Jean Frances Burnie
July 24, 1927 – January 30, 2018
Jean F. (Cullen) Burnie of Harwich, formerly of Chatham and Stoughton, died on Jan. 30, 2018 at age 90, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Ben Burnie. Mother of the late Jack Burnie and his wife Sylvia, David and his wife Roxanne, Kathleen and her late husband Eric Calder, Jean and her husband Brian Murphy, Richard and his wife Susan. Daughter of John and Mary Cullen. Sister of Margaret Kourafas and James Cullen. Predeceased by her brothers George, Herbert, William, John, and Thomas Cullen and her sisters Lillian Crowell, Grace Cutter, Rita Geary, Esther O’Donnell, and Helen and Alice Cullen. Jean is also survived by many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours are on Tuesday, February 6 from 5-8 p.m. at Doane, Beal, and Ames Funeral Home, 260 Main St. (Rt. 28), West Harwich. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main St., West Harwich.
- Visitation Tuesday, February 6, 2018
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 7, 2018
- Committal Service Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Jean Frances Burnie
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February 6, 2018
Living across the street for so many years, we were all like one family.
Remembering all the holiday parties. What fun we had. Best memory was sitting on Jean's front steps waiting for the kids to come home from school. Jean could tell if any of the boys got in trouble in school, just by looking at their faces. She told them that she had eyes in the back of her head. We moved to the Cape because of Jean and Ben. Jean was a wonderful friend to me and I will always remember her.
Sending our condolences to the Burnie family from Shirley and Mel. Sorry that we can't be with you.
Shirley and Mel Barer
February 6, 2018
I first met Jean 25 years ago when I was a brand new nurse working with Kathy. Jean was a patient then, and we bonded over a hilarious moment. We were taking about her husband and I asked her if he liked to be called Dick. She said that he was known as Ben. I innocently said to her that he looked more like a Dick. We both laughed hysterically, and to this day, we joke about that. It never failed to make her laugh. She was always a warm, gracious person who always make me feel welcome with her smile, conversation and lots of food! She was tough and raised her kids to have the same qualities...kindness, generosity, and integrity. I am lucky to have known such a wonderfully unique person. I will miss her.
February 6, 2018
TO MY COUSINS, I HAVE TRIED TWICE TO WRITE ABOUT MY GREAT MEMORIES OF MY AUNT JEAN AND UNCLE BEN AND LOSTTHEM BOTH TIMES TO THIS STUPID ELECTRONIC MACHINE. PEASE, ALL OF YOU,RICH,DAVE,JEAN,JACK,AND KATHY JUST KNOW, I ALWAYS LOVED ALL YOU BURNIES AND ENJOYED ANY AND ALL TIMES SPENT IN YOUR COMPANY.
I MISS BEN, JACK, AND JEAN. AND WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FORHAVING YOU ALL IN OUR FAMILIES. THANKYOU. LOVE Y'ALL. RICHIE SWIFT AND FAMILIES.
February 3, 2018
I recall my childhood very well, my days in highschool and my early days as a young husband and a new dad. I know that every move you ever made was made out of love and devotion. You were the unofficial shop steward for both the Burnie and the Cullen family's. I remember cousins calling or dropping by and you helping solve their problems.We came to dad with union issues and to you for most all other advise. Your taking my young wife under your wing and treating her like your own daughter came easy, You taught every one not to cross the picket line but to stretch it WAY out if necessary. We all knew Dad was a tough and compassionate man, my guess is he learned it from you, we also learned it from you. I trust we will pass on to our children and grandchildren your love, your compassion, toughness and your faith. Thank you for being you.
Jean Burnie Murphy
February 2, 2018
Small and mighty.
Surrounded by friends and family.
She loved shopping and lunches out.
I think she joined that women's health club years ago only because it was near Marshalls and her favorite deli.
She would make your favorite dish again and again, until it no longer was.
Don't get me going about the Cadbury Eggs.
There was always someone at the kitchen table with her, chatting and having coffee.
Weekends and summers in Chatham among the Cullen clan. She loved being around her siblings, nieces, and nephews. She was a favorite aunt to many.
Weekly appointments at the hairdresser. Dinners with Dad at Vin & Eddies. A black dress with a leopard print collar.
Shovels? Who needs one when spoons will do just as well to dig up dirt in the yard. Ask any of her children or grandchildren.
She didn't like heat or humidity. On sweltering summer nights there was a good chance we would make an impromptu trip to the pond in Plymouth or the house in Chatham.
She hated cats but took both of mine because I couldn't bring them to my next apartment. It was my tears that sealed the deal.
She loved her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. In her last days, when there was little to smile about, the children would bring a smile to her face. Kathy's antics sometimes worked magic too.
She always had my back.
I always felt loved.
February 2, 2018
I could not have had a better mother-in-law if I had hand picked Jean Burnie myself. From day one I was loved and treated like I was one of Mom's own children. She was always so supportive and caring about every aspect of our lives. No matter what you needed, whether it was money, babysitting, or someone to talk to, she was there. I miss our shopping dates, lunches at Woolworth's and Grants Stores, when I didn't have 2 nickels to rub together, but she always found $5.00 for us to get a sandwich. I remember our great times at Ridgevale Beach with Mom and my boys, and most of the Cullen family as we took up half the beach. I cherish the memories of our time at the cottage in Chatham. Having Mom and Dad live with us the last 18 years was special, and at times quite humorous, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I will especially miss Mom's smile and the way she lit up when she saw her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Thank you Mom for being you and for loving us all so much. I love you and will never forget you. Love, Roxanne❤
Kathy Burnie Calder
February 1, 2018
My Mom raised her five kids in Stoughton with my Dad. The front door was always open to our friends and family always knew they didn't have to call before coming by the house. My mom loved being in the middle of family and often the center of attention. The back yard in Stoughton was often full of neighborhood kids. In the pool or playing baseball or football there was a lot of activity on Donahue Way. She would often pull in from Roxies, the local grocery store, and all the kids in the neighborhood would come running to help her unload the trunk. They always knew there would be some kind of good treat to be handed out after they helped. Christopher Locantore was often on the sweet end of sucking up to my mom. In the summers she was surrounded by her sisters and their children as well as her brothers and their kids. Growing up on Ridgeville beach was something very special My Nana Cullen, my mother's mother raised her kids on Ridgeville beach. My mom raised her kids on the beach and we raised our's on that beach. I often describe my mother as pulling up to Ridgeville beach parking lot in a large Caddy with a Parlement cigarette in her hand and
her teased out 1970s blonde hair. The doors would open and what seemed like the clown car spilling out a zillion kids, each with a dollar in their hand and running into the beach store. Feeding the ducks with old bread at Wychmere Harbor in Harwich. There was often a trip to the jumpy jumpy's or the go-carts. And the best way to top off the day with my mother and my father was a trip to Dairy Queen. Labor day that was always a major blowout party on Bonnies Lane that involved a lot of food and a lot of music thanks to my Aunt Rosie and her guitar and amplifier. You will be missed Mom by everyone that you touched in your 90 years. You lived a good long and happy life. Love you and miss you.
February 1, 2018
Richie, David, Jean-Marie, Kathy and families, my heart is full of sadness for the loss of your mother, grandmother & great-grandmother. She will always be remembered as a beautiful & wonderful woman I got to know in my younger years. I pray all those loving memories you created with her will guide and comfort your hearts through this very difficult time.
My love, thoughts & prayers will always be with each of you,
The Staff of Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home
January 30, 2018
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.