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Christopher Tormey Burns Sr.

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Burns, Sr.,

Christopher Tormey

Syracuse: Christopher Tormey Burns Sr., loving father and grandfather and consummate story-teller, peacefully passed away October 25, 2013. Tormey was born in Syracuse on February 25, 1929, the son of Emmett J. and Loretta Tormey Burns. He served in the Korean War and, after graduating from LeMoyne College ('53), he founded Burns Brothers Builders with his brothers, Emmett and Barnum. Tormey married the love of his life, Marianne Moran, in 1959 and together they raised their three children, Christopher, Kerry and John. They were communicants of St. Matthew's Parish in East Syracuse, where Marianne was a second grade teacher. Tormey had the good fortune of growing up with a large, loud, and loyal Irish family. As a child he cherished his summers in Cazenovia with his extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. After their marriage, he and Marianne summered with their family in Sandy Pond. Tormey was known as the family Seanchaí or storyteller. His recitations - both his original work and that of other famous writers and poets - were the highlight of every family gathering. Tormey wrote every day and he encouraged others to tell their stories. He had the unique ability to capture moments and memories by scribbling them on any scrap of paper that he could find. It's fair to say that at least 50 percent of his stories were true, though his grandchildren were known to ask, How do you know when Pop is lying? That's easy, his lips are moving! He published his first book, Let Me Tell You A Story, a collection of his Irish tales, in 2010, and he inspired every recipient of his book to have fun with words with his personal inscriptions. Tormey also was a master woodworker. He built classic furniture for his friends and family and created and patented the Hurlago Irish walking stick. Tormey was a loving and compassionate man who possessed overwhelming strength and determination when facing life's challenges. He was a true and steadfast friend to all who knew him. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Tormey is survived by his daughter, Kerry, her husband, Doug Miller, and their children, Ryan and Kieran (KC); son, Christopher II, his wife, Pam, and their children, Christopher III, Jack, Riley and Maddie; son, John Moran Burns; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Susan and Kenneth Rizzuto; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Marianne; his parents; brothers, Emmett and Barnum; his sister, Anne; and his sisters-in-law, Catherine Cassidy Burns and Mary Ellen Johnson Burns. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 28, at Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel, 8171 Cazenovia Rd (Route 92), Manlius. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, at St. Ann's Church, 104 Academy St., Manlius.



Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Oct. 28, 2013
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