Stephen Patrick Burns
Hill Funeral Home - East Greenwich
822 Main St
East Greenwich, RI
Stephen Patrick Burns, MD, FACR, a longtime resident of East Greenwich, RI passed away peacefully on August 11, 2021. Steve was the loving husband of Nancy Mailhot Burns for 56 years. Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Stephen Patrick Burns, Sr and Margaret Tompkins Burns.
After graduating from Watertown High School in 1958, Steve attended the pre-med program at Boston College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1962. He was accepted into Tufts Medical School and graduated in 1966. Following a one-year internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Brighton, MA, he enlisted in the US Public Health Service, Division of Indian Health Service, serving as a physician on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Fort Yates, North Dakota. After 2 years of service, he entered the Radiology residency program at Boston University in 1969 and completed his training in Boston. In 1973, he accepted a position in Radiology at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick, RI, where he later served as Chief of Radiology and as a member of the Special Advisory Committee. He was a Past President of the Rhode Island chapter of the American College of Radiology.
Besides his wife, Steve is survived by his children, Stephen P. Burns, III, MD and his wife Suzanne, Kathleen B. Takata and her husband Kenn, Patricia B. Harwood and her husband Steve, and David J. Burns; and 6 grandchildren, Nicole and Sarah Burns, Kyle and Keilee Takata, and James and Thomas Harwood. He was the brother of Helen Finn of Watertown, Massachusetts.
Steve's favorite leisure activities were music and sports, especially choral music, golf and skiing. He participated as a member of the Narragansett Bay Barbershop Chorus for 17 years and as a member of his church choirs at Our Lady of Mercy Church in East Greenwich and St. Elizabeth Seton in Naples, FL. He was a member of the Potowomut Golf Club in East Greenwich, RI and Bears Paw Country Club in Naples, FL. After retirement, he was a dedicated volunteer at Button Hole Golf Club in Providence, a non-profit which encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to learn the game of golf.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Our Lady of Mercy Church 65 Third St., East Greenwich. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, East Greenwich. Calling hours: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 4-7 p.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Button Hole Golf Course ( or the Parkinson's Association of Southwest Florida (
Published by Southern Rhode Island Newspapers from Aug. 19 to Aug. 27, 2021.
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Hill Funeral Home - East Greenwich
822 Main St, East Greenwich, RI
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Our Lady of Mercy Church
65 Third St., East Greenwich, RI
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The Simeone Family
August 21, 2021
My condolences to Dr Burns´ family. Knew him from Kent Hospital. Great Radiologist! Such a gentleman. So sorry for your loss.
Joy Pastore R.N.
August 19, 2021
Emma Makor
August 19, 2021
John and Norma
August 18, 2021
Our sympathy to the family for your loss. John sang with Steve in the NBC barbershop chorus for several years.
Annie and John Spence
August 17, 2021
Nancy and family my deepest sympathy on the loss of Steve. I remember him fondly and remember many fun rounds of golf we shared at Potowomut.
John holmes
August 16, 2021
Nancy and family, our deepest sympathy to you at this time. We truly enjoyed the many years of singing with Steve and being part of the wonderful Narragansett Bay Chorus family. We will treasure those good times forever. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Linda and John Quesnel
August 15, 2021
Dear Nancy, Stephen, Kathleen, Patricia and David. Sending you all our heartfelt condolences. Steve was a loving husband and a proud father and grand father. May you find strength in the love of family and friends. Bill and Jane Van Haaren.
Dr.Bill and Jane Van Haaren
August 14, 2021
Nancy and family. I was very sorry to read about Steve's passing. I'm glad I had a chance to speak with him earlier this year. Mary and I appreciated our friendship with you both over the past many years. Jerry Leary
Jerry Leary
August 14, 2021
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