Harry Burch


Harry Burch, 82, was a longtime local businessman. He had a brilliance with numbers and financials. He died Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.

He and his son, Jim, ran Bradley Block Company from 1981 to 2003.

In April of 2000 he purchased Chatata Valley Golf Club. He spent a lot of his time at the course over the last several years. He took pride in the fact his golf course could help our schools, veterans groups, and other local charities raise money.

During his tenure, Chatata Valley has hosted over 900 golf outings that benefited our community, and countless high school and middle school golf tournaments. He was a fixture at the place, and could often be seen on the back porch asking everyone how they were doing. He worked on the books, and kept an eye on his investment, but what he enjoyed most was simply hanging around the club. He loved sharing stories, playing cards and sharing meals with his golf course pals. He was a loving, caring and giving man.

The memory and spirit of Harry will be forever present at Chatata Valley Golf Club. But one of his greatest accomplishments, and what he cherished the most, was the love he had for his family. He was the ultimate husband, son, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Helen Kilpatrick Burch; son, Jim Burch; daughter, Joy Gallaher; grandchildren: Jamie Burch Lofgren (Brandt), Lauren Herald (Rich), Patrick Gallaher, Jason Burch (Charlene), Stephen Gallaher, Rachel Gallaher, Esther Gallaher and Micah Gallaher; great-grandchildren: Leah Walker, Ben Walker, Miriam Walker, Dagny Walker, Rees Lofgren, Konner Gallaher and Colton Herald.

A Remembrance of Life Memorial service will be held at 6 tonight, Oct. 5, 2016, at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel with the Rev. Tom Wickes officiating.

The family will receive friends from 3 until service time at 6 p.m. and at the end of the service until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by going to their website at JDRF.org.

We encourage you to share your memories and or condolences with Harry’s family by going to www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.


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