Alan D. Burt

  • Born: October 23, 1935
  • Died: May 7, 2020
  • Location: Lincoln, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Alan D. Burt, 84, of Lincoln passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 following a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan; sons David and Keith; grandson Elliott; and daughter-in-law Annie Murray-Close.

Alan was born in 1935 in Boston, the son of John and Dorothy Burt, and grew up in Winchester, running cross-country for Winchester High. He completed his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1957 and completed a Master's degree in Geography from Boston University in 1960.

His early work in the 1960s included creating the Boston Globe's up-to-date map of metropolitan Boston. Following this, Alan spent most of his career in the site location research department at Stop & Shop, with a second career in real estate appraisal. He was known by colleagues for his steadiness, his focus and his mapmaking skills.

Alan and Susan married on December 9, 1972, settling and raising their family in Needham, where they lived for twenty-five years. During that time, Alan served as Town Meeting Member and was active in the Needham Congregational Church. After moving to Lincoln, Alan continued his love of bicycling and other outdoor activities.

Railroading was a passion of Alan's, sparked by his father's work for the Boston and Maine Railroad and continuing with a family rail trip across the country when he was a child. He took many trips to Edaville Railroad in Carver when younger, and in later years traveled on railroads in Newfoundland with his father.

Alan was a Lifetime Member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and an experienced hike leader, also serving as Meetings Chairman of the Boston AMC chapter. As a young man, he traveled to do high mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies. He was proud to have reached the summit of all of the 4,000-foot peaks in the White Mountains.

There will be a celebration of Alan's life at a to-be-determined, socially-responsible date.

Donations in Alan's memory may be made to the Friends of the Wapack Trail, P. O. Box 115, West Peterborough, NH, 03468, and to the Employee Appreciation Fund at Carleton-Willard Village, 100 Old Billerica Rd., Bedford.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Will miss seeing Alan at Spaulding, he was always upbeat and cordial to all. My sincere condolences to Sue and the rest of the family.

Posted by David Estrada - Weston, MA - Friend   June 25, 2020

We will miss him. Alan will be in our memories forever Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue. Keith, Annie, Elliott and David during this difficult time. We send our love.

Posted by Tom and Marie O'Day - Fredericksburg, VA - Family   May 13, 2020

I was very sorry to hear of this passing. Living across the street from him as a kid in the 80's, I knew Mr. Burt as a kind and considerate man. He was also a person of intelligence who was eager and happy to share his knowledge. I remember him teaching me how to properly check tire pressure and patch wheels, which I didn't fully appreciate at the time but now that I have to make sure my own family's various tires/wheels are in good condition I very much do. My deepest condolences to all the Burt family.

Posted by Owen Murphy - MA - Family Friend   May 11, 2020

To the Burt family,
So sorry to hear about Alan's passing. Please accept our sincerest and deepest condolences.
May he rest in peace.
Mario and Dora federico

Posted by A friend   May 10, 2020


I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your husband passing he is now resting in peace may god be with You and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times always remember the good times you had with him

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   May 09, 2020

Alan was a member of the Winchester High School Class of 1953 - we always enjoyed having him come to the reunions when we held them at Mahoney's Rocky Ledge Farm....I do remember Alan running track for the school and being good - always enjoyed seeing him at our class gatherings - please accept our deepest sympathies from the class of 1953. Joan McNeill Bird

Posted by Joan Bird - Winchester, MA   May 09, 2020

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