ANNAPOLIS, MD — Ernest “Ernie” Hill Burt Jr., 92, of Annapolis, Md., since 1972 passed away March 20, 2012, at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was born July 26, 1919, in Petoskey, Mich.
Ernest attended Michigan State University for one year, and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He spent 30 years in the Coast Guard, advancing to the rank of captain before retiring in 1972. After retiring from the Coast Guard, he worked for about 10 years for Moran Towing. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was captain of numerous weather ships, served as captain on a buoy tender, and served as executive officer of a sea-going tug. Unusual achievements include being a three-time winner of the Retired Skippers Race in Castine on his Gitana yawl. Sailing, both in Maryland and Maine, and doing forestry work on his property in Maine, where he had his own small saw mill, were his hobbies.
Survivors are his spouse, Alice Burt, whom he married June 23, 1943; sons, Stephen Burt of Edgecomb, Peter Burt of Princeton, N.J., Charles Burt of Ashburn, Va.; and Jeffrey Burt of Vienna, Va.; sister, Marjorie McKenney of Barnsley, England; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held March 25, 2012, at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences: www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.