Burdick, Stanley Lester

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Stanley L. Burdick passed away peacefully at his home in Copper Hill, Va., on October 18, 2022, shortly after celebrating his 90th birthday. Stan was born in Adams, N.Y., on August 3, 1932, the son of Donald Burdick and Katherine (Ault), and grew up in nearby Watertown. N.Y.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Jr. and Richard, and his devoted partner of 45 years, Douglas Todd. Stan is survived by his brother, David; his sister, Sandra (Bob) Woodward; his nephews, Steven, Kevin, and Gary; his niece, Roxanne (Scott) George, and several great-nieces and -nephews.

Stan enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He and Douglas lived there for 20 years before moving to Copper Hill in 1977, due to a deepening relationship with Light Morning community, also known as A.L.M.

Stan loved games. Triominos and Rummikub were among his favorites. He would go out to play Bingo with Sandra and Bob each time he visited them in Watertown. Another enjoyable pastime was buying the occasional low-dollar Scratch ticket at Kroger. Stan also loved to search the Kroger shelves for special bargains. Being a classic penny-pincher, he saw bargain-hunting as another delightful game.

Stanley also cultivated some warm friendships at Kroger. Making and keeping friends was indeed one of Stan’s greatest gifts. He befriended numerous people over the years and maintained lifelong friendships with many of them. He was there for them when they needed him, and they gladly returned his caring in any way they could. That’s why we are grieving Stan’s passing, and why we have already begun to celebrate his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 2 p.m. at the Light Morning community, 8471 Autumn Drive, Copper Hill, VA 24079. Bring finger foods and memories to share. If you’re unable to attend please consider making a donation to your local food pantry.