Your Silent Neighbors
By David K. Leff
Canton Town Historian
A lifelong Canton resident, Burton V. Chineis (1906-1962) attended local schools. He served in World War II and later became commander of the local American Legion post. Early in his career he was a developer and builder. Later he became a salesman for the John Hancock Insurance Company. He worked for Hancock about seventeen years and received a citation and admission to the company’s Honor Club for his excellent sales in 1961.
Chineis was also involved in local affairs, serving as third selectman for a number of terms and eight years as a justice of the peace. He died after a long illness. His funeral was held at the Vincent Funeral Home on Albany Turnpike with Reverend John Lee of Trinity Episcopal Church officiating. He was survived by his wife Alma and his daughter Victoria.
Burton V. Chineis is buried in Dyer Cemetery, Canton.
“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past. It will appear on the first and fifteenth of each month. Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today. Any suggestions, questions, or corrections should be addressed to Town Historian David Leff at email@example.com