Long time Grosse Pointe Farms resident, John Armistead Burwell, Jr., died peacefully at home on October 2, 2012.
Mr. Burwell was born December 23, 1929 to Lucy Powell Burwell and John Armistead Burwell in New York City but his Virginia roots go back to 1621. He graduated from Trinity School in NYC and earned a B.E. in Engineering from Yale University in 1952. Upon graduation he joined Chrysler Corporation and earned a Masters in Automotive Engineering form the Chrysler Institute. Taking a leave of absence from Chrysler, Mr. Burwell served in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Upon completing his army service, he earned an MBA in 1958 from the University of Virginia's Darden Business School. After thirty-seven years in Chrysler management, he retired in 1988 as Director of Quality Assurance for Engineering.
Mr. Burwell was a fifty-year member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon, elder, and valued member of several councils and committees. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men's Club, The Old Coon Dogs of the Pantherskin Creek, and Grosse Pointe Partners Habitat for Humanity where he worked to build multiple houses. He was an avid golfer and loved fishing, bird hunting and making and refinishing furniture.
Surviving are his wife of fifty-four years, Ethel Ogden Burwell, children: Ethel Dowling (Benjamin) of Lexington, VA, Elisabeth Reichard (Glenn) of Brinklow, MD, and John Armistead Burwell III (Hannah) of Marietta, GA; grandchildren: Peter and Betsy Dowling; Andrew Mary, Hunter and Benjamin Reichard; and Sarah and John Armistead Burwell IV. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Burwell of Greensboro, NC and his sister, Anne Whitney of Atlanta, GA. He was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Armistead Burwell.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, The Salvation Army, or Grosse Pointe Partners Habitat for Humanity, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
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