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Burns, Perry L. - Gulf Stream, Fl  
Burns, Perry L. Perry Lorimer Burns, 79, a resident of Gulf Stream, FL and Greenwich, CT, died peacefully surrounded by his family, including his beloved lab, Stryker, on February 28, 2015 due to Lewy Body Disease. Perry, the son of David P. Burns and Maryella Warner, was born April 10, 1935, in New York City and grew up in Larchmont, NY. He attended Rye Country Day School, and graduated in 1952 from St. Paul's School of Concord, NH. He graduated from Princeton University in 1956, where he was a member of the University Cottage Club. He then served two years in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant-jg aboard the mine sweeper, U.S.S. Fearless, mostly in the Mediterranean. After an honorable discharge he tried sales in his family coal business but the sirens of Wall Street were too strong. He started at First Boston in 1959 in institutional equity sales, joined Faulkner, Dawkins & Sullivan in 1967 in the same capacity but switched to fixed income research where he created "Bondstat," a predictor of corporate bond rating changes. He survived several mergers and completed his career as an executive vice president and director of Fixed Income Research at Lehman Brothers in 1990. Along the way he earned his MBA at New York University. After retiring, he was an active volunteer and board member of the Literacy Volunteers of America, Stamford/Greenwich for six years. In 1994 he joined the Greenwich Council, Boys Scouts of America as a board member, a cub scout leader, and later Pack 5 leader. As a board member, he chaired or co-chaired the annual golf tournament for almost 20 years, raising more than $2 million. In 2003, Perry was given the Greenwich District Award of Merit and in 2011 he received the distinguished service award, the Silver Beaver, the highest award given to a volunteer. Perry had a great sense of humor and was a master raconteur. He was passionate about his family, his friends, his jokes, golf, fishing, bird shooting and gardening. He was a life member of The Round Hill Club in Greenwich and a member of Club Limited for over 45 years. Perry was very devoted to his children and tried very hard not to miss a dance recital, art opening or sporting event. He was "Mr. Mom," encouraging his wife, Joan, to pursue her career. It is indicative of the kind and gentle man Perry was by the way he accepted his suffering in the last several months without complaint and even joked about his weird hallucinations. Perry was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, David and Peter, and his first wife, Linda Fulton. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Joan Blissert, four children, Lorimer (David Benson), Perry, Jr. (Jolie Parcher), Samantha (Kip Robbins) and Robert, five grandchildren, his brothers' sons and five sisters-in-law and their families. A memorial service celebrating Perry's life will be held on May 15, 2015 at 11:00AM at Stanwich, Church, 202 Taconic Road, Greenwich CT. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Greenwich Council, Boys Scouts of America or a charity of your choice.
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