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James Burns Jr.

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BURNS, JAMES H. JR. James H. Burns, Jr., 84, formerly of Woodland Drive, Durham, husband of the late Virginia ( Giaco) Burns, died Thursday at Portland Health and Rehabilitation Center, Portland. He was born in Middletown, the son of the late James H. Burns, Sr. and the late Helen (Porter) Burns. A veteran of the Korean War, he served with the US Army. Following his service in the army, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a degree in accounting. He was employed throughout his lifetime as an accountant, and prior to retirement, had worked for many years as senior vice president of finance at Prototype and Plastic Mold Company in Middletown. An accomplished singer and dancer, Jim also for many years performed as a member of the senior choral arts group, the Middletuners. He is survived by his brother, Charles Burns of Cobalt, and a sister, Jean Helenek of Haddam; also numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces andnephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Rita Burns Southard, of Ventnor, New Jersey. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Kathleen M. Hamel, of West Springfield, Massachusetts. Funeral services will be held Wednesday (May 7th) at 10 a.m. from Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown, followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Liturgy at Notre Dame Church, Main St., Durham. Burial, with military honors, will be in Mica Hill Cemetery, Durham. Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home, Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd, Newington, CT 06111. To share memories or express condolences online, please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com
Published in middletownpress on May 5, 2014
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