Richard J. Burdett, Jr.

Richard J. Burdett, Jr., age 65, of Claymont, DE passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Rich was born in Upland, PA, a son of the late Richard, Sr. and Alice (Dixon) Burdett. He graduated from Claymont High School and the University of Delaware, having wrestled for both schools. Rich owned and operated Tool & Compressor Products, Inc. for 32 years.

He enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, and coaching little league. Rich especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his sister, Janet O’Brien (Roland). He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathleen (Gold) Burdett; his sons, Brian (Kelly) of Wilmington, Jay of Claymont, Kevin (Erin) of Newark, and Richie (Nicole) of Claymont; his grandchildren, Kevin Jr., John, Luke, Eva, Sam, and Amelia; his twin sister, Jean (Gerry) Shields of Middletown; his sister, Judy McCrodden (Bruce) of Brecksville, OH; and a host of friends and family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703, where visitation will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 N Poplar Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.


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Submitted by Mary Warren on
Peace and healing to all the family! God Bless You!

Submitted by Cassie Waslyn on
Dear Kathy and boys, Jean and Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Richard as a real classy gentleman. He enjoyed coaching and glad he had my son. Taught him real sportsmanship. I am so proud to say he was my friend. Rest my friend. Hugs the Waslyn's

Submitted by Linda Kelley on
Another Dixon cousin goes to be with God. I hope the memories will lessen the grief. Praying for the whole family.

Submitted by Amy Schwartz (F... on
Kathy, so sorry to hear about Richard, I know it has been a long hard journey. My prayers are with you and your family. Take care of yourself. Rip Richard, we had lots of good times in high school.

Submitted by Denise Mazer on
Kathy, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family..It has been a difficult journey for all of you! From college forward, Richard has always been one of the most genuine people i have ever known, with the warmest smile! However I choose to remember Richard in Cancun on stage singing and dancing!!!!

Submitted by The Smiths on
We wanted to share our condolences with the Burdett family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3, 4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

Submitted by Jane (Huntingto... on
Kathy, Jean and family. I am sorry to hear about Rich's passing. I remember him in high school as such a nice guy who was always smiling.I know you will miss him. I lost my husband three years ago, so I know what you are going through. Your are in my thoughts and prayers.

Submitted by steve and marcy... on
Condolences to your family. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Submitted by Meredith (Merri... on
Kathy and Family: You are in my thoughts. I am so sorry for your loss. - Merrie Jones

Submitted by DT on
May the God of all comfort bring you comfort at this time 2Cor. 1:3, 4. For more information see

Submitted by Chris Gatta on
Mrs. Burdett, Brian, & family: I'm so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Burdett always made me feel welcome at his home and his shop. I hope your family can find peace today. You'll be in my prayers.

Submitted by Rebecca on
I am sorry for your loss. May you find  from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 ,17 .

Submitted by Olivia on
I’m so sorry for your loss. There is nothing more painful than losing a loved one. I would like to share an encouraging scripture from the Bible. Revelation 21:4 says And he will wipe out every tears from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Please read this scripture accompanied with your Bible. I hope you get the comfort and the peace that you deserve during this time of bereavement.

Submitted by Y. Holland on
"My Deepest Condolences go out to the Burdette family, I hope you find comfort in these words, "He will swallow up death forever,......And will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8. Trust in Jehovah's promise of the resurrection hope.