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Riewerts Memorial Home
Monday March 18th, 2019
3:00pm - 7:00pm

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Irving Burton

The world has lost the true father of Modern Dance. Irving Burton passed away on March 15, 2019 at 95 years of age surrounded by his wife and children. Irving was an actor, dancer, teacher and choreographer. He performed on Broadway, off Broadway and was a 24 year featured member of The Paper Bag Players, a nationally and internationally known pioneer of children's theatre. He performed with them throughout the United States as well as internationally. Irving was seen on numerous television shows as well as movies. Irving was born Israel Burton Greenberg on August 5, 1923 in Brooklyn, NYC. His parents were Morris Meir and Sarah Bella Greenberg. He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Maryan Francis Burton, whom he met as her dance teacher. Together they had 4 children:

Sarah Beth Burton Doleac (Craig) of Maryland, Byron Francis Burton (Monica) of NJ, Juliana Burton Ballard, DVM (Terry) of VA and Dr. Benjamin M. Burton of NJ. 

5 grandchildren: Aaron Nathaniel Burton (Alyson), Adam James Burton (Janelle), Zachary Burton Ballard, Rachel Alexandra Ballard and Rebecca Jean Doleac. 

2 great grandchildren: Chase Burton and Elyana Grace Burton.

Irving Burton was a brilliant, creative mind, a beautiful and gifted dancer, a man who loved his family, his dogs, his friends and the dance community. He will be deeply missed by us all. Visiting at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 So. Washington Ave., Bergenfield on Monday 3-7 PM. Interment will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Granville, OH. A celebration of Irving's amazing life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to The Center For Modern Dance Education, 84 Euclid Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601 or Restore Native Plants (restorenativeplants.org) would be appreciated.

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Byron and Family,My condolenceson the loss of your father. May he rest in peace.

Cathy Prata Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM

Burton & Family,
My condolences on the loss of your father. I met Mr. Irving Burton and his wife when we Discovery Group from Gallaudet with Sarah at the cabin for the night. Mr. Burton was amazing as he shared the stories and sung the song with us. It was beautiful. He was a wonderful man.
hugs Debbie Hurry

Debbie Hurry Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Irving Burton

Christine Kimel Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the Burton family. Irving was a sweet, kind, gentle man and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Tom and Tina Piggott Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

A Medium Dish Garden was sent on March 17, 2019

Condolences from Hajek-Delgado family

Expression of Sympathy Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Mrs Burton,
i was saddenned to hear of Mr Burton's passing. He was a very king man, always stopping to say when he was out. I loved watching you and he, when you were out with the dogs. May he rest in peace. May you feel the love and strength from your family and friends during this time.

Susan Vilardi Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

In sympathy and celebration for the creative energy of our beloved Irving. How many lives he has touched and inspired. Thanks for this wonderful music. Regards to the whole family.

Cathie A Ruppi Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM