Richard J. Burgess, 56: Bath businessman, devoted father

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BATH — Richard J. “Rick” Burgess, 56, died Feb. 2 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House of complications from diabetes.

Born in Bath on Sept. 12, 1954, a son of Dolores and Charles Burgess, he attended Bath schools and worked at the family grocery store, Burgess Market.  

After graduating from Husson College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, he earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Southern Maine.

A longtime Bath businessman, he operated several businesses, including his beloved Burgess Marina, Lincoln Street Market, Bailey’s Store, and the Harbor Light Cafe. He also had a successful accounting business and was a licensed gun dealer for more than 20 years.  

Dedicated to the Bath community, he served on the Bath City Council, the Bath Water District and also served as an umpire for youth baseball and softball in the Bath area, which was one of his favorite past times.

Nothing was more important to him than his four children, Maurice, Rachel, Heath, and Debbie, and their happiness was his primary concern.

He enjoyed speed-boating on the Kennebec River and spending time at the Montsweag Flea Market.

An avid hunter, one of his fondest memories was when he and his son Heath won a hunting permit for moose and shot one in northern Maine.

He was well-known for his sense of humor and was often pulling pranks on the people he loved most.

His son Heath and his father Charlie predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St. Suite 501, Boston, MA 02210-1258 or online at

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the David E. Desmond Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.  

A private burial service will be held in the spring.

Memorial condolences can be shared with his family at

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