Bernard G. Burns, 90, of Webster St., Malone, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family and Hospice of the North Country.
Born in Canton, N.Y. on July 17, 1924, he was the son of Francis and Ida (McDonald) Burns.
Mr. Burns completed his formal education in Bombay. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 26, 1943 serving with the 1252nd Combat Engineers Battalion in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 29, 1945.
He was married to Eileen Normile on May 26, 1947 in North Lawrence.
In his early years, Mr. Burns was employed by St. Lawrence Seaway. He was then employed by Monette’s Distributors working in beverage sales, and later with the Veteran’s Administration for Franklin County. He was active in local politics with the Democratic Party for the Town of Malone. He served two terms as town councilman, and one term as Supervisor for the Town of Malone. He was an active member of American Legion Post 219, Malone, for 68 years. He was one of the oldest surviving members from World War II with that post. For many years, he marched in the Malone Memorial Day Parade, and was a recipient of the 2014 George Pond award.
Mr. Burns had a great passion for baseball, and served as umpire for both men’s leagues and surrounding area high schools. He was recognized locally as avid and active cook with local charitable functions. In his retirement years, he and Eileen enjoyed many winters in Stuart, Fla.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years; six children, Julianne and Roger Bartalo of Canton, N.Y., Patricia and Paul Bianchet of Granby, Conn., Charles and Helen Burns of Lake Mary, Fla., Rosemarie and Kenny Shatraw of Malone, Madonna Burns and her partner, Michael O’Neil of Albany, and Barry Burns of Roswell, Ga.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Katherine Foley of Massena.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Francis, Kenneth, Gerald and Harold Burns; and a sister, Myrtle Decker.
Mr. Burns was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church for over 60 years.
Calling hours will be held at St. Mary-Murphy-Wilcox Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7 in St. Joseph’s Church, Malone.
Burial will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lake Titus Road.
Donations may be made in his memory may be made to either Hospice of the North Country or Wounded Warrior Project.