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Obituary for John H. Burroughs

December 27, 2017
Norristown, Pennsylvania


John H. Burroughs, Jr. of Norristown, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at his residence. He was 69 years old. John was born in Burlington N.J. to the late John H. Burroughs, Sr. and Mary (nee Jiggetts) Burroughs. He was the husband to Carmella R. (nee DiDonato) Burroughs and together they shared 45 years of marriage this past Christmas day. John served honorably in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for his valor and bravery. He worked as a corrections officer at Gratersford Prison until his retirement and then worked as a security officer at Sacred Heart Hospital until it closed. John was a talented musician and was the founder of the R&B group "The Ducaynes". He was also a 4th degree black belt instructor in Shotokan Martial Arts as well as black belt in Jiu Jitsu and Judo and was the Proprietor of Burroughs Martial Arts Supply and School of Street Defense. John also was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Norristown. He was an all around handyman who built his porch, his kid's treehouse, beds, and worked on several home projects. John loved western movies and was also interested in the Japanese heritage and culture which he grew to love while he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

In addition to his wife Carmella, John is survived by five children; Maureen G. Burroughs, John H. Burroughs, III, Mary L. Hammond (Nick), Amanda J. Burroughs, and Luca D. Burroughs as well as six grandchildren; Justin, Leo, Kira, Jonathan, Brandon, and Logan. He is also survived by his siblings; Nadine Jamison, Larry Burroughs, Keith Burroughs, and Lenore Burroughs. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Morla D. Burroughs who passed away in 1973 as well as his brother Steven Burroughs, and sister, Deborah Despot.

Relatives and friends are invited to John's Life Celebration on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish of East Norriton, 200 West Germantown Pike, East Norriton PA, 19401 from 10:00-10:50 a.m. followed by his funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

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200 West Germantown Pike
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