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Burton Silberstein of Chestnut Hill, MA, entered into rest on July 11, 2021, at the age of 93. He was the beloved and devoted companion of Marilyn Mades for 25 years, and the loving father of Karen and Keith Simmons of West Bloomfield, MI and Debra and Donald Silberstein of Andover, MA. He was the enormously proud “Pepa” of Ashley and Adam Wexner, Karlee and Alex Simmons and Allyson, David and Daniel Silberstein. The greatest blessing were his two great-grandchildren, Leonard and Lewis Wexner. Burton is also survived by Marilyn’s children, Rick Mades, Mara Mades, Rebecca Dana, and Laura Mades. He was grandpa to Marilyn’s grandchildren, Ben and Matt Dana, Jackson Mades, and Andrew, Emma and Avery Mades, and great-grandchildren Maia and Eli Dana.
Burton was the devoted son of the late Rose and Louis Silberstein. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Carole Kisloff Silberstein.
Burton was born in Lynn, MA and grew to be a student athlete at Colby College in Waterville, ME, where he played baseball and basketball. He served in the military during the Korean War. Following his return from the army, he founded Colby Footwear, which has now evolved almost 70 years later to Easy Street and is now run by his son, Donald.
Burton always had a wide circle of lifelong friends and family, and his commitment to these relationships was inspiring. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and he made connections with people wherever he went. He loved to play golf until he no longer could, and he enjoyed wintering in Boynton Beach, FL for many years, though Boston was always his special place.
Special thanks and gratitude to wonderful caretakers David Tugume and Godfrey Wagwekku.
Burton will be eternally missed. Funeral arrangements will be private, but can be found streaming here at 10:45 AM on Wednesday, July 14. Zoom shiva will be held Wednesday evening after burial at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Carole Kisloff Silberstein Brain Tumor Research Fund, or Colby College Art Museum.