John “Jay” Winthrop Burkland affectionately known as Jbird and J.W., age 65, of Lemont Furnace, died Thursday, October 8, 2020 in his home. He was born June 24, 1955 in Bethelhem, PA, the son of Raymond A. Burkland and Carmela Delvillaggio Burkland. In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Leonardo Delvillaggio and Cora DelGrosso Delvillaggio and paternal grandparents, Stewart Burkland and Augusta Hagedorn Burkland.
Jay graduated from Bethelhem High School with the Class of 1973. He worked on the production lines for Volkswagen then at the oil and natural gas wells but his passion was being a motorcycle mechanic. He was also a computer genius. Jay enjoyed traveling on his Harley Davidson to different destinations.
Left to cherish Jay’s memory are his three children, Jerrett John Burkland, Robert Scott “Bobby” Burkland and Natalie Louise Burkland, all of Hopwood and his old lady and soulmate, Patti Burkland; two brothers, Richard Burkland of Ligonier, PA and William Burkland and wife, Pamela Thompson Burkland of Ligonier, PA; and a sister, Rae K. du SSollae and husband, Dihlon McManne of Pittsburgh, five nephews, cousins, wonderful neighbors and many friends.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Andrew D Ferguson Funeral Home & Crematories, Inc, 80 Morgantown St, Uniontown, PA 15401, where friends and family will be received on Thursday, October 15th from 2 until 4 PM and 6 until 8 PM. Visitation will continue on Friday, October 16th, from 10 until 11 AM, followed by a service celebrating Jay’s life at 11 AM with Rev. Travis Edgar officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to any veterans group or your favorite charity.
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