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James Burdell
March 19, 2017


BURDELL, James 72, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Dedham, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on February 22, 2017. Survived by his beloved wife of 33 years Carol Baker, three daughters Gwyn Burdell and her husband Frank DelBene of Portsmouth, NH, Amy Sullivan of Andover, and Kelly Craig and her husband Jim of Dedham, a son Phil Sullivan of Andover, two granddaughters Stephanie and Sarah Craig of Dedham, and a sister Nancy Ollenborger of Bellingham. Jim was predeceased in death by his brother Richard Burdell and daughter Dineen Burdell.

Fondly known as Bicky, a name given to him by his granddaughter Stephanie as a toddler, he inspired all that knew him with his love and dedication to family and friends, kind and generous nature and positive outlook. Famous for his sense of humor and easygoing, cheerful demeanor, he had the gift of gab, good advice and a knack for telling a story that he was more than happy to repeat over and over again. Born and raised in Boston, he was rarely seen without his Red Sox cap and was a diehard sports fan which was evident by his treasured sports room. Before retiring, he was the owner of West Roxbury Transmission in Dedham, MA.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, March 19th at the George F. Doherty & Sons Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home, 456 High St., DEDHAM from 11am-1:00pm. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception at Conrad's Restaurant, 905 Main St., Walpole, where friends and family are invited to come to share their memories of Jim. For those unable to attend, if you have something you would like to be read in your absence, please go to and share your story. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238 or online at

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George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home - Dedham
456 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026