Kit Francis Burr, of Eggertsville, a retired engineer and manager at Praxair, died Dec. 12 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 69.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Clarence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1969 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1976 from the University at Buffalo. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1970 and served for six years, attaining the rank of sergeant.
Mr. Burr joined the predecessor to Praxair, the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corp. in the Town of Tonawanda, in 1969. He held numerous engineering, business and management positions, ranging from development engineer to facilities manager, before he retired in 2000. He was Praxair’s Y2000 worldwide facilities leader.
In retirement, he began working for the Baptist Life Association, an insurance company, as director of operations. He served as president and chief executive officer from 2004 to 2011.
He was a member of The Chapel for 51 years and sang in the Chapel Quartet for 30 years, taking part in the recording of nine albums.
He was the first inductee to the Christian Central Academy Athletics Hall of Fame as the school’s initial athletic director.
A former Clarence resident, he was a youth soccer coach and helped organize a trip to Europe for four Clarence teams. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Kathleen Meyer; three sons, Steven, Brian and Kevin; a brother, Mike; a sister, Kathy Messinger; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at noon Monday in The Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville, following visitation at 10 a.m.