John was born in Westfield, a son of William and Bernice (Yuskauskas) Burdulis. Raised and educated in Worcester, John earned a degree in engineering from Worcester Industrial Technical Institute and accepted a position with the New England Telephone Company. Rising through the ranks, he dedicated himself to the phone company for over 44 years before retiring as manager of Network services in Marlborough for the Verizon Corporation.
John is survived by his wife, Lorretta (Sledziewski) Burdulis, with whom he would have celebrated 52 years of married life July 9; four children he was so proud of and loved dearly, Suzanne Burdulis of Dudley, Thomas J. Burdulis and his wife Cynthia of Worcester, Charles S. Burdulis and his wife Amy of New Bem, N.C., and Eric F. Burdulis and his wife Christine of Worcester; a brother, Jerome Burdulis of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Bernice Fernandez of Dade County, Fla.; five grandchildren, Alexandra, Tyler, Vincenza, Anthony and Lia; and many nieces, nephews extended family and friends. A brother, Vincent Burdulis, predeceased him.
John was a member of St Anne’s Church in Shrewsbury and Christ the King Church in Mashpee and the Telephone pioneers organization. A quiet, unpretentious, man who devoted his life to his wife, family and his job; John was extremely handy with his hands and able to fix almost any job that needed it. John could routinely be found, fixing or helping construct things at his home, his children’s, or anyone that needed it or asked for help. John enjoyed travel, both with Lorretta and for business over the years. During the Vietnam era, John served in the U.S. Air Force reserve. In his children’s youth, John coached baseball for the Tris Speaker Little League.
Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours Tuesday, July 10, from 4-7 p.m., in the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester. His funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 11 from the funeral home with a procession to St. Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, where his celebration of life will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial remembrances can be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 or the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Rd., #200, Framingham, MA 01701.