HORNELL-Jeffery J. “Jeff” Burnett, 51, of 6426 Crosby Creek Road, Hornell, died Thursday evening (May 31, 2018) following a courageous battle with Stage IV colon cancer.
Born in North Hornell on September 4, 1966, he was the son of John and Mary (Alverson) Burnett.
Jeff was a lifelong resident of Hornell and graduated from Hornell High School (class of 1985) and also BOCES Wildwood with certification in Auto Mechanics.
After high school, Jeff began his career as an auto mechanic. He was employed at several area dealerships over the years, including Perry & Thompson Ford of Bath, Simmons/Rockwell of Hornell, Lindsey Motors in Wayland, and for the past four years, Timebuyer of Hornell. Jeff was an extremely skilled mechanic, receiving dozens of awards for Outstanding Service in Auto Mechanics. Most recently, he was a Senior Certified Ford Technician.
In his free time, Jeff could be found at “The Shop” on Drum Road where he would restore vintage snowmobiles. He loved racing and trading snowmobiles, especially Polaris! He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jeff is lovingly described as a “weekend warrior” who lived life to the fullest. A stubborn man with a strong heart, Jeff loved spending time with friends and family.
Jeff reached the distinction of Eagle Scout during his teenage years. He proudly kept his badges and certificates that were earned during his years in Boy Scouts.
Jeff is survived by one son, Kyle (Sienna) Burnett of Hornell; one daughter, Justine Burnett of Hornell; his mother, Mary Burnett of Hornell; 3 grandchildren, Wyatt, Raegan, and Quinn of Hornell; 3 brothers, John (Sharon) Burnett of Dansville, NY, David (Kathy) Burnett of Tennessee, and Kenneth Burnett of Hornell; his beloved “grand-dog” Gage; his very close friend, Griffin Ellis of Hornell; several nieces & nephews.
His father, John Burnett, preceded him in death in 1990.
To honor Jeff’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will in Rural Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Because of the excellent care from the staff at Strong Memorial Hospital, Jeff’s family requests that memorial contributions in his name be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue #704, Rochester, NY 14642.
To leave an online condolence or print a memorial form, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com.