Buzzy Barton Death – Gordon “Buzzy” Barton, a lifelong native of Lynn, Massachusetts, and a longtime City Councilor and Coach passed away sadly late Wednesday night, April 5th, 2023 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. He was a month shy of his 71st birthday. The news of his death was made known through social media on Thursday, April 6th, 2023. Buzzy Barton will forever be remembered for his contribution and commitment to his society. His legacy will live forever.
Who was Buzzy Barton?
Gordon “Buzzy” Barton was originally chosen to serve as a Councilor-at-Large in 2011 and has held the position ever since, frequently “topping the ticket.” Buzzy Barton was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1952. He was the son of Gordon “Bump” and the late Virginia Barton, a tireless crusader for civil rights who was president of the North Shore branch of the NAACP. Buzzy epitomized what a Lynner should be. Buzzy was admired and revered by friends, neighbors, coworkers, student-athletes, and family, notably by his seven elder sisters, for his booming, scratchy voice.
From 1976 through 2004, Buzzy worked as a Lynn firefighter and held the position of union president for four years. Buzzy was a successful Lynn firefighter, union official, boys’ and girls’ basketball coach, and elected leader who has served for the past eight years as the overwhelmingly elected Vice-President of the Council.
Buzzy was devoted to his immediate and extended family, friends, his job, and his council colleagues. He could be found cheering on his beloved “Bulldogs” or “Eagles” from his seats on the 50-yard line at Alumni Stadium or from the Lynn Council Chambers. Buzzy relentlessly promoted problems including people of color, seniors in Lynn, and public safety as a City Councilor. Buzzy always made it clear where he stood and what he thought.
Through a social media publication on Thursday, April 6th, 2023, Buzzy Barton’s family expressed their gratitude to friends and families for the outpouring of support and contribution during this difficult time. The statement released read:
On behalf of the Barton and Bradley family, we would like to send our heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of support we have received over the past 48 hours. While we had hoped to get Buzzy home to Lynn, you all stepped up and brought Lynn to him. He loved his great city and continued to represent it with immense pride until his final hour. As we continue to process this unimaginable and untimely loss, we ask for your continued prayers, love and patience in getting back to you.
We would like to extend our deepest appreciation for the the doctors, nurses and staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for providing exceptional and compassionate care, as well as, allowing hundreds of friends and family to visit over the past 48 hours. In true Buzzy fashion, his final wish was to help someone else and with the help of New England Organ Bank he will give the gift of eyesight to a very needy recipient. We invite you to share your best Buzzy memories here to help us in celebrating his life.
Buzzy Barton’s ‘obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family later.
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