March 15, 1949 - April 6, 2017
Charlie Burroughs, a former employee of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Outokumpu America Brass and a Vietnam War-era Army veteran, died April 6, in Arcadia, Fla., in a boating accident. He was 68.
Mr. Burroughs and a friend were docking a boat when the friend lost her balance and fell into the water. Mr. Burroughs was able to jump in and help his friend, but was unable to pull himself out and drowned.
Mr. Burroughs was born in Nesmith, S.C., one of 14 siblings. He attended Brown Elementary School in Nesmith before the family moved to Hulls, Fla., where he grew up. He graduated from Smith Brown High School in Arcadia in 1967 and enlisted in the Army in 1968. He achieved the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1979.
He was employed at the DeSoto Correctional Institution in Florida for a short time after his military service before he moved to Buffalo in 1979 and made the city his home.
Mr. Burroughs earned a degree in criminal justice from Canisius College before working at Bethlehem Steel and Outokumpu. He retired in 2000 after suffering a workplace injury.
He found his spiritual home at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, where he was an active member of the Men’s Club. He also also enjoyed visiting the churches of family members and friends when he had the opportunity.
Mr. Burroughs also was an avid fisherman and participated in community activities to teach young people how to fish and provide them with gear for the sport.
Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Ann Pilcher, whom he married on Aug. 31, 2000; three sons, Anthony Burroughs, Brian Williams and Shemiko Rosenthall; two daughters, Zarlee and Garmee'; four sisters, Susan Hunt, Mary Downs, Lillie Peterson and Verlean Jones; two brothers, Simon and King David; and 14 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 18 Sussex St., where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon.