Burns, Richard

April 9th, 2011

Richard R. Burns Jr. “Coach”, of Billerica, formerly of Reading, age 55, passed away April 9, 2011 at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with malignant melanoma.

Loving husband of Suzanne M. (McGrath) Burns, devoted father and hero to Ian P. Burns, beloved son of Richard R. & Virginia (Hamilton) Burns of Lynnfield, dear brother of Susan Maroni & her husband Tom of North Reading, Michael Burns of Danvers, Judy Turrene & her husband Paul of Reading, and Peter Burns & his wife Kate of Wakefield, brother in-law of John & Patrice McGrath of Walpole, Marianne Howard of Woburn, Bryan McGrath of Agawam, James & Andrea McGrath of Ashburnham, and Paul & Anne McGrath of Ontario, Canada. Rich is also survived by 24 nieces and nephews, one great nephew and his great-niece “his sweetie pie” and will be sorely missed by his constant companion Clancy.

Rich coached the Merrimack Valley River Rats. He was a former hockey coach for Reading Youth Hockey, former director of the Learn to Skate and Learn to Play program with Reading Youth Hockey.

Family and Friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 12th at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Wood End Cemetery, Reading. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 11th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ian Burns Educational Fund, c/o Reading Cooperative Bank, 352 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Burns, Richard”

  1. Laura Asquith says:

    Suzane (and Ian),
    I am so sorry for your loss.. I know it’s bittersweet. Bitter because he’s gone, sweet because he isn’t suffering any more. I so glad that you two were with him and that his passing was a good one, dignified and peaceful.
    Again, I’m sorry and you’ve been min my thoughts and heart every day…

  2. Richard and Nancy Bean says:

    Suzanne and Ian,

    Dick and I are so sorry to hear about Rich’s death. He was so brave through the last couple of years. He had a wonderful family caring for him and a devoted wife in you and you son Ian.

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    Nancy and Dick

  3. Cheryl Garvey says:

    My deepest condolences to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you all, if there is anything I can do, I would be happy to I know how difficult it is. Richie you were such a kind, brave, wonderful man. You will be deeply missed but your memory will live on with each and every one of us everyday. Please watch over and protect us all. Rest in peace we love you. God bless you and all of your family.xoxo Love, Cheryl, Ashley and Andrew

  4. Sarah Berry says:

    My deepest sympathy to you Suzanne, Ian and Clancy. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Sarah

  5. The Killilea Family says:

    Dear Suzanne and Ian,
    You remain in our hearts and prayers.
    Please know that your family extends beyond the gene pool.
    Anything you need, just call.

    With heartfelt understanding and sympathy,
    Ann, Kate and Megan

  6. Joanne Sliney and Family says:

    Dear Suzanne and Ian so very sorry for your loss. May Rich rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Dave Griffin says:

    Dear Suzanne and Ian,
    Please accept my most heartfelt condolences for Rich’s passing. He was not only a wonderful human being, but an inspiration to us all as well.
    He is at peace now. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
    May God bless and watch over you and guide you during your difficult times.
    You and the entire Burns family are in my thoughts, prayers and heart. Dave

  8. Richelle and Kevin Wesley says:

    To Suzanne, Peter and the entire Burns Family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you strength and courage during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy, Richelle and Kevin

  9. Terry Sylvia says:

    To Ian, Dick, Mike and Sam, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Richie. I have very fond memories of coaching in Reading for the Learn to skate, learn to play, mites and squirts with Richie. We had a lot of fun together and he was always so wonderful with the kids! He will always be a shining light . I’m sad to lose such a great guy but while its our lose its Gods gain. He will continue to watch over all his loved ones from high above. We will miss you Richie.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Terry Sylvia

  10. Judy & Roger Currie says:

    To Ginny, Dick and family, we were so sorry to hear about Richie. Even though we have not seen you for many years, we have thought of you often. You are in our thoughts and prayers and wish you courage during this most difficult time. Judy and Roger Currie

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