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March 20, 1926 ~ April 27, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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CHESTER, MA - Burton Fred Macia, (Poppy) a World War II Army veteran and longtime resident of Chester Mass, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 27th, 2023.

Born in Chester Mass on March 20, 1926, to Irving Macia and Stella (Lawrence) Macia.

He leaves his sister Alberta Jordan, many nieces and nephews. Burton was predeceased by his brother Donald Macia and his sister Katherine Thomas.

Burton (Burt) (Poppy) (Uncle Burt) is survived by his loving niece Karen Avery, great-niece Kiirsten Cooper, and her husband Steven Cooper his great-nephew Erik Pedersen, his wife Suzie Pedersen, his beloved great-great nieces, and nephews Aliisa Cooper Mazaik her husband Mike Mazaik, Nicholas Cooper, Shane Cooper, Ava Pedersen and Christopher Pedersen. 

Burton was a graduate of the old Chester High School and retired from Sterling Radiator in Westfield Massachusetts.

Burton’s military service awards include the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal, in the 827th Chemical Co Air operations as a Toxic Gas Handler.

Burton Macia, (Poppy), was predeceased by his wife of 67 years Anita Macia (Nana) in 2021, his niece Sharen Engwer, in 2021 and Karen’s husband George Avery in 2012.

Burton loved his garden, his yard and being outdoors, but most importantly he loved taking his golden retriever Kellie “over the mountain” twice a day for walks.

Burton liked to watch Redsox baseball on TV and feed and watch all the critters that came down the mountain daily to visit him.  

Per his wishes, there will be no services.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue

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