Peter J. Burnham was remembered by friends and colleagues as a perfectionist, a dedicated public servant, and a kind-hearted soul, at a memorial dedication in his honor last Wednesday.
Burnham was director of the town highway department and a member of the Wenham Fire Department for 27 years, from 1971 to 1998.
In a brief ceremony inside the Wenham town garage, speakers included Edward Haraden, the Wenham chief of police from 1959 to 1984; Wenham Fire Chief Bob Blanchard and Wenham Police Chief Kenneth Walsh.
Burnham's widow, Gail Burnham, was also in attendance.
"He was a mentor to many of us," Blanchard said. "Many good stories of good times together, and a lot of tragic times we'd seen together in the fire service. He was truly my mentor, and we miss him dearly."