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Updated: 04/16/2014 08:00:02AM

Joseph Theodore Burbank

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Joseph Theodore Burbank, 73, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla.

He was born Dec. 20, 1940, in Weymouth, Mass., to Raymond and Ellen Burbank.

Joseph grew up in Hull, Mass., and lived for many years in Cohasset, Mass. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BA, and he received his Master’s Degree from Lesley University. He was a beloved teacher of art for 32 years at Dover Sherborn High School in Massachusetts, and organized many memorable school trips to Italy, sharing his love of Italian art and history with his students.

Joseph taught painting classes at the Cohasset Art Center for many years, and enjoyed sharing his marvelous culinary talents with the Gourmet Club. He was an avid gardener and an accomplished painter and sculptor, having displayed his artwork at shows throughout the region.

Joseph is survived by his loving family, including a daughter, Leah Mara Burbank; two brothers, Robert Burbank of Auburn, Maine, and Peter Burbank of Hiram, Maine; sister, Heather Charles of Punta Gorda; dear friend, Gianluca Marchi of Punta Gorda; and former wife, Virginia (Lewis) Burbank of Kenya. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mass Art Scholarship Fund, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston MA 02115 (attn: Marjorie O’Malley); or Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Friends may visit online at to sign the guest book and extend condolences to the family.

Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.

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