Sunday, May 26, 2024


Howard L. Burling II, 83

Howard L. Burling II, a former Westport police officer, died May 19 at St Joseph’s Center in Trumbull. He was 83.

He was born in Flushing New York on Feb. 6, 1935, the son of Hal Burling and Gina Denlinger.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.  He continued serving as a reserve officer retiring as a chief warrant officer II. 

After the Marine Corps, he joined the Westport Police Department.  While on the police department he designed the patch still worn today. He retired as captain from the police department after 20 years of service.

In 1968, he was honored to be on a first class U.S. postage stamp with his son Marc celebrating the police officer’s duty to protect and serve. Being an avid SCUBA diver he started the Underwater Rescue Team for the department. 

As much as he loved SCUBA he loved parachuting even more.  His love for the sport began in the Marine Corps where he packed parachutes. He parachuted more than 2,000 times including parachuting onto the North Pole at the age of 62.

He is survived by his son Marc Burling of Yorba Linda, California, his three grandchildren Charlie, Carina and J.D., as well as his daughter in law Marlene Burling of Seymour.  He is also survived by his ex-wife Emma Burling of Milford.  They met in 1955 and were married to each other twice.  They remained best friends until the end.  He was also close with his ex-wife Beverly Previs of Stratford, who he resided with for the last 10 years.  He is survived by his sister Jane Fraytet of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was predeceased by his son Ward Burling, his parents, and his two brothers, Charles and Walter.

Howard will be remembered at a memorial service with Military Honors on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p,m. at Milford Christian Church, 989 New Haven Ave., Milford.  There will be an internment at The State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown on Friday June 15 at 1:30 pm.

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