Eleanor Burns

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  • "Very saddened to hear about Eleanor. We worked together..."
    - Roxanne Williams Jones
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    - Sarah Broas
  • "Kwok, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I..."
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Burns, Eleanor A.
Eleanor A. Burns died peacefully at home on August 1 in Easton, Connecticut. Eleanor was born in New York City in 1962 to Jean Quayle Burns and John Francis Burns. She grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, Colby College and Columbia University. In 1990 she married Kwok J. Eng and they moved to Easton in 1992. Their son Timothy was born three years later, followed by the birth of their daughter Sophie in 1998.
Eleanor immersed herself in their new community. She was active as a volunteer in her children's schools and sports teams. She especially loved to watch Sophie dance and Tim play soccer and hockey. She served for many years as treasurer of the PTA, registrar for AYSO, and vice president of the Historical Society of Easton, where she helped to restore the Bradley-Hubbell Homestead, initiated the annual Third Grade history trip, and ran a summer living history camp at the Adams Schoolhouse.
Eleanor worked for many years at Christ Church Nursery School and later at the New Academy. She was a voracious reader, loved the beach, quilting and was a beautiful knitter. But most of all, she adored the company of her family - Kwok, Tim, Sophie.
Eleanor inspired us all with her determination and courage. She was spirited, thoughtful, maternal, generous and kind. We will miss her more than we can imagine. In addition to Kwok, Tim, and Sophie, Eleanor is survived by her sister Sarah and husband Glenn Johnston, and their two children, her brothers-in-law Fung and Clark, her sisters-in-law Toby, Eileen, and Betty, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 17, at the Bradley-Hubbell Homestead, 535 Black Rock Turnpike, Easton. Please dress casually. The service will begin at 2:00pm. In the event of rain, please check www.redgatehennessy.com for updates. Eleanor will be buried privately in the Aspetuck Cemetery in Easton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eleanor's name to the Historical Society of Easton. P.O. Box 121, Easton, CT, 06612, historicalsocietyofeastonct.org. Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.redgatehennessy.com.

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Published in Connecticut Post from Aug. 3 to Aug. 10, 2014