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OBITUARY: Michael Burton – ‘Mouse’

Besi Besemar December 25, 2016

November 14, 1979 – December 12, 2016

Photo: James Brooks

Michael ‘Mouse’ Burton, aged 37, died in Brighton in the early hours of Sunday, December 12, 2016.

Michael was born on November 14, 1979, to parents Mandy and Bruce and was sibling to older sister Kirsty.

Growing up in Farnborough, Hampshire, he quickly developed a flair for all things artistic particularly theatre, dressmaking and poetry; as a teenager he had many of his poems published.

He also had a passion for alternative therapies, was a reiki master three times over in different disciplines and was also a talented kinesiologist.

His first love, however, was the people in his life and he had an amazing ability to bring out the best in everyone he met.

Despite his fear of large bodies of water, Michael decided to move to Brighton in 2000 where he quickly fell in love with every aspect of the city.

He worked in various positions including Charles Street Bar, but in recent years he took joy in combining his hobby of sewing with his innate creativity and was employed making bespoke lampshades. He always laughed as he referred to this as a “very shady business”. 

Michael was a talented linguist and had a way with words to rival his comedy hero Victoria Wood.

He was a true individual who valued the happiness of those around him above all else. This is reflected in his large group of friends who were so important to him that he often referred to them as his “urban family”.

He will be sorely missed by those friends, his family and all who knew him; he will be fondly remembered by anyone who had the good fortune to meet him.

Funeral details will be published once arrangements have been made by the family.

                                                                        Written and submitted by Aaron Lawrence