PORTLAND – Philo “Burt” Burton Cressey Jr., 85, of Canco Road, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 6, 2011, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1926, in Portland, son of the late Philo and Florence (Usher) Cressey.
He graduated from Gorham High School in 1944, president of his class. Burt served as corporal in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war he enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Maine under the GI Bill. On July 3, 1948, he married Edna M. Landry of Westbrook, and worked at SD Warren, in the research lab, for 39 years, retiring in 1989. During his employment at SD Warren, Burt specialized in paper coatings, receiving a number of patents for his work. In his retirement, he continued as a consultant for various paper companies in the U.S. and overseas. Burt was a lifelong resident of Gorham, until he retired when he moved to Englewood, Fla., and summered on Long Lake in Naples for the next 23 years. He and Edna moved back to Maine last spring. His greatest passion, in addition to his family, was his love of music and his sax playing with Presumpscot River Bottom Boys. The musicians in this group began as colleagues in the research lab and held jam sessions during their lunch hour. At first their music was a little murky, hence the name Presumpscot River Bottom Boys. This group has played locally and internationally in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy. For 28 years they held cruises on Casco Bay Lines Charter Ferry and had a loyal following. In September 2004, the group celebrated their 50th year playing together at Peaks Island. Just recently, a few of the remaining members gave a concert at Canco Woods. Burt also was a member of Masons, Kora Shrine, American Legion and Odd Fellows. He played with Kora Shrine Band, Bridgton Town Band and S.D. Warren band.
Burt is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edna; three children and their spouses, Pamela Meader and her husband, Robert, Jill Marston and her husband, Rick, and Gary Cressey and his partner, Steve Plant; three grandchildren, Derek Meader, Suzanne Meader and her fiance, Aaron Berthiaume, and Lindsay Ross and her husband, Brian; and one great-granddaughter, Madison Ava Ross. Burt is also survived by a brother, Robert Cressey; and a sister, Carolyn Lindlau and her husband, Joseph.
Family and friends are invited to call 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham, where a memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shriners Hospital, 615 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or Shriners Burn Center, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.