they always had a stable job, so long as they could keep up with him. When it came to retirement, Bill was no less energetic. He didn’t waste away the time in a porch rocking chair. As a matter of fact, if you tried to get him by phone, you were likely to hear his answering machine state that he was “either fishing, golfing or laying by the pool.” When he wasn’t baiting hooks or putting for par, he could be found making his own wine. Not only did he enjoy it himself, in keeping with his generous personality he gave it away to family and friends. rn As a young man, returning home after serving in the Marines, Bill met a young woman named Patricia (nee Williams) at a local dance. Before her passing in 2011, their 56 year marriage was blessed by their children: William (Linda) of Moorestown, Nancy DeAngelis (Libero) of Shamong, Scott (Elizabeth) of Marlton and Daniel of Hainesport, and again by their grandchildren: Billy, Tracy, Johnny, Amy, Kristin, Patty, Kellie, Alexandra, Michael, Zachary and Devon. Bill is also survived by his great-granddaughter Gianna Taylor DeAngelis, his brothers: Dennis and Donald Burris and his sisters: Carol Ann Imhoff (Francis) and Irene Gares (Dr. Gerald).rn Come celebrate Bill’s 79 wonderful years (May 23, 1932-April 6, 2012) Wednesday from 11 to Noon at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 1 Winchester Ct., Tabernacle, NJ 08088, where the service will be at Noon. Interment private. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the church at the above address.rn Come share a memory of Bill at Sweeney FH.comrn

10 thoughts on “William G Burris

  1. LILLY&STEVE SILBERSTEIN

    SORRY TO HEAR THE SAD NEWS, kRISTIN.SPOKE OF HER POP POP OFTEN,SHE ADORED HIM Please think howw luckyyou were to have known such a wonderful man,hes at rest now

  2. Janet Burris

    You will be greatly missed Pop-Pop. A million dollar smile. YouLearned quick not to pull your finger! You were right Kristin is a good kid. Say Hi to Grammy. My thoughts and prayers are with the Burris Family.

  3. Philip & Carol Valianti

    My heart felt sorrow is given to my fellow U.S. Marine, my friend and and my wine club mentor. Your smile filled every room and the sunshine you spread was emense. The Lord absolutely blessed the right man when he touched his hand upon you at birth. May you live a beautiful life in heaven. rnrnSemper Fi’

  4. Paul & Cheryl Hulse

    I will always remember you Bill as a mentor, business associate and friend. Your loyalty and advice will be ingrained in me always. Cheryl thought the world of you and Pat and we always enjoyed coming to your home, and the many lunches we had discussing projects we were working on. Thank you for being a true friend to us. Rest in peace with our Lord, and may everlasting happiness be with you always my dear friend.

  5. Edie Cobleigh Santos

    I will always smile when I think of Mr. Burris (Bill) he was a generous person who loved his family very much. I remember his work ethic and how he could take a 5 minute power nap and be ready for the next venture. I will never forget driving to the Mt. Holly court house (jobsite) with him. He had just bought a dark blue Jaguar and he wanted me to do some clean up at the site. I swear we made to Mount Holly in 5 seconds flat. He told the crew I would be working there and that they were to treat as if I were his daughter. He said be respectful and help her out if she needs anything. They treated me great and I could tell they all loved working for this man. I will always remember his kindness. May you rest in peace my friend.

  6. Valerie Cook

    Uncle Bill I’ll always remember my younger years over your house, was alway’s warm & inviting and lots of fun times. I’m glad I got to see you again after not seeing you in a long time. God Bless you.

  7. Nunzio & Maribel Patruno

    The biggest of men, the most caring of fathers, may your memory live on in the hearts & minds of all the friends and family you have touched through out your years. Rest in peace.

  8. Gary Manning

    Bill, Nancy,rnrnI only knew your dad through both of you. Knowing you means he had to be a great dad.rnrnHe is with the LORD now. Any pain and suffering has passed. You have my deepest sympathies and prayer.rnMay comfort begin.rnrnSincerely,rnGaryrn

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