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Donald K. Burd

December 15, 1929 ~ April 21, 2020 (age 90)



Donald K. Burd, 90, passed away peacefully of natural causes on April 20, 2020 in East Longmeadow.  Born December 15, 1929 in Springfield, MA, he was the son of the late Francis W. and Mima M. (Jones) Burd. He graduated from Springfield Technical High School and attended AIC.  He served in the US Army in Korea.  After his discharge, he joined his father’s business as a machinist at Burd Manufacturing Co., Inc., retiring 50 year later as its President. Don and his wife traveled worldwide, pursuing his hobby of nature photography.  His photos won awards internationally through the Photographic Society of America.  His two trips to Antarctica were his favorites.  He was an active member of several local photography groups and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Springfield. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Ruth E. Lawson.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Emily “Del” Burd and his children Gary S. Burd (Grace) of Kirkland, Washington  and Randall S. Burd (Angela) of Potomac, Maryland and grandchildren Andrew, Hannah, Colton, Caroline, and Henry. His family would like to express their deep-felt thanks to the staff at East Village Place, East Longmeadow and Baystate Hospice for their care, kindness and support. Contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to Baystate Health Foundation – Hospice, 280 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Byron Keenan Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen Street, Springfield, MA, 01118. For additional information please visit



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