John Francis Burns

September 10, 1925March 25, 2013

John Francis Burns, a lifelong resident of Buzzards Bay MA, died Monday, March 25, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. Burns, for over 66 years. John was born on September 10, 1925, in Bourne MA. Educated in the Bourne School system, he also attended the Industrial Technical School in Boston. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, John served on the U.S.S. Admiral W.S. Benson during W.W.II. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, John worked for the U.S. Postal service, as the first walking carrier in the Buzzards Bay area. John matriculated next to the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Cape Cod where he was a dedicated employee for 42 years. He was also a member of the Bourne Planning Board. A lifetime professional musician, John was a member of many area bands, preformed with the U.S. Navy band and taught many local youths the guitar. Upon his retirement from Coca-Cola, John took up painting and enjoyed many hours with his brushes. A hard-working and kind family man, he cherished time spent with his 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Survived by his wife, Patricia, and their children, Kathleen Hall of Buzzards Bay, Sandra Clark of Yarmouthport, and Jack with his wife Donna of Sandwich, along with his brother Melvin “Chick” Burns of Buzzards Bay. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard, Bourne MA. A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with burial to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Sandwich MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Friday, March 29, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 30, 2013

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April 20, 2014

Dear Pat,
I have such wonderful, fond memories of you and John from the rides when I was a child in John's rumble seat to get ice cream - heavenly treat! - to when he took my first born son for a ride in his truck... what a thrill that was for a toddler! How precious your babies were - I thought Kathy, Sandi and Jackie were the most adorable babies ever born. They grew up to be super wonderful! How lucky they were to have you & John as parents.
I remembered John in church this morning, having asked that his name be included in the Easter Sunday bulletin along with the other families' loved ones for whom we prayed. Many blessings to you and all of your family, Barbara Perry

Sallie Butler

April 5, 2013

Dear Pat, Kathy, Sandy and Jackie
Dick and I are sending our Prayers, sympathy and love to you all. John was such a great friend to all of us. The days of yore and all the sporting games are the best of memories we will forever keep. Live on with those memories and please keep John's peace sign going. God Bless you all.Sallie ,Dick and Families

sally gibbs

April 2, 2013

Pat and family: Deepest sympathy to you for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely and with love,
Sally Gibbs, Chad King, and families.

sally gibbs

April 2, 2013

Kathy & David and family:
Sincere sympathy for your loss. Let your memories keep a smile in your heart.
Love, Sally Gibbs and Chad King and families.

April 2, 2013

Dear Pat and family. We're greatly saddened to hear of John's passing. Bob, Charlie, and I have fond memories of visiting your family when we were kids, playing in the bright summer sunshine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bob, Charlie and Dave

joan carr

April 1, 2013

Sandi....I am sorry you lost your Dad.Take comfort in knowing how good you were to him.Joan Carr

valerie handy ehmann

March 30, 2013

Just heard about John's passing and im so sorry for your loss. John came and visited my dad just before he passed and dad lightened up just at the sight of him and a few other friends..God Bless
Valerie Handy Ehmann

March 29, 2013

Aunt Pat and family,
I send my prayers, love and deepest sympathy to you all. Hold on to your wonderful memories, may they fill your hearts with joy.
Love, Penny

Kristen McGrath

March 29, 2013

Pat & Jack, I am so sorry for your loss. John was a kind man and a terrific boss. I enjoyed the time I worked for him in the Service dept. at Coca-Cola. He will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families in this time of loss.

Peggy Rose

March 29, 2013

Oh, Sandra, I was so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. What a terrible shock for all of you. My thoughts are with you and the girls and your family.