Burton T. Emro
October 30, 1925 - July 22, 2014
Burton Terrence Emro, 88, of Wilton, CT passed away after a long illness on July 22nd at home surrounded by his loving family.
Burt was born on October 30, 1925, in Norwalk, the oldest son of the late Burton E. Emro and Jane Fitzgerald. Called “Terry” by his family, he graduated from Norwalk High School in 1943 and from Bridgeport Engineering Institute in 1961.
After serving in the Army Air Force in World War II, Burt lived in East Norwalk, where he raised his family with his first wife Connie [Ballard]. After Connie’s death in 1966, he married Patricia Toppin and the family moved to Wilton, where Burt lived for the past 45 years.
A devout Catholic, he was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in East Norwalk and later of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Wilton, as well as the Knights of Columbus. Burt was very active in his church as lector, member of the Finance Committee and organizer of the Eucharistic Ministry.
Burt built a career in the telecommunications industry, working for Southern New England Telephone, AT&T and Northern Telecom before retiring in 1994. After retirement, he spent many hours volunteering by assisting seniors at Wilton Meadows and delivering Meals on Wheels. Burt was a gentle soul whose highest priorities were his faith and his family, followed by his passion for golf. An avid golfer, for a while Burt was the oldest competitive golfer at the Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk, where he was a long-time member.
Burt is survived by his children; Nancy Emro, Peggy Emro, Kevin Emro, Maureen Slawson, John Emro and Sharon McMillan, his sister; Jane Emro, grandchildren; Caitlin Emro, Michael Emro and Chloe Slawson. He was predeceased by his first wife, Connie, his second wife Pat, brothers; John (“Jack”) and Robert (“Bob”) Emro and grandson; Sean Emdy.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, July 27th, from 4:00 to 8:00 P. M. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Church on Monday at 10:30 A. M. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Norwalk, CT with military honors.
Contributions in Burt’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Fatima Church 229 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.