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: Art Burton, RIP

04-08-2008, 11:47 PM
Art Burton passed away (Tuesday) at his home surrounded by his loving family.

His family found much solace reading the many tributes during his bout with cancer. No good dead goes unnoticed and he certainly cared about the many people that crossed his path. These messages have meant so much to Art and his family. Hopefully they will have closure now and rest from the caring of a love one.

He is in a better place away from pain and suffering. Art never liked imposing on anyone. He was very independent, especially for 79. His burial will be private for his immediate family. That's how Art wanted it. He never wanted to interrupting the flow of life for anyone, especially for him.

Rest in peace!

If you want to read more testiment to a good life click on this link.


Arthur E. Burton Sr.
BURTON, ARTHUR E., SR., 79 of N. Smithfield, RI, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at his home.

He was born January 19, 1929 in Fall River, MA, son of the late Alfred and Stella (Smith) Burton. He was a Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Army. He has made his home in N. Smithfield for the past eight years, formerly of East Providence for 26 years.

He was a toolmaker-engineer. He retired from Ballou Manufacturing Company in Providence in 1996. He also worked for Kilmartin Tool Company, Providence and Kaman Aerospace in Moosup. His hobbies included archaeology, the Blackstone Valley Ham Radio Operator, an avid fly fisherman for over 65 years, making his own rods and tying his own flies, deer hunter, making and flying Radio Controlled Airplanes. He was a Boy Scout Leader, and coached Little League and Senior League Baseball. He was a member of the Massachusetts Archaeology Society, Academy of Model Aeronautics, Rhody Fly Rodders, RIMS, a life member of Walum Lake Rod & Gun Club.

He leaves his companion of 34 years, Helen Davis, his sons: Arthur E. (Frances) Burton, Jr. of Westerly, RI, Garry L. Burton of Chepachet, RI, his daughter Gail Finch of Seekonk, MA, grandchildren Arthur III, Michael, Christopher, William, great grandchildren Caroline and Dakota.

Funeral Services will be private. Burial in Grove Street Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Hasbro Children's Hospital, PO Box H, Providence, RI 02901.

04-09-2008, 12:26 AM
Very, very sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathies for Art's family.

Art, thank you for all you've done for our sport.

04-09-2008, 04:49 AM
My sympathies to his loved ones.

Our brother, mentor and friend - Art will always have a place in our hearts and minds as we carry out the tradition that he held so high in is vivid and full life.

Let's do him proud guys.

04-09-2008, 05:35 AM
Art, you'll always be there when I walk the South County beaches.

Tight lines old friend and sincerest condolences to the Burton familly.

04-09-2008, 05:38 AM
Good-bye Art. You will truly be missed.

04-09-2008, 06:16 AM
My condolences to the Burton family. Know that he was loved by many and will be missed by many. Tight lines Art.

04-09-2008, 06:40 AM
Condolences to Art's family. Art was a fine gentlemen.

04-09-2008, 07:01 AM
My condolences to Art's family. Ron

04-09-2008, 10:27 AM
If any of us has any good fishing digital of Art, can you please post them. I lost all my material about Art when my computer crashed. I think a photo essay would be a nice tribute.

Thank you.

04-09-2008, 12:30 PM
Very sorry to hear this... sympathies to his family...

04-09-2008, 03:01 PM
As requested:

04-09-2008, 06:15 PM
Very sorry to hear this. Art was on of those rare fishermen who didn't keep secrets and always like to share his knowledge . He offered to guide me on a walk of his beloved RI beaches. It never happened and I wish that it had.
A true gentleman who will truly be missed. FishHawk(Bill)

04-09-2008, 08:31 PM
A well lived life comes to an end.
Art was a very generous man and I'm glad I had a chance to take him up on the offer he made to many of us.
I spent a whole September day in South County driving around with Art looking for birds and listening to his stories. It was a beautiful day and I never once felt disappointed that we never found any fish.
The thing that stands out the most about Art in my mind is his determination to be on the water to the very end.
I've known him for over ten years and he always had that look of a frail old man in that time. To see him away from the water you could never believe that this was the guy that drove around with a little rubber boat on his roof that he would take out through the breachways. It was only a few years ago he emailed me about the hot action he was finding at the tip of Napatree point. He was hiking out there by himself carrying his waders on his back!
I can only hope I have a fraction of the drive and and determination Art had when I reach that age.

04-09-2008, 08:49 PM
After I typed the post above I went back through my email to find Art's last message to me.
The words he sent take new meaning for me now that he is gone. To illustrate the point I made above about Art's determination, I thought I'd share part of what he had to say.

"I still fish from Napatree to Charlestown, have a beach
sticker and still belong to RIMS. I hope to start fishing again in the
spring. If you care to, let me know when you are going to be coming down, I am
sure we could hookup. I also have gotten a new Old Town Kayak."

He sent me that message a couple of months ago. Even in the shape he was in, he had every intention of getting back out there. I have no doubt that if he could have hung on a few more weeks, he'd have found a way to get there.

04-10-2008, 11:54 AM
My condolences to the Burton family. Art is now at peace and casting away with other great fishermen.

04-10-2008, 01:38 PM
I was talking with Capt. Ray at the NESWFF meeting Tuesday night about what a great guy Art was. I met him at a Rhoddy Clave, probably ten years ago or more. We went to Napatree Point with a bunch of Clavers who immediately took off for the point. Art and I walked about a half mile to where there was a big tree trunk on the beach. We didn't fish much, just sat on the tree and talked. He told me all about the area and what great times he had fishing.
I'll never forget that day.
God Luv ya Art.


Dble Haul
04-10-2008, 07:18 PM
Art Burton will be missed by more people than any of us truly realize.

Rest in peace, Art. Thanks for being who you were.

04-14-2008, 09:31 PM
I too am sad to learn of Art passing away.
He has been a bit of an inspiration to me, as are other members of this forum.
My best wishes to his family and friends.
He will be missed by many.


04-15-2008, 03:12 PM
I too am saddened that I was never able to hookup with Mr. Burton. He and I had many a corespondence about getting together but unfortunately for me we never were able to make our paths cross. I am certain Art is now in a better place and will ALWAYS be remembered for his undying love of our sport and the outdoors. His generosity was only slightly less than his kindness and friendship. God be with you Mr. Burton rest easy knowing you touched many a person in only a positive way that will live on forever.

04-15-2008, 07:03 PM
I'll second that! Well done Mike. Long live the wonderful stories and fond memories. Art will be missed but his memories will live on forever. His were tall shoes and there are not many left. God bless you Art Burton. My parting words to Art last year were "If I don't see you in the future, I'll see you in the Pasture!" I was just joking and he laughed and that was the last time we exchanged hand shakes.


04-16-2008, 05:33 PM
Most sad news. What a fine man and an extraordinary mental catalog of fishing experience. He will be missed. Condolences to his loved ones and friends.