John Forrest “Bucketts” Burkett

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August 18, 1941- April 4, 2019

Harrington – John passed away after a lengthy battle with diabetes related complications. John was born an only child in Worcester, MA. to John A. Burkett and Mary Caspray, who both passed away while John was in high school.

Upon graduation, John hopped in the driver’s seat of a Mack truck and began his journey across the continental U.S. and almost all Canadian provinces. John’s last employer as a truck driver was Sid Look, owner of Sid’s Inc. in Jonesport, ME., whom he considered family. Later, John owned and operated Burkett Starter and Alternator until diminishing eyesight forced him into retirement.

An avid outdoorsman, John spent every moment he could spare, hunting and fishing and was an encyclopedia of knowledge. He also loved his four­-wheeler. He would ride up to 200 miles a day with close friend Joe Leighton, always getting lost, but always having a good time.

Most importantly, John will be remembered as a loving husband, a caring father, a doting grandfather and uncle, and a loyal friend. Always quick with a joke, John will also be remembered for his dry wit and wonderful sense of humor.

John is survived by the love of his life, Emily “Emmy” Curtis. Upon meeting her for the first time he told his friends that he knew he was going to marry her someday, and did just that on July 20, 1985.

John is also survived by daughter Angela Brooks and her husband John, grandson Justin Brooks, his wife Jessica and daughter Jaelynn, grandson Jason Brooks and his fiancee Jalisa Patten, brothers-in-law Joe and Mike Curtis, special nephew Jason Curtis, who he considered a son, his wife Katie, great nephew Noah Curtis, great niece Jordan Curtis, high school friends Earl Beal and Jimmy Cowgill, and special friends Roger Veilette and Phil Rogers.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Harrington V.F.W. at 2:00 p.m. Please join us for food, drink and most importantly, laughter, as we celebrate the extraordinary life of John “Bucketts” Burkett.


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