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June 19, 2014

Michael Burgevin

Michael Burgevin

BAINBRIDGE — Michael Burgevin of Bainbridge, died suddenly on June 16, 2014, at his home.

His beloved wife Patricia Doyle Burgevin, his good friend David Lieb and the members of the Bainbridge Volunteer Rescue squad were all working to save his life. Cause of death was a heart attack.

Michael was a well-known professional jazz drummer and an accomplished American artist. His music and his art work will live into the future. He will be remembered for his enthusiastic responses in helping young drummers; young artists and young preservationists begin their careers. He will also be remembered for his untiring community work in the village; chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals — working side by side with his many friends and neighbors.

Michael and his wife took a strong interest in the historic preservation of Bainbridge, producing “Historic Preservation Day” July 2-5, 1993. They also had their 1890 home and 1902 silk mill, (built by C.C. Hovey, founder of the American Separator Co., Bainbridge) listed on the National and State Registries of Historic Places. A huge part of Michael’s life was the restoration of the house and the Silk mill, along with his art and music.

His spiritual love for the Jehovah Witness Community was also a sign of the great deal of time and energy he gave to his brothers and sisters at the Kingdom Hall. His light- hearted laughter and his special love for the children in this community will long be remembered and many within the Jehovah Witness fellowship will likely emulate his spiritual work as they move forward in their lives.

Michael is survived by his wife, Patricia Doyle; his first wife, Patricia Loeber; two brothers and one sister, Jules (Patti) Burgevin, Judith Burgevin Johnson and Daniel (Hanna) Burgevin.

Michael and Patricia Loeber have five adult children, Michelle (Nyack), Phillip (Rhinecliff), Renee (Red Hook), Jan (John) (Tivoli) and Julie (Gainesville, Fla.). Also, surviving him are his six grandchildren, Joseph, Savannah, Milena, Willhem, Olivia and Nicholas.

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