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“Stephen - So heartbreaking to hear of Claire's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor, wife and mother. So glad we had her in our lives, even for a...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Robyn and Alan Krasner - Wayland, MA

“So very sad . She was a truly beautiful person. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Anne & Bill Wernau - East Lyme, CT

“Dear Stephen , we will always remember our many many happy times together . Clair was a dear friend an amazing mum and wife to you who she lloved so ...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Carol and David Pole - UM

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. ~ Williams Penn My prayers are with you and your family...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Lorraine Trahan - CT

“Steve, Deepest condolences on the loss of your wife. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Alesia ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Alesia Goginsky - Peapack, NJ

“Steve, Many prayers being sent for you and your family. My heart goes out to all of you. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Deb Bruner - Collegeville, PA

Clair and Stephen, a marriage full of love xx
7 of 14 | Posted by: Angela Kirton

“Steve, sending many prayers for you and your family. My heart goes out to all. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Deb Bruner - Collegeville, PA

“Steve, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers for strength and peace. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Eileen - Holden, MA

“Dear Steve, This is a beautiful tribute to an obviously lovely woman. I am sorry that we never met. My condolences to you and your sons and your...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Francine Gumkowski - Old Lyme, CT

“Oh gosh so sorry Steve. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to spend time with Claire during the plays, dinners and Christmas parties. She was...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Margie - New London, CT

“Dear SteveI am truly very sorry to learn about the loss of your wife, Clair. Even though I never got to meet her in person, I sense from our...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Armelde Pitre - Lisbon, CT

“Steve, Christina and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. You both showed so much courage and grace in dealing with her illness....Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Christina & Euan - Lyme

“Stephen and family: I am sorry for your loss. Clair will be greatly missed. She was a bright light in this world and will be always with us. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Mary L


East Lyme - Clair Burman, 59, of East Lyme, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at her home, having lost her brave battle with breast cancer. She was born in Chiswick, West London, England, on April 29, 1958, the daughter of John and Myra McKinnon Dennis of Hillingdon, UK. She qualified as a nurse in 1979, and worked in various UK hospitals where she met her husband, Stephen Burman, whom she married on June 27, 1981, in Hillingdon, UK. Clair and Stephen Burman settled in the United States 14 years ago and they became U.S. citizens in August of 2015. Clair personified the qualities of care, harmony and beauty and always held the needs of others at heart. She had a delightful sense of humour and a twinkle in her eye. Never one to make a fuss, she was a true Christian and her faith was of great importance to her. In addition to her husband, Stephen, and her parents, she is survived by two sons, Joseph Burman of Walmer, Kent UK, Samuel Burman of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Fiona Gorman of Iver, UK; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Burman-Parfitt, daughter of Joseph Burman. Clair was a wonderfully loving and supportive mother, encouraging her sons to be their best and follow their passions. She was always there. She was always part of their lives, and they were part of hers. They knew they were loved, and she passed that love down to them. Love for her family was matched only by her love for baking, a talent which she also passed down to her granddaughter, Elizabeth. Her lemon drizzle cake was second to none. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to either the Center for Hospice Care, or to the Smilow Cancer Center at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

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