Lester H.N. "Bud" Burnham

  • Born: March 21, 1939
  • Died: October 15, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

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Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family


Lester H. N. "Bud" Burnham, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away at home on Friday, October 15, 2021 at age 82.

Lester was born in Boston on March 21, 1939, the son of the late Judith A. (Nelson) and Harold W. Burnham. Known as "Bud," he was raised and educated in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School with the Class of 1956. He met his future wife, Emelie Margeson while at Melrose High, and they would go on to share many years of love and friendship.

Bud's work ethic and self-dependence was instilled at a young age from his father who grew up on a farm in Hampton, CT. He would rely on this work ethic throughout his life and would pass it on to his children. While in high school, Bud established his own landscaping business in Melrose, mowing lawns, paving driveways, and doing masonry work. He received his degree in 1963 from Boston University, and owned and operated Burnham Real Estate, providing commercial management and brokerage to clients throughout the northeast from 1960 until retiring in the early 1980's.

Bud was an ambitious, determined man who cherished his family, and valued his community. In 1975, he became a Trustee of the Fitch Home where he served for 40 years, including 20 years as President. He also helped revitalize downtown Melrose, serving as President of the Melrose Redevelopment Authority for 25 years.

With his family, he enjoyed traveling across the United States via motorhome visiting all 50 states. He also enjoyed special trips to Europe, Alaska and Bermuda with Emelie. Bud looked forward to spending time in New Hampshire during the summer months boating on Lake Winnipesaukee and spending time with family at their home in Moultonborough. In his free time, Bud enjoyed model trains and antique cars, especially his 1949 Chrysler Woody convertible.

Bud was a well-respected, ambitious, and loyal man with strong family values and a keen sense of adventure. He leaves a legacy that inspires his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered for his self-reliance, honest hard work, and family values.

Bud was the beloved husband of Emelie (Margeson) Burnham with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. Devoted father of David N. Burnham and his wife Joyce of Reading, and Andrew L. Burnham and his wife Suzanne of N. Reading. Cherished grandfather of Tyler, Samuel, Pierce, Parker, and Paxton.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 4-7pm. Funeral Services will be private. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Fitch Home, 75 Lake Ave., Melrose MA 02176. For online tribute visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am grateful to the Burnham family for the unique opportunity they afford me to live in their former family home, which Mr. Burnham cleverly converted to gracious, lovely, apartment living spaces: I get to enjoy Mr. Burnham's creativity every day. For me, he lives on. Thank you, Mr. Burnham.

Posted by allen swartz - melrose, MA - Acquaintance   October 20, 2021

My mother and aunts enjoyed over 20 years of living in apartments in Bud's childhood home on Vinton Street. My condolences.

Posted by Jayne Wentworth Hall - School   October 20, 2021

I would like to extend My Condolences to Dave & Joyce as well as the entire Burnham Family. I just finished watching the Video Tribute Honoring 'Bud's Life"! Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to meet him but Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to have a Business Relationship with David. You may know the old saying, "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree"! Reading the Highlights, I now understand where Dave may get some of his Work Ethics, Personality & Sense of Humor! However, I also realize that, Behind Every Good Man- "There Is A Greater Woman"!! Cherish the Life that you have shared & Treasure the Memories Forever!

Posted by Ken & Carol Dempsey - Burlington, MA - Family Friend   October 18, 2021

So very sorry to learn about Bud's passing. Had hoped to be in touch with him. He was my first boyfriend over 65 years ago. I remember Bud as fun loving, kind and a hard worker. At 16 he mowed lawns and was dedicated to his business. Childhood memories were great. Condolences to Emelie and the family.

Posted by Margot Ferguson - St.Petersburg, FL - Classmate   October 17, 2021


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