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Thomas Francis Guy Burton

Thomas Francis Guy Burton

May 13, 1947 – August 11, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Guy Burton, beloved husband and father, after a brief struggle with cancer. He was born in Toronto, and raised in Streetsville, Ontario.

He attended Mt. Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where he studied Arts & Languages, and forged many lifelong friendships. His studies brought him to Colombia on a scholarship, which had a great influence on his life.  Following his education, he travelled extensively in Europe and South America. He met his wife and soulmate Anne in Bolivia in 1973. They returned to Sackville where their son Adrien was born. They then drove to British Columbia in search of a home, and settled in Queensbay. Their daughter Delphine was born shortly after in Nelson.

Guy was a dedicated husband and father who worked hard to provide his family with a lovely life. While working on the Kootenay Lake Ferry, he built their new home with the help of the community. Later he moved with his family to Nelson, establishing a successful painting business. He was known for his integrity, care, and love of his art. He earned much respect from his clientele, many of whom became close friends. His blue van became a moveable landmark.

Guy enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved music and played the piano and guitar everyday. He found much joy playing tennis with his wife, which they played like couples dance the tango. He was very well read and was a delightful writer and storyteller. His sense of humour was appreciated by all those who knew him. Travelling, camping, and working on his properties were other true pleasures in his life. Anne’s family in France were very dear to him, and they travelled to be with them on several occasions. Guy and Anne also spent many winters in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, where they have many wonderful friends. He was also very fond of Adrien’s partner Kary.

He was predeceased by his father Thomas Francis Burton, his mother Merrill J. Burton, his sister Anne M. J. Burton, and his aunt Isabel Burton.

He is lovingly remembered and so greatly missed by his wife Anne M. Burton, his son Adrien Burton (Kary Castonguay), his daughter Delphine Burton, and his in-laws Jean François Porret (Christianne), Veronique Stevens, Phillippe Porret (Estelle), Thierry Porret (Catherine), and many nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at


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