Ralph H. Burpee

March 20th, 2013

Ralph H. Burpee, age 73, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on March 19, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Ralph was born on February 3, 1940, in Boston, MA., he was the cherished only son of the late Ralph H. And Madeleine R. (Whitney) Burpee.  Ralph was raised in Arlington and was a graduate of Arlington High School.  Ralph continued his education at Northeastern University earning his degree.

Ralph was known as a hard worker and a dedicated employee.  Prior to retiring, Ralph was employed as a scientist for the Polaroid Corporation in Waltham for more than 30 years.

Ralph married his “sweetheart” Arlene M. Gaumond in 1963, sharing nearly 50 years of marriage.  The couple moved to Wilmington in 1965, where they raised their wonderful family of four and Ralph thoroughly enjoyed being “Grampy” of six.

Ralph loved his family and the time he spent with them; whether it was traveling, visits to England, fishing at Big Lake in Maine, camping, or just sitting in the yard having long talks.

Ralph liked puttering around his home in Wilmington, doing his woodworking projects, and he enjoyed being out with his bird feeders.

Ralph will be fondly remembered for his love of all animals but especially his dogs, he enjoyed listening to music, studying history, and he had a passion for fast cars and motorcycles.

Ralph had a great sense of humor, he was personable and friendly.  Ralph was always there for his family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Ralph was the beloved husband of Arlene M. (Gaumond) Burpee, devoted father of Ralph E. Burpee of Dededo, Guam, Douglas M. Burpee of Reading, MA, Derek W. Burpee and his wife Hyon Su of Fayetteville, NC, and Cassandre McKinley of Hopkinton, MA, loving Grandfather of Derek, John, Joseph, Nicholas, Dylan, and grand-daughter Alexandre, dear brother of Diane Anderson of Wilmington, the late Barbara Berton and Joan Macone.  Ralph is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, March 24th for Visitation from 2-5 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675.


16 Entries in Guest Book for “Ralph H. Burpee”

  1. Nick & Marion Orgettas says:

    Our sympathy to Arlene and his wonderful family.

  2. Jamie Koteski says:

    I did not get the pleasure of meeting Ralph personally. I did how ever get to meet him in spirit through my father in law Paul Gaumond. My deepest sympathies to all Ralph’s Family and Friends. I know he will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers are will you all.

  3. Paul E. Gaumond says:

    To Ralph, whom I got to know as my big sister’s boyfriend, brother in law, father of my niece and nephews. the days he hung around with his girls little brother to when I got to baby sit for the critters I watched grow up and love so dearly. Arlene, Ralph, Doug, Derek, and Cassandra I love you dearly and my thoughts are with you always.

  4. Melissa Willard says:

    So sorry to hear. My heart and prayers go out to all of you.
    He was a wonderful man. I remember our chats & his laugh during our PST days. xxoo

  5. Gail Evangelista says:

    Sorry for all the pain your family is going through.

  6. John and Bobby Lee says:

    To the Burpee Boys, thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. The Dorchester Boys!

  7. Marjorie Kipp says:

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dad,it is always hard to have a parent pass.Know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


  8. Sue Beaulieu says:

    Arlene you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Sue

  9. Darlene Lockhart says:

    I truly am sorry for the family’s loss.I went to school with his Son Ralph.I did not get the chance to meet his Dad,but if he is anything like his Son he was a truly amazing person and will be missed. Prayers to the family.

  10. Mr. and Mrs. Brian Lavoie says:

    We are very sorry for your family’s loss and our hearts and prayers ware with you all. Brian and Candy
    “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
    Benjamin Franklin

  11. Shirley Byrd Moore says:

    Dear Burpee Family,
    Im sorry for the loss of your father. I will keep your family on my prayers

  12. George Mason says:

    My Dearest Cousin Arlene and Family
    I was saddened to hear of your husband Ralph’s passing. Although I did not know Ralph, I know he must have been a great guy to be married to you. Terry and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Be strong and with God and know that Ralph is there with Him.

    love ,

  13. Roger Talbott says:

    Am so sorry to hear the news. I just found out of Ralph’s passing.I worked at Polaroid in the same bld. in Waltham with Ralph.we had lunch from time to time even after the Polaroid day we kept in contact.It was truly family there. Ralph would tell us storys,He was a good story teller my prayers are with the Burpee Family.

  14. Filip Ramil says:

    Cassandre and Family
    I am so sorry… I just came to learn this the news of your loss. I am sorry I never got the chance to meet or know him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  15. Richard Allen says:

    It was a pleasure to have Ralph visit my shop over the years. We had some great talks & debates…he was a very nice man.I will miss him

  16. Tracy Vasquez says:

    Arlene and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ralph was a good man and I enjoyed our talks when I was there to trim PB’s nails. I will miss him.

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