2011-01-06 / Obituaries


Ralph J. Burdick, age 77, a lifelong resident of Brewster, died Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in Danbury, CT.

Born in Brewster on December 30, 1932, Ralph was the son of Ernest and Dorothea (Hofmann) Burdick. He attended Brewster schools.

Ralph married Eileen Smith on July 6, 1973 in Brewster.

Known as ‘The King,’ Ralph was owner and operator of Ralph Burdick Blacktopping Inc. in Brewster for 50 years. As a young man, Ralph grew up on the historic Maple Farm owned and operated by his parents. Through the years, Ralph owned and operated several businesses including the Putnam Lake Inn, Burdick’s Deli in Putnam Lake and Red Development Corp. of which he took great pride in the purchase of various properties throughout Putnam County.

Although he kept very busy with numerous business ventures, there was always time for family celebrations and the like. Ralph was a true family man at heart. He was also a very charitable man. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Besides his wife Eileen of 37 years, Ralph is survived by his five children, Julianne Marie Dyas and John Lane of Springhill, FL, Ralph ‘Joe’ Burdick Jr. and his wife Linda of Brewster, Frederick J. Burdick and his wife Brenda of Brewster, Susan Lynn Adelsperger and her husband Dan of Eureka, CA, and Dorothea E. Cadigan and her husband Michael of LaGrange, NY; a brother, John Burdick and his wife Ada of Brewster; two sisters, Elaine Otto of Carmel, and Marilyn Smith and her husband Larry of Patterson; a sister-in-law, Vivian Burdick of Brewster; nine grandchildren, Thomas, Jessica, Patricia, Ashley, Amanda, Kathryn, Kenneth, Zachary and Taylor; two great grandchildren, Jesse James and Isabella. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, Ernest Jr. and Arthur D. Burdick.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster. Interment followed at Milltown Rural Cemetery, Brewster.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to the St. Lawrence O’Toole Building Fund, 31 Prospect St., Brewster, NY 10509.

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