OBITUARY

James H. Burns Jr.

June 10, 1943April 6, 2019
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James H. 'Jimmy' Burns Jr. , 75 Retired master plumber enjoyed conversation, history, reading, baking, and weekend fishing trips with lifelong friends James H. "Jimmy" Burns Jr, 75, peacefully entered eternity on April 6, 2019, surrounded by his family in his home. James suffered with dementia. Thankfully he knew his family up until the end. James was born on June 10, 1943, in Sunnyside Hospital on Staten Island and raised in West Brighton. He attended Blessed Sacrament School, P.S. 30 and graduated McKee High School in 1963. James was drafted to serve in the Army as a sergeant and sharpshooter in Germany from 1965 to 1967. In 1967 he married the love of his life, Liz Wimmer; they resided in Westerleigh for over 50 years. After his time in the service, James became a plumber's apprentice that would lead him to receive his NYC Master Plumber license. Upon receiving his license, he became self employed as owner/operator of James H. Burns Plumbing and Heating. He was self employed until 1989, when he joined the NYC Department of Health and Hospitals. James retired from Harlem Hospital in 2007. James had many hobbies and interests, including reading, antiquing, history, baking, weekend fishing trips with lifelong friends and he had a love of nostalgia. He loved good conversation and having people around where they could pull up a chair and have a good visit. He loved his family most of all. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth (Liz Wimmer) Burns; children, Patrick (Doreen) Burns, Daniel (Gina) Burns, James H. Burns III, Erin (John) McAndrew, and Brendan (Kim) Burns; grandchildren, Grace, Ruby, Evelyn, Jack, Brendan, Mary, Patrick, James, Anna and Gus; sister, Patricia Kane; brothers, Joseph and Timothy Burns, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, James Burns; mother, Katherine Burns; and sisters, Mary Lou Beaulieu and Katherine Burns. Services are being handled by Casey Funeral Home.Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Friday, April 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Holy Family Church. Burial will follow at St Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at Good Counsel, 303 Madison St., Hoboken, N.J. 07030.

Casey Funeral Home 350 Slosson Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10314 (718) 447-4242

Published in Staten Island Advance on Apr. 10, 2019

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, April 13, 2019

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Mary Lou Raab

April 12, 2019

Liz , God bless you and all the family ! May you have solace in knowing that through His Mercy you will be reunited with your loving : Husband - Father - Brother- Uncle - Cousin - Friend and Neighbor , in God's time !!! Holy Mary and St. Joseph please protect and console the James Burns Family during their time of mourning and have Mercy on his soul !!!

Janeen Violante

April 10, 2019

I have a fond memory of sitting on Erin's couch with you, Jim...just laughing and sharing stories. Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with me, a lifelong friend. We will take good care of Liz.

Mary Lou (Hurley) Wisniewski

April 9, 2019

So sorry Liz for the passing of Jim. He was a great neighbor who came to my aid many times and know he will be greatly missed. I was blessed to have you and your family in my life and Jim will be missed for sure. 😒

BETTY (Ward) & MIKE Fiorillo

April 9, 2019

R.I.P. dearJim. We are among so many who miss you.
Your Wonderful Family is a great testament to you and Liz.
Rest in Peace dear friend until we meet again.
Betty & Mike

Kathy and tom Chapla

April 9, 2019

Liz and family,,,you are all so blessed to have had Jim in your lives...a lovely man who will be missed by many.........Jim,,so glad that you and liz found each other so many years ago....with love and peace ,,,,,Kathy and Tom Chapla

Rita McGough

April 8, 2019

Such a wonderful and giving man. The stories he could tell. The would is missing a kind and generous man. Bless his family.
Love,
Gene and Rita Mc Gough

Alfred Faicco

April 7, 2019

Jim , I will always cherish the wonderful stories and conversations we have had thru the years. You have a wonderful family and your children are a testimony to how honest and sincere a man you were. May the Good Lord bless and protect you, Liz and your family forever.
Alfred Faicco

Missie Cicio

April 7, 2019

I babysat for LIz and Jim from the age of 13 on up. There were only 2 then, Pat and Dan. When they would see Jimmy the would jump on him as if he were a bouncy castle! I learned about love at The Burns house. Learned what a family truly could become.
Glad he’s at peace. Rest well buddy. 🥰

Enzo Villani

April 7, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a good and honest man. The Burns Family was always kind to me.

With blessings and love,
Enzo Villani

Sherry Faicco

April 7, 2019

Happy he is at peace. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by many. Steve and I always enjoyed his fabulous story’s. God Bless

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