Thomas S. Burns
1950 - 2021
Surrounded by his family, Thomas S. Burns passed away on October 8th, 2021 after a brief battle with cancer. Tom was born on December 29th, 1950 to Mary (Ellie) and Gerald Burns. He grew up in Foggy Bottom Washington, DC where he was a member of the Hardy Boys Club and a graduate from St. John's College High School. He attended Bryant University where he was a member of their basketball team and Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He married Joyce Fisher in 1977 and they were blessed with four children. As a family they enjoyed many years at their home in Deep Creek Lake, MD where they would snow and water ski. He was an avid DC sports fan and passed along his love for the Washington Redskins to his children. He loved his annual trip to Pinehurst, NC with 18 of his closest buddies from High School. Later in life he found that the greatest role ever was "Grumps" to his four granddaughters. His love for family was contagious and he never lost a party. Tom spent 42 years in the Commercial Real Estate industry as a long-standing member and served on boards for CORFAC International, SIOR and the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club. His career began with Kornblatt and Associates and later Casey, Miller, Borris and Burns. In 1988 he opened the Baltimore Washington Corridor office for the Carey Winston Company and returned to Transwestern in 2012. He retired in January of 2021 but would still enjoy weekly lunch dates with the guys in the office. Tom is preceded in death by both his parents; his brothers Gerald and Michael; his brother in law Brendan McCarthy and sister in law Nancy Burns. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joyce Burns; daughters Beverly Martin (Justin) and Avery Burns Williams (Tom); sons Thomas (Erica) and Taylor (Lane) and his four granddaughters Brianna, Jordan, Annie and Carsen; his brother Kevin (Jan) and sisters Chris McCarthy, Maggie Healy (Richard) and Mary Burns; sister in law Susan Burns; and a host of nieces and nephews. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives. There will be a celebration of life at Chartwell Golf & Country Club on Saturday October 16th, 2021, from 12pm-3pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Hospice of the Chesapeake in the name of Thomas S. Burns.
Published by The Capital Gazette on Oct. 13, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
12:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Chartwell Golf & Country Club
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Annie and Stephen Brady
October 15, 2021
My deepest sympathy to all of your family. I remember Tom as a kind, vibrant man!
Marilyn Hill (Barbarita)
October 14, 2021
My deepest and most sincere heartfelt sympathy for my old classmate @ SJC & The Jelleff Boys Club in Georgetown. Only good memories of our times together.
Jim Cox
October 14, 2021
Tom "TB" Burns, Thank you for your many years of friendship. Starting with time together at St. John´s, to softball games at Holy Redeemer, the many times our paths crossed in D.C., to our thirty-plus years together in Pinehurst. Always a smile, always a story, always great conversation about family...yours and others. May every hole you play here on be left to right..."yes, a gentle fade". Love you Tom, Pete
Pete Grant
October 12, 2021
Will miss the monthly lunches at Joey Chu´s and your wonderful wit. God speed dear friend. You will be missed
David deVilliers
October 12, 2021
My deepest sympathies and prayers to Tom's family. I knew Tom for many years through Merritt Properties. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. He will certainly be missed by many.
Dauphne Bitzel
October 11, 2021
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