Date of Birth October 21, 1948
Date Deceased February 3, 2022
Hometown Concord
Home State NC
Service Date February 15, 2022
Service Time 6 p.m.
Service Location Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home

Michael D. Burdett

CONCORD, NC/ARKPORT-The family of Michael D. Burdett wish to announce the passing of their beloved husband and father on Thursday (Feb. 3, 2022) in their North Carolina home after a 10-month battle against glioblastoma.

Born October 21,1948 to Dorr and Shirley (Glover) Burdett, Michael enjoyed many years of his youth at the Burdett family farm on Big Creek. During this time, he learned from his father and his friends how to repair and build automobiles and went on to work with Dorr in the family business, Burwood Auto Service, outside of Hornell.

It was in this garage with his friends and father that Mike began building race cars to run at Woodhull Raceway and other tracks in New York and Pennsylvania. To know Mike was to spend time with him in his garage or at a racetrack or guessing what type of vehicle he’d be driving from one day to the next. His passion for racing never died, and neither did his meticulous care of his own vehicles and tools.

Michael was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1966. On July 12, 1969, in the former Park Church in Hornell, he married Linda Wellington, his high school sweetheart, and they enjoyed 52 years together. Mike became a jack-of-all-trades because Linda always had a project. He hated carpentry, but he was quite good at it. They lived in the Bishopville/Arkport area before shocking everyone and moving to North Carolina in 2014. The pull of children and grandchildren is a powerful thing.

Mike had great pride in his son Jason’s NASCAR career and daughter Jamie’s success in higher education. His grandson Ethan, following the paths of the Burdett men before him, gave Mike the chance to get back in the racing game. He spent many hours working on E’s Quarter Midgets and Outlaw carts and loved watching Ethan’s success, including his first trip to the Tulsa Shootout in Oklahoma this December. Mike never missed a chance to support his girls Emmalynn, Emmerson and Josie at gymnastics and dance competitions, piano recitals, basketball and t-ball games – going so far as to turn the race car hauler into a dressing room at one dance recital!

Mike is pre-deceased by his parents, Dorr and Shirley Burdett; along with many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Jason (Rachael) Burdett and daughter, Jamie (Silas) Stamey; grandchildren, Ethan and Emmerson Burdett and Emmalynn and Josie Stamey; his sister, Michelle Burdett; special aunt, Nancy Glover, and many close friends and relatives.

Michael retired from NYSEG/UC&M department in Hornell.

Calling hours are 4-6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 15, 2022) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell where a brief funeral service will take place in his memory following the calling hours at 6 p.m. A “Celebration of Life” and a time of remembrance will immediately be afterwards (beginning at 6:30 p.m.) at The Main Place, 251 Main St., Hornell

In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the Glioblastoma Foundation, P.O. Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715 (envelopes will be available at the funeral home) or

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Michael’s family with e arrangements.

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4 Responses

  1. I’m saddened by Mike’s passing. My sincere condolences to Linda, Jason and Jamie and families. I know I have some good memories from back in the day. I know his legacy will live forever in our hearts.

  2. I am very sorry to see the passing of my classmate (1966). May you Rest In Peace with the Lord. Prayers for your family.

  3. Mike was “the salt of the earth” type of guy–one of my favorite times working with him was when we ere both OM (Odyssey of the Mind) coaches–he had a team of boys including Jason that he coached for the competition–after work, weekends–always there for the kids–he passed his knowledge of cars on to Jason and grandkids–the apples never fall far from the tree–to all the Burdett’s and families you are all in my prayers at this difficult time–he will never truly be gone but forever in your hearts–much love to all of you.

  4. So sorry to hear about Mike. Our condolences. Would liked to have attended the showing but am dealing with bladder cancer myself and had a chemo treatment today so am limited on what I can do. Mike played a big part of my life and enjoyed alot of good times racing with him. I do try to keep up with Jason’s career on TV.

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