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Charles Edward Burcham

March 29, 2022


               “Come to Me all you who are weary and burden and I will give you rest.”

Charles “Chuck” Edward Burcham, 30, of Newark, Delaware passed away on March 29, 2022.

Chuck attended Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School and graduated Delaware Technical Community College with an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He received his 1st degree Black Belt at the age of 14 in one of the oldest traditions of karate, Okinawa Shorin-Ryu, with his father.

Chuck’s other passion was playing basketball. He started playing in local leagues at the age of 5. He continued playing throughout high school in A.A.U. leagues. He was even fortunate enough to be selected for the “People to People” International program and represented the United States in a tournament in Amsterdam. Outside of basketball and bowling, he enjoyed fishing with his father, Harry Potter and Nintendo with his sister, and cuddling with his mother.

He enlisted in the NAVY 2 ½ years ago and trained to be a sonar technician (STG3), where he operated surface sonar and other oceanographic systems to collect, analyze, and interpret data for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). He served on the Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer ship USS Benfold, based in Japan. Beyond the love for his family and friends, his NAVY family meant the world to him.

Chuck will be missed deeply by everyone who knew him.  His bright personality and infectious laugh made everyone he met feel loved.

Chuck is survived by his parents, Sally and Ron Burcham, his sister, Amy Pfeifer and brother-in-law, Andrew Pfeifer.

A service will be held on Tuesday April 19, 2022 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at St. John’s Evangelical Church, 135 S. Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, Delaware, 19702.  Chuck will be laid to rest at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear where a committal service will be held at 1:00 pm.

A Celebration of Chuck’s life will be held at The Executive Banquet and Conference Center, 205 Executive Drive, Newark, DE 19702 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.   If you cannot make services or burial, we would like to see you at Chuck’s celebration.   ALL are welcome.


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