John Vincent Burns

John Vincent Burns

AGE: 91 • Perth Amboy

John Vincent Burns, 91, of Perth Amboy, entered into eternal rest at his home on September 8, 2013. He was a lifelong resident of Perth Amboy. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a member of the Altar Rosary Society. John graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was stationed in Dutch Guiana. On his return to the States, he enrolled in Montclair State College, graduating in 1949 with a BA in Teaching. He taught History in the North Jersey School System, and History and Government in Perth Amboy Grammar School.

While teaching, he attended Rutgers Law School at night passing the Bar Exam in 1955. He clerked for Congressman Edward Patten and Judge Joseph Schwartz. In 1962, he opened his own Law office in Perth Amboy, where he practiced for 53 years. John was a member of the NJ Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, and the Trial Lawyers Association of Middlesex County. He was certified to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Federal District Courts of New Jersey.

During his legal career, he provided legal services for the Perth Amboy Housing Authority, the Housing Authority of the City of Perth Amboy, the Institutional Review Board of Raritan Bay Medical Center, the Port Authority of the City of Perth Amboy, Middlesex County Legal Services, Middlesex County Election Board, and the American Arbitration Association.

He was a founding member of the HUBS Club in Perth Amboy in 1939. He was an active member in Perth Amboy politics and ran independently for Mayor in 1976.

John was predeceased by his brother, Coleman Burns. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Clare (Barbarotta) of Perth Amboy. He was a loving father to his seven children, Mary Burns Senior and her husband Kenneth of Bound Brook, Clare Burns-Klein of Perth Amboy, Coleman Burns of Palm Cost, FL, Joseph Burns of Perth Amboy, John Burns of Easton, PA, Anthony Burns of Woodbridge, and Barbara Burns and her husband Gary Christofferson of West Hollywood, CA; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Burns.

Visitation will be Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave., Fords, NJ 08863. Services will begin Friday at 9:30 am at the funeral home followed by a 10:00 am Funeral Liturgy in St. Mary's Church in Perth Amboy. Interment will be in St. Gertrude's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McAuley Hall at Mt. St. Mary's, 1633 Hwy 22, Watchung, NJ 07069. For directions or to send a message of condolence, please visit our website at

Funeral Home

Flynn and Son Funeral Home
23 Ford Ave  Fords, NJ 08863
(732) 826-0358

Published in Home News Tribune on Sept. 10, 2013