OBITUARY

Richard W. Burns

September 10, 1946June 12, 2019
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Richard William Burns, of Valley Cottage, New York, 72 years old passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Rick was born and raised in Washington Heights, NY. He spent his summers at Smallwood Lake with his family and friends and would always refer to those times as his happiest memories. Rick attended St.Elizabeth grammar school and went on to graduate from Power Memorial High School and Manhattan College where he received his Bachelors degree. Rick went on to marry the love of his life Patricia in 1970. Rick was employed as an accountant for American Express, Arriflex Corp, and the Marian Shrine. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. Rick’s passion was coaching CYO basketball for St.Paul’s school as well as gardening. He was as avid Orioles baseball and LSU football fan, but his greatest joys came from his family. He is survived by his wife Pat and his daughters Patrice (Darren) and Jacquelyn. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren; Drew, Timothy,Emery,Ella,Cole “CW” and Holden. He will be missed by so many. Family will receive friends on Friday 3-5 & 7-9 at Higgins Funeral Home in Congers, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, 10 am, St.Paul’s Church, Congers NY. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Ruby’s Rainbow, a foundation that awards college scholarships to children with Down syndrome. https://ruby rainbow.org/donate/

Services

  • Visiting Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Betty Carle

June 14, 2019

Ricky was a beloved cousin in our family. He was always the life of the party and you knew you would have a good time if he came to an event you were having (just like his mom Aunt Ann!) It was so good to spend more time with him these last few weeks. We had good talks about Smallwood, Washington Heights, Uncle Bernie!! and of course his grand kids that he loved. His face always lit up when we talked about them. But every few minutes when I was with him he always wanted to know where Pat was; when would she be home; should he call her...
He loved her to pieces and she certainly was his whole life.
Rest in peace Ricky...and I know you are saying in Heaven "those dam cigarettes; and I'll have a chardonnay!" I will miss you always!
Your cousin Betty (Beatrice)

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