Bench at Chester River's first tee is memorial to Harry Burton

A bench in memory of Harry Burton has been placed at the first tee at Chester River Yacht and Country Club, Chestertown. From left: Mary Burton, chairman of Chester River Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraising golf tournament; Barrie Meima, CRHF board chairman; and Jim Harbeson, Chester River Yacht and Country Club’s Maryland Interclub Seniors Golf Association representative.

CHESTERTOWN — A bench in memory of Harry Burton has been placed at the tee of the first hole at Chester River Yacht and Country Club.

The Chester River Health Foundation board members and staff and the country club’s Maryland Interclub Seniors Golf Association members purchased the bench and a bronze plaque, which were unveiled at the foundation’s 25th annual fundraiser golf outing on Friday, May 31.

Harry Burton, an avid golfer, passed away in October.

His wife, Mary, is a member of the Chester River Health Foundation board and returned as chairman of this year’s golf outing.

She has donated many hours during the past 10 years “to confer with and advise the staff in preparation for each and every one of our events,” said Maryann Ruehrmund, the foundation’s executive director.

Harry Burton was an unofficial member of the foundation’s golf committee and provided guidance and expertise. “Those of us planning the event don’t play golf and there were many times that Harry jumped in to explain things or help negotiate a discussion,” Ruehrmund said in a news release.

Ruehrmund said the bench is dedicated to Harry Burton and with special thanks to Mary Burton.

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