BROOKLYN, Conn. - Robert Edward Burns, 60, of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at home after a lengthy illness with his wife by his side.
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He was born in Bangor, Maine, on April 13, 1951, son of Nancie (Hopkins) Burns of Wilton and the late Arthur E. Burns. He was the husband of Susan M. (Lafreniere) Burns. They were married in Hollis, Maine, on July 23, 2000.
Robert was a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for many years as a maintenance supervisor at various paper mills throughout New England. He was an avid NASCAR fan and along with his wife attended many races. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Besides his wife and his mother, he is survived by his children; Jennifer Boudrieau and husband Mark, Jessica Granger and husband Ted, Bryant Burns and wife Jennifer and Brittni Desmarais and husband Andrew, all of New Hampshire; two stepsons, Sgt. First Class Christopher Weaver of Florida, Patrick Weaver and wife Jessica of Connecticut; brother James Burns and wife Jill of Wilton, and sister Christine Burns of Hollis, Maine; grandchildren, Katelynn Wilson, Makayla Granger, Madison Weaver and Mackenzie Weaver. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and his faithful companion Barrett.
He was predeceased by his infant son Richard Edward Burns who passed away in 1977.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. in Tillinghast Funeral Home, 433 Main Street, Danielson, with full military honors.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
A calling hour will be held at the funeral home on Thursday morning from 10 to 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of Northeastern CT, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260.
Published in The Concord Monitor from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2011