Obituary: Retired Chief Ronald "Lorne" Burbidge

Ronald "Lorne" Burbidge

February 17, 1936 to April 20, 2020

Lorne passed away in peace April 20th 2020 into the open and accepting arms of the Lord. Lorne is survived by his forever sweetheart in marriage of 61+ years, Isobel (nee Bishop), children Alex (Holly) St. Catharines, David (Patty) Louisville Kentucky, Heather (Danny Boccia) King City , Bryan (Andrea) Keswick. Lorne's loving sister Ethel (Bill Hawman), brothers and sister in-laws Mary Burbidge, Sandy and Bill Mactaggart, Helen Bishop, Albert and Lynn Bishop and many nieces and nephews. Lorne is predeceased by his parents Gordon and Estella Burbidge, Mother and Father in-law Mary and Alex Bishop, his brother Gordon Burbidge and brother in-law George Bishop and sister in-law Marian Mactaggart.
Lorne had many precious treasures, 10 to be exact. Toni Elaine (Mike Hermanns) Calgary Alberta and Rachel Burbidge, Lauren and Lexi Burbidge (Dallas Texas), David, Brady and Caroline Boccia, Cody, Emma and Brett Burbidge. Lorne's newest treasure was his Great Grandson Wesley Alexander born April 13th to Toni and Mike.
Lorne was a beautiful man who gave love and received love. He was a provider, a nurturer, a teacher, and a protector. He was a husband, son, brother, uncle, grandfather and a great grandfather.
Lorne had a proud career with 35 years in the fire service. Lorne started in 1958 with the Township, Borough and then City of North York retiring in 1993 as a Platoon Chief. He was also with King City Fire Department for many years serving in all ranks including King City Fire Chief for several years. He was very well respected in the fire service and as a true leader would, he set a trail for others to walk along and guided his firefighters along the way.
He is well known for his sense of humour, he always had a joke to bring a smile to the faces he was with. In Lieu of flowers the family has asked that you carry that honour forward to make someone smile. Please buy a coffee or lunch for a stranger, smile at someone who needs one or do an act of kindness that could change a life. If you wish to do a financial donation please do so with the charity of your choice and think of Lorne when you do.
A celebration of life will be planned later in the year. Arrangements entrusted to Marshall Funeral Home, Richmond Hill