Stanley Burns, Jr
Jul 23, 1923-Apr 18, 2013
Resident of Alameda
Stanley Burns, Jr. passed away peacefully in his Alameda home where he had lived much of his life. Stan was born in Oakland, CA to Olga and Stanley Burns, Sr. At the age of 19 Stan enlisted in the Army and served 4 years during WWII as a Private First Class in the Military Police. He transported prisoners from North Africa to Europe and served in Italy, Germany, and France. In Italy he witnessed the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in March of 1944 and assisted in evacuating people from the nearby town of Naples. Stan graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts with a degree in graphic design. He worked over 30 years as a graphic designer for Crown Zellerbach where he designed thousands of logos and product artwork before retiring in 1982. Stan also enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid backpacker in the 1960's and 70's, hiking the trails of Desolation Wilderness, Yosemite, and Mt Whitney. In 1982 he met Elaine Paris with whom he remained a close friend until her death in 2006. In 2010, Stan suffered a stroke and spent the last few years of his life in his Alameda bungalow being cared for by his dedicated caregivers: Alice, Mel, Marilyn, and the Life Springs Hospice Care Staff. Stan will be greatly missed by his life-long friends: Priscilla Foster, Morris Zielenski, Gene Sandipper, and Ray Gutierrez. Elaine's daughters, Sharon and Nancy, are very grateful for Stan's friendship. Stan's ashes will be interred with Elaine's at the Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Apr. 28, 2013