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Born: Dec 22, 1940

Date of Passing: Oct 30, 2022

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1940 - 2022

Richard Burleson passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 30, 2022.
He is survived by daughters Jessica Burleson (Duncan Owen), Winnipeg, and Rachel Yossifon (Yossi); grandchildren Noa, Nadav, and Eliana Yossifon, Kfar Saba, Israel; ex-wife Paula (Korman) Burleson, Winnipeg; sister-in-law Jan (MacLaren) Burleson, Benson, Vermont; and loving nieces and nephews.
Richard was born December 22 in Middletown, Connecticut, to Lester and Myrtle (Dunkleberger) Burleson. He often recounted stories of a marvellous and magical New England childhood spent with older brothers Lester Jr. and Ronald, both of whom predeceased him. Early on, he discovered a passion for music, which would accompany him his entire life.
Richard earned a Bachelor of Music in 1964 from the University of Hartford (UHart), where he first discovered Early music and studied lute under the late Joseph Iadone. He met soprano (and future wife) Paula Sue Korman at UHart, where they began a career together in Early music performance. Richard and Paula married in 1964 and moved to Seattle Washington, where Richard completed a Master of Arts in music at the University of Washington in 1967. In 1970, Richard and family moved to Winnipeg, where he began a 40-year-long career as professor at the University of Manitoba's School of Music (now Desautels Faculty of Music). Richard and Paula performed extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe until 1985.
Richard was a dedicated and passionate instructor, specializing in music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, and Early music. He founded the U of M Early Music Festival in the 1970s and led the School of Music's Collegium Musicum for many years. He was a frequent guest artist in Aurora Musicale, Music Inter Alia, and other music series, and contributed in the areas of new music performance and folk music. In addition to performance and teaching, Richard was an active researcher, publishing and lecturing on Early music, folk song, language and music, and First Nations music.
Richard will be remembered for his dedication to teaching, music and the arts, his unique and positive outlook on life, his love for visiting with friends and family over coffee, and his storytelling. He taught us to stop and appreciate the beauty of the world around us. He was a gentleman and a scholar, who considered it more important to be kind and caring than to be right or correct. He left the world a better place than it was before him. May his memory be a blessing.
In keeping with Richard's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Shaftesbury Retirement Residence for the wonderful care they provided.

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Publish Date: Nov 19, 2022


Richard Burleson passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence.
Richard was beloved father to daughters Jessica Burleson (Duncan Owen) and Rachel Yossifon (Yossi); and beloved grandfather to Noa, Nadav, and Eliana.
Longer notice to follow.
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Publish Date: Nov 12, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 12, 2022, Nov 19, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Firstly, condolences to Rachel, Jessica and Paula. Professor Burleson trusted me to habysit for Jessica and Rachel, and so I was privileged to know him in his family setting as well as in the university. I remember how much he encouraged me and the other members of the Collegium, making us feel valued and respected. Even now, all these years later, I smile when I think of him- which is frequently. I will miss you, Professor Burleson. I already do. Sahra Cohen, Montreal, Quebec - Posted by: Sahra Cohen (Student at U of M) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • My deepest sympathy to Professor Burleson’s loved ones. He was kind and gentle towards students yet when talked about various topics in his lectures, became very enthusiastic and emphatic. He opened my mind in so many ways and helped me see the world differently. I truly feel so lucky to have had him as one of my teachers. - Posted by: Nicole Lafrenière (Student U of M) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Paula, Jessica, and Rachel - sending condolences and prayers of strength during this difficult time. Debbie Isaacs - Posted by: Debbie Isaacs (Family/musical connection from U of M School of Music) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to Richard Burleson's family and friends. Prof. Burleson introduced me to the world of ideas at the University of Manitoba School of Music. I would not be the person I am today without his influence. - Posted by: Paul von Wichert (Pupil) on: Nov 12, 2022

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