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Hugh G. Burritt – October 17, 2018.

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Hugh G. Burritt, 84, of Oswego, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on October 17, 2018.

Born in Fulton, NY, he was predeceased by Louise and Norman Burritt and Dorothy and Elmer Burritt. Brothers Norman and Richard, sister Carol Miller.

Hugh’s music talent led him to Julliard, and Manhattan School of Music. After his army band days, his career included gigs with Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, John Cash and many other celebrities.

Hugh taught band to hundreds of children in the Oswego City Schools. He then joined the SUNY Oswego music department where he formed the Solid State Jazz Band. He retired as department chair.

A proud father, Hugh enjoyed coaching his sons at baseball and hockey, and loved following their respective careers.

After retirement, he continued to play in the city band and several other bands in Oswego and South Florida. Hugh enjoyed traveling with Grace, golfing and was an avid Yankee and NASCAR fan. Hugh was inducted in the Oswego Music Hall of family in 2017.

Hugh is survived by his living wife, Grace (Mowatt), sons David of Fair Haven, Scott of Florida and Jamie (Maureen) of Sterling; a sister Barbara Bishop and sister in law Barbara Burritt; and several nieces and nephews.

The family appreciates the loving care given by the staff of St. Luke’s, and also all of the local musicians who paid tribute to him.

Donations may be made to the Hugh and Grace Burritt endowed scholarship fund, college foundation, SUNY Oswego or a charity of one’s choice.

Calling hours will be held 1-3PM Thursday, October 25th, with a service to follow at the Nelson Funeral Home, Oswego.

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