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Thursday May 2nd, 2019
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Donald F. Burns

OGDENSBURG- A Mass of Christian Burial for 1st Sgt (RET) Donald F. Burns, 89, of Ogdensburg, will be held on Friday, May 3rd,2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan as celebrant.   Burial will follow the mass in Hillcrest Cemetery, Heuvelton.  Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 from 3-7 p.m. at the LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.   Mr. Burns died on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
 Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.
 Donald F. Burns was born on August 21, 1929, in Ogdensburg, NY.  He was the son of the late Arthur and Lena (Matthews) Burns.  He was a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy and attended Clarkson University.  Donald served in the United States Air Force from 1946 until 1948 and went on to serve in the United States Army Reserve for 28 years. On March 31, 1950, he married Barbara Paro at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.   Donald worked as a chemist at Alcoa in Massena.  He was a member of the V.F.W., served as a major in the Civil Air Patrol, and was a member of the St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee. He served in the St. Lawrence County Legislature for 6 years, was a member of the Maple City Prop Busters Model Airplane Club, and attained an Extra level license as an amateur radio operator (WA2FDJ).  He was a recipient of the Silas Wright Award and the honor society at Northwest Tech was named for him (the Donald F. Burns Chapter of the  National Technical Honor Society at Northwest Tech).
 He is survived by his wife Barbara J. Burns, his children; Darlene (Roger) Liscum of Heuvelton, Ceri (Robert) Dean of Fort Collins, CO, Vernon “Sam” (Celina) Burns of Ogdensburg, Cynthia Burns-McDonald of Ogdensburg, Collene (Donald) Alexander of Watertown, Donald (Janice) Burns II of Ogdensburg, Melody Burns (Vic Olivett) of Glenmont, NY, Stephanie Burns (Harold Teal) of Rensselaer, NY, Augustus (Joy) Burns of Lisbon, Dolly (Mike) Morley of Matthews, NC,  Andromeda (Adam) Anstett of Williamsville, NY and Sebastian (Jenny) Burns of Fort Ann, NY.  He is survived by his brother Arthur Burns of Dunkirk, NY.  Thirty-two grandchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren also survive him.

 He was predeceased by his siblings Gerald, Janet and Jane and his parents, Arthur and Lena Burns.


Donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Hospice of St Lawrence Valley,The Ogdensburg Rescue Squad or to a charity of one’s choice.
 Online condolences may be made at www.LaRuePitcher.com.

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To Barbara, Darlene & all the baby birds, Your family is such a great & loving family, including everyone they meet. I always felt included in what was happening. Sorry Don had to go through the trials of cancer. Thinking of all of you in this time of sorrow. Lots of Love, Connie Palmer & family

Connie Palmer May 7 2019 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time.

Becky Hollis May 5 2019 12:00 AM

Wishing your family strength and peace.

Beverly Mayne May 5 2019 12:00 AM

Mrs. Burns and the entire Burns Family -

My deepest sympathy to your entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories and he will always be tucked in your heart.

Sincerely- Penny

Penny Sharrow May 4 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! In sympathy, Sandra and Terry Bresett

Sandra Bresett May 3 2019 12:00 AM

With deepest condolences.

Dave montroy

David Montroy May 2 2019 12:00 AM

Mrs Burns and family, my memories of the Burns family go back to the late 50s when i lived across on Congress St. My condolences and heart felt sympathy go out to each and everyone of you. May Mr Burns rest in peace.

John Demers May 2 2019 12:00 AM

A Monet's Garden Basket was sent on May 2, 2019

In celebration of a life well lived, and a family well loved. Ann Stick Crisafulli

Expression of Sympathy May 2 2019 12:00 AM

To the entire Burns family-
We are saddened to learn of Don's passing. We are hoping that his memories will bring a sense of peace and comfort to you all. Our deepest sympathy to you all- Scott and Lisa Sargent and family

Lisa Sargent May 2 2019 12:00 AM

To the Burns family,

We are so sorry for your loss of Mr. Burns, as we called him. My husband and I met him while mowing the Wesleyan Church lawn next door. He would always wave the cutest wave and we kept an eye out for him when we were outside. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Bruce & Heidi Pero

Heidi Pero May 2 2019 12:00 AM

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