Honor Mission
Francis D. Burgess, Jr.
US Navy Veteran
NYS Trooper (Ret.)
Multi-City, NY - 01/05/2021
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission: The family of Francis Donald "Don" Burgess, Jr. has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Don, 78, passed on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in Deming, New Mexico.

Born in Troy, NY, Don was a 1961 graduate of Catholic Central High School. He was a talented painter and artist. Don enlisted in the US Navy Reserve in 1960, and was called to active duty in August of 1961. He served as a Commissaryman aboard the USS Newport News (CA-148), a Des Moines-class heavy cruiser, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1963 at the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class (E-4).

After the military, Don served as a New York State Trooper from June of 1967 until his retirement. He was also a retired Health Inspector and, at one time owned a newspaper in Lake George, NY. He was an avid gun collector and loved his cats and reading. Don was also a cousin to PGRNY Region 5 Ride Captain, Bill Ryan.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Don's obituary, available for viewing online on the Riverview Funeral Home website by clicking HERE
Primary Staging Date: 01/05/2021
Primary Staging Time: 12:45
AM or PM: pm
Staging Location: Riverview Funeral Home
218 2nd Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Lead Ride Captain: Bill Ryan
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lead Ride Captain Phone #:  
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.

  • Stay a minimum of 6 feet apart from each other at all times.
  • No handshaking, fist-bumping, hugs, cheek kissing or any other physical contact.
  • Follow all Covid-19 protection practices as described on the CDC website.
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
  • If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not attend this Mission.
  • * ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: Wearing a protective face covering of some kind is required...homemade facemask, bandanna, etc. (Patriotic face coverings would be particularly appropriate) This will not only provide an extra layer of protection to ourselves and others, but will send the message that the PGR takes this crisis seriously and is performing this Mission responsibly.
Special Information: Staging at the funeral home for a 1:00 pm escort departure for Saratoga National Cemetery.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? yes
Second Staging Date: 01/05/2021
Second Staging Time: 01:30
Second Stage - AM or PM: pm
Second Location: Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, NY 12871
Second Lead Ride Captain: Bill Ryan
Second LRC Email and Phone #: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Second Stage - Special Information: Interment with military honors scheduled for 2:00 pm. Members arriving early should form a flag line at the main gate for the arrival of the funeral cortege.
Is there a Third Stage to this Mission? no
Submitted by: Ray Sestak
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