David G. Burns, 91 of Lynnfield, died peacefully on Friday, July 22nd after a long and happy life.
He was born in Everett on May 18, 1931 to the late Dr. James F. Burns and Dorothy (O'Brien) Burns.
David graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, and Tufts University in Medford, class of 1953, where he was class president and captain of the wrestling team. He served in the Army during the Korean War working in communications and became adept at Morse code. He later earned his MBA at Northeastern University. David was an avid genealogist, history buff, photographer, and philately enthusiast. He collected classic American sheet music from the 1920s and sad irons from all over the US, and designed and constructed rock walls in the Irish tradition to sculpt his yard. David took an active role in Lynnfield civic life by serving several terms on the Personnel Board. He and his wife loved weekend exploring in New England and travelled many times with friends to Europe, where he always found an Irish pub to sing in. David had a long and rewarding career in Human Resources at a number of prominent corporations in the Boston area before transitioning to family owned and operated Grover Manor Hospital in Revere.
He is survived by his beloved wife Edith (Garofalo); brother Stephen and his wife Joan, and sister Dorothy; children Christopher and his wife Dawn Hoyt, Daniel, Gregg, Maura Kate and her husband Gavin Gillan, and Neil; four grandchildren and their spouses, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday, July 28th, 4-7pm. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield on Friday, July 29th, 10AM. Interment, Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to your local food pantry or charity of your choice.
Thursday, July 28
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McDonald Funeral Home
19 Yale Ave
Wakefield, MA 01880
Friday, July 29
St. Maria Goretti Church
112 Chestnut St.
Lynnfield, MA 01940