Alex Burton, the longtime radio and TV newsman who lived in Oak Cliff, died last week. He was 80.

A celebration of life is planned for Burton at the Texas Theatre, from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

Some Kessler Park neighbors know Burton for his wood-turning work. He once turned the remains of a dead tree in his next-door neighbor’s backyard into a beautiful bowl, which he then gave to the neighbors.

He also was the emcee of Tuba Christmas at Thanksgiving Square for several years.

Burton occasionally visited us at the Advocate HQ to pitch stories and visit, and our hearts go out to his family and friends.

The Dallas Morning News ran a thorough obituary for Burton.