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Virdree Burns

December 9, 1960April 19, 2020

Virdree Burns was born on December 9, 1960 and passed away on April 19, 2020 and is under the care of R. Stutzmann & Son.

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Virdree Burns

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Luis Serdeiro

June 11, 2020

My first time to NYC, I met Virdree, I was received with a very warm welcoming during that winter, he took me around the city and introduced me to the church in Manhattan.
What a lovely brother!

Chris Chou

May 24, 2020

I met Virdree as I started college in Manhattan. We spent quite some time together going to meetings, having meals, and he would visit me in my home. One memory I have vividly is he accompanying me to my US citizenship ceremony in Stony Brook University, Long Island. We took a long train ride together and that was a special time. Virdree loved the Lord, loved and took care of saints, and functioned in the Body.

Maria Kim

May 20, 2020

To Virdree's family, thank you for sharing your precious brother "Junior" with us. Sabrina and Trish, you were blessed to know him as your flesh brother by birth. Many of us were also truly blessed to know him as our dear brother in the Lord. He was an essential part of the church in NYC, faithfully attending almost every event there was, in the meeting hall, at picnics & outings, and small Bible study fellowships in the homes. He always came with his hands full of something to share with others. He witnessed our family grow from one child to four, and our kids called him "Uncle Virdree." He was good with babies - maybe he was like a giant teddy bear to them, and they didn't cry when he held them, and they felt his warm and loving heart. As many have mentioned, his generous heart also extended to opening his home to many, many brothers over the years. The Lord has received a precious saint to Himself.

Cindy Nunge

May 18, 2020

Echoing after what so many has already consistently said about dear brother Virdree. He took care of and shepherded my family in so many ways. I will always be grateful and remember in my heart the times he stayed at our home to take care of my family members that had surgeries throughout the years and nourished them back to health. He gave me several advices regarding nursing especially when I first started nursing. He was so Jesusly human. He was always so kind, giving, considerate of others and always caring for others. His tender care for the body and his expressions of Christ on earth watered so many saints regardless of their age, color or background. The Nunge and Shi families will miss our brother very much.

Samuel Oram

May 18, 2020

I was one of the many brothers who was taken in by Virdree for hospitality. I stayed with him several times when I was commuting from Boston to New York for school in 2013. He lived with three brothers who were roughly twenty years younger than he was. It was very clear to me that he led the way in giving hospitality, and they followed out of enormous respect for him as an older and more mature brother in Christ. He followed Jesus Christ, and they followed him.

Brother Virdree cared deeply about shepherding. During one of my stays with him, he suggested that I accompany one of his younger roommates to a Friday-night church meeting for the college students. After the meeting, the two of us rode the train together for about an hour to get home. That night, Virdree earnestly thanked me for attending the meeting, adding that the brother was shepherded to have me riding the train with him. I didn't realize it at the time, but Virdree was bringing both of us into function.

He even came to my graduate recital when I was finishing my conservatory program. He loved music and related to me through this common interest. Virdree had no idea how much he shepherded me through our time together. I am comforted by this verse in the Bible: "We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed...But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor 15: 51-52, 57).

I miss Virdree very much, but I know that his portion of Christ is still with us. His portion of Christ will live on in the fellowship he had, the hospitality he gave, and the brothers that were brought into function under his leading.

-- Samuel Oram, Church in Springfield, MO

Shana Haynes-Harp

May 18, 2020

The Haynes and Harp families will miss brother Virdree. Our last memory of him was hearing his voice over the virtual prayer meeting held the first week after the COVID-19 New York "stay at home" shelter order. His prayer was short, to the point, yet "weighty". We will miss his huge smile, deep voice and welcoming personality. We thank the Lord for blessing the Church in New York City with brother Virdree.

JP Eugenio

May 18, 2020

When I moved to NYC in 2019, Virdree was the first person to welcome me as he opened our apartment door as I moved across the country. Instantly, I felt cherished and at home. In my first week, he offered to share a ride to the church meeting. Those were my first memories of moving to NYC. Virdree was a sweet and wonderful brother and he will be dearly missed.

Joshua Yu

May 17, 2020

I have the privilege of meeting Virdree when I first moved to New York City. He had render practical helps to me to getting used to the living in New York City. I remembered the time when he took the opportunity to go with me to the laundromat and show me the steps to do laundry at the laundromat. It was an enjoyable time and I appreciated him spending the time with me. There was also another time when we went to Costco together to get supplies. Then there was the time when he would provide hospitality to brothers visiting New York City or to the young people. I felt this shows He has the spirit of hospitality and cherishing people. Praise the Lord for our brothers’ portion.

Anthony Shi

May 17, 2020

I went to City Island with Virdree, David and Zhao on a Lord's day sometime in April 2018. We were happy when we arrived,for it took a long time for us to get there. Had a great time eating together and sharing food. It was memorable, because it was one of our favorite places to visit and it was Zhao's first time there. Overall we had a good time and enjoy each other's company.

Edmond Feng

May 17, 2020

When Virdree was living in Harlem, a few of us went to hang out with him. We played board games, watched movies and ordered dim sum take out. That was the first time I met him, officially. I thought he was forty years old since he was always with young adults.

After I moved to Manhattan, I got to see him more often. A lot of us knew it was physically challenging for him to walk. Yet I remember seeing him on Tuesdays all the time. I messaged him in January to see if he was doing ok since I hadn’t seen him. He said “I thought to rest a bit before returning, likely next week. Amen!” And he came back the next week.

Virdree was faithful, sincere, humble, gentle, kind and loving. And he will always be remembered that way.