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Mechanicsville Volunteers Mourn the Loss of Past Board of Director Francis Elliott “Sonny” Burch, Jr

Francis Elliott “Sonny” Burch, Jr., 88, of Mechanicsville, MD, peacefully passed away on July 22, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Sonny was born on February 4, 1934, to Elliott and Elizabeth Burch in Leonardtown, MD. After graduating from Charlotte Hall Military Academy in 1952, he pursued a degree in business at Western Maryland College. Upon leaving college, he worked with his father at Burch Oil and continued for 68 years. He married Rita, also known as “Peach”, in March of 1974. Together, they raised a blended family. Sonny was passionate about helping others and was involved in many organizations that supported the community and families of St. Mary’s County. Some of these included; the Lions Club, Cedar Lane Senior Living Center, Christmas in April, St Mary’s Hospital Board and Foundation, Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Hall Military Academy Board of Trustees, the Navy Alliance, and many more. In addition to his wife, Rita Burch, and his parents Elliott and Elizabeth, he is also preceded in death by his brother Donald B. Burch; and his grandson Andrew Blake. He is survived by his children Debbie Smith (Skip) of Sherborn, MA, Sheri Norris (BJ) California, […]

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