PALMYRA – Malcolm I. Burrell, 64, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, July 4, 2014, at his home in Palmyra. He was born Dec. 11, 1949, in Hartland, Maine, the son of Malcolm and Mary (McDougal) Burrell.
He graduated from Hartland Academy with the class of 1968 and proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. Malcolm’s first job was working at the creamery for H.P. Hood. He was also employed by Maine Central Railroad and H. E Sargent before making his final career choice as a truck driver for H.O. Bouchard in Hampden. He served them for over 35 years traveling throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Canada. He received the two million mile safety award in 2009 and was a qualified trainer for new employees. Malcolm was a member of the Hartland First Baptist Church. He loved children and taught Sunday School for 25 years. His favorite scripture was Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. He was a faithful supporter of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed hunting and attending gun shows with his brothers. He was known for his sense of humor and was tender hearted toward animals. He especially loved his cats and enjoyed feeding the wild birds and animals. Because of Cindy’s disability, Malcolm became a very loving caregiver. He enjoyed cooking and learning to cook, often he would say “Cindy was the brains and he was the hands.”
He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Cindy Burrell, of Palmyra; his mother, Mary Burrell, of Brewer; brothers, Michael Burrell and Patty of Newport, Reagan Burrell and Sandra of Palmyra and Brian Burrell and Laurel, of Newport; mother-in-law, Noreen Willey of Hartland; and several nieces and nephews, of whom he loved playing with and enjoyed teasing.
He was predeceased by his father, Malcolm Burrell; his brother, Sherwood Burrell; and his father-in-law, David Willey.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at the Hartland First Baptist Church, 10 Elm Street in Hartland, with Rev. David Michaud officiating. Military honors will be presented for his service to our country. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall followed by a committal service at Pine Grove Cemetery in Hartland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Hartland First Baptist Church, 10 Elm Street, Hartland, Maine, 04943. Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield. To leave a message of kindness, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.