|THOMAS V. BURNARD
ALFRED STATION-Thomas V. Burnard, 76, of Jericho Hill Road, passed away unexpectedly Friday (June 22, 2018) at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, Pa. where he was taken after suddenly becoming ill enroute to his new home in Plainwell, Mich.
Born in High Wycombe, England on June 28, 1943, he was the son of the late Ronald and Dorothy (Wennington) Burnard. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his two sisters, Rona Kinback and Jennifer Morey.
A graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1959, Tom proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard from 1959 to his honorable discharge in 1963. He received and associate’s degree in electrical technology from Empire State College and was the first graduate of the Alfred State E.S.C. unit in 1978.
His career involved working for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Michigan on various construction sites; also, at the Eastman Kodak Marketing Center in Rochester and Alfred State College where he received three teaching awards over his 25 years of employment. Those awards included the Alumni Teacher of the Year Award, the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Award from the University of Texas at Austin.
Because of his expertise in the technology of automated control systems, he was enlisted as a consultant by the Institute of Technology for Central America (ITCA) over a six-year period with many trips to El Salvador. There he developed various criteria for their country’s educational system. He retired in 2000 as a Professor Emeritus from the SUNY system.
Tom’s first love was always his family and he worked hard in his obligations to provide for them at all times. He also totally enjoyed his hobby of toy trains and served on the Board of Directors of the Toy Train Collectors Society.
His loving family includes his wife of 55 years the former, Barbara Fenlon, who he married in 1963; his son, Scott (Trish) Burnard of Queensbury, N.Y.; his daughter, Renee (Kenneth) Mayhew of Ocoee, Fla., Fla.; his three grandchildren, Tyler and Cody Day of Ocoee, Fla. and Kelsie Burnard of Queensbury, N.Y.; one great-grandson, Maverick Day of Ocoee, Fla.; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sharon (Chuck) Chamberlain of Clarkston, Mich., Mary (Ray) Sawyer of Waterford, Mich. and Millie (Mark) Stull of Allegan, Mich.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to serve the family of Thomas V. Burnard.
To honor his wishes there will be no callings hours. A private graveside service, with military honors, will be held in his memory at the convenience of the family at Wood lawn Cemetery, Canisteo.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, N.Y. 14843.
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