Buzzy Barton Obituary, Death – I have of you, and it will always be the one that I think of when I think of you. I will always have you in my heart. I am grateful to you for the assistance you provided to Lynn. You are free to relax now, Gordon “Buzzy” Barton, a longtime resident of Lynn, the son of a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, and possibly one of the most revered public leaders the city has ever seen passed away late Wednesday night at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a brief battle with sickness.
He had just one month left until he turned 71 years old. Barton, a former firefighter for the city of Lynn who is now retired, has been serving as a city councilor at large since 2012. In preparation for his candidacy for a seventh term, he had already submitted his nomination papers. Between the years 1976 and 2004, Barton was a member of the Lynn Fire Department and served as President of the Local 739 chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
He was the president of the North Shore NAACP chapter and the son of the late Virginia Barton, who was a persistent advocate for civil rights and president of the North Shore branch of the NAACP. Because he has dedicated his entire life to serving and being committed to our community, we owe him a debt of appreciation.
Buzzy Barton, a neighbor of mine who also served as one of my mentors, has passed away. REST IN PEACE, COUNCILOR Barton. I am grateful that you have been there for me at all times to serve as a mentor and assist me in being an efficient City Councilor. This photo of you wearing a Philippine jacket to one of our Council meetings to respect my heritage will always be one of my favorites of the hundreds of selfies.