ANSONIA – Father George Patrick Burnett, 81, former co-pastor of the Church of the Assumption, died peacefully on March 22, 2016, in St. Mary’s Home in West Hartford.
He was born in Hartford on April 14, 1934, a son of the late William and Catherine (McMahon) Burnett. He attended St. Joseph Cathedral School in Hartford before studying at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. After completing his studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on May 22, 1961.
He served as associate pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Litchfield and then St. Gertrude Parish in Windsor. He became co-pastor of St. Thomas Church in Waterbury with Father Robert Condron in 1977. In 1985, he and Father Condron were named co-pastors of the Church of the Assumption in Ansonia.
Father Burnett retired on Feb. 21, 2009, but resided at Assumption until August of 2012.
In addition to his parish duties for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Father Burnett was a member of the Priests’ Senate and Personnel Board, Presbyteral Personnel Council, and the Committee of Priestly Morale. He also served as priest director of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. He served as dean of the Ansonia-Derby Deanery and chaplain of the Litchfield County Jail.
He was also co-founder of Crownbrook Neighborhood Association in Waterbury, and founder of Waterbury Housing for People.
Father Burnett was predeceased by a brother, Donald Burnett. He is survived by his brother John Burnett of Clinton; a sister-in-law, Marianne Burnett of West Hartford; five nieces; eight nephews; 28 great-nieces and great-nephews; and three great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
A parish Mass was celebrated on March 31 at the Church of the Assumption, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on April 1. Private burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Avon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Assumption School in care of the Bennett Funeral Home, 91 N. Cliff St., Ansonia, CT 06401.