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Wilfred (Bubba) George Macquillon Burgess

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Wilfred (Bubba) George Macquillon Burgess

Wilfred (Bubba) George Macquillon Burgess (Pitcher), 92, of Willingboro, NJ was called to be with the Lord on December 19, 2021. He was born in St. George’s Parish, Bermuda on November 14, 1929 to the late Earl Wilkinson and the late Myrtle (nee Burgess) Wade. He attended East End School System. While in Bermuda he worked as a fisherman with his uncle, then joined the navy, truck and taxi driver, working in a cycle shop and refueling planes on the army base. After moving to the States, he worked in the Pipe foundry and Willingboro school system from which he retired.

Will (Bubba to most in Bermuda), was outstanding in sports. He played football (soccer) and cricket representing Bermuda and United States (after moving here) in several countries, Scotland, England, Canada and Barbados. He was also an accomplished golfer traveling the East Coast participating in tournaments winning many trophies. He sponsored a group of men that he took on tour to Myrtle Beach every year for many years.  He instructed youth and adults of Christ Baptist Church how to golf and giving other golfers tips.

Will (Bubba) met no strangers. He started conversations with people he met. We could be most anywhere and you found someone who knew him.

He joined Christ Baptist Church many years ago, being baptized by Rev. Frederick C. Johnson. He served for over 20 years on the Senior Usher Board until health prevented him to be active.


He was preceded in death by his Parents, his siblings, Beaulah James; James Wade; Alfred Wade, Sr.; LeRoy Wade; Rose Zuill; Half siblings Willoughby Richardson and Barbara Martin; sons Alan and Kevin-Jay Burgess; and grandson James Burgess.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife Viola (nee Davis) Burgess. Previous to his marriage to Viola; his children, Wallace (Ann) Robinson of Bermuda; Judy Ann Burrows of Bermuda; Rose Ann Burgess, of Nottingham, UK; Kendra (Paget) Wharton of Bermuda; Marie (Leon) Bethea, of Mt. Royal, NJ; Sheila Burgess of Philadelphia, PA; Nicole Burgess of Willingboro, NJ; Step Children; Cheri (Francisco) DaCosta; Roxanne (Kenneth) Tucker-Rustin; Vivienne (Samuel) Tucker-Davis all of Willingboro, NJ; Adrienne (Kerry) Taylor) of Waddell, AZ; Warren Tucker Of Willingboro and Raymond Tucker of Moorestown, NJ; 23 grands; 21 great grands; 2 great-great grands; 11 step-grands; 10 step- great grands; 1 step-great-great grand; a sister Elsie (Llewelyn) Phipps of Bermuda; sister-in-law Janet Richardson of Bermuda; daughter-in-law Cindy-Lee Burgess of Bermuda; a host of nieces; nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Wilfred G. Burgess, of Willingboro, NJ passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

Life Celebration services will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 10 AM at The Christ Baptist Church, 950 Jacksonville Road, Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may view from 9AM until time of service. Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington, NJ. Arrangements by, TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, Burlington, NJ

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