BURTON BAUCHNER

Burton "Burt" Bauchner died Feb. 26, 2010, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family at home in Palm Beach, Fla.

He shared his last months lovingly remarried to his lifelong partner, Susan (Kaplan) Bauchner.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., he moved to Bridgeport, where he attended Sheridan School, Maplewood Junior High and Bassick High School. He graduated from Yale University in 1963, then served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Bauchner worked for a bank, was a general construction contractor and the principal of an insurance agency. An active volunteer in the Bridgeport Jewish community, he served in leadership roles at the Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation, Jewish Home for the Elderly and Congregation B'nai Israel. Other interests included tennis, computers, sailing, cycling, photography, skiing and, of course, reading.

He retired at an early age to pursue further education and travel. In the 1990s he lived in New Haven, then New York City, before settling in Warren, Vt., in 2000. He worked for the Sugarbush Mountain ski school and rental shop, and became active in local politics. He was elected to the Warren Select Board and served as its chair for the past two years. He also coordinated the Valley Democrats, and was a delegate to the county and state democratic committees.

Although his careers, interests and residences changed over the years, Bauchner's commitment to his family was always foremost. He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan, and their children, Adam and Lisa; his siblings, Leonard, Arlene, Larry, Eugene and Susan, and their mother, Pauline; and several grandchildren, Njyhalo, Briana, Adrian, Lilian and Amari. He also leaves behind scores of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Funeral services took place March 2 from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road Fairfield; interment followed at B'nai Israel Cemetery on Kings Highway, Fairfield. Shiva observance took place following the interment on March 2, and will again from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, March 3, at the home of Bobby and Arnold Kaplan in Southport.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (www.cancer.dartmouth.edu); the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service (www.mrvas.org); Hospice of Palm Beach County (www.hpbcf.org); the American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org); or to Yale University (www.yale.edu).