January 1, 1937 – March 6, 2023
Keith Nelson Burmaster, 86, of Britt, Ontario died peacefully at Kirkwood Lodge in Sudbury after a long battle with dementia. Born in Sudbury, he was the son of the late Adeline (nee Keith) and John Burmaster. Predeceased by brothers, Don and Barry Burmaster and sisters, Lois Thompson, Diana Whitehouse, Charlotte Graham, and Donna Charbonneau. Keith is remembered by his sister Sharon (Wayne) Kutchaw, sister in-law Mary Burmaster, brothers-in-law William Whitehouse and Leo Charboneau, son David Burmaster, daughter Rebecca (Jason) Cutler as well as grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Keith, a “Jack of all trades”, started his career with Bell Telephone but quickly longed for the outdoors leading him to purchase a farm in Minesing, Ontario. Later he graduated from culinary school and worked as a chef at Base Borden in Angus. His adventurous spirit inspired him to trade it all in for his beloved sailboat “The Adeline” which became his home for more than 20 years. He sailed as far away as Cuba but he always came back home to Georgian Bay. By far, his favourite spot was Byng Inlet in Britt, Ontario where in his later years he purchased some property and built his “castle” on the Canadian Shield. He painted it green and yellow to match the colours of his boat that could be seen moored at the town dock. Keith enjoyed sitting on his veranda while listening to CBC radio and sharing stories with passersby. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion branch 591 in Britt, ON 511 Riverside Drive, on April 23, 2023, at 2pm. Donations in his memory can be made directly to the Britt Nursing Station https://wpshcf.akaraisin.com/ui/givenow/donations/start?it=.
Karen and I are so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. Our deepest condolence to all that survive Keith.
March 16, 2023