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Joseph F. Burns

Joseph F. Burns, 78, of Green Street, Ipswich, husband of the late Cynthia A. (Dowdell) Burns, died May 28, 2009 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following his extended illness.

Born in Ipswich March 3, 1931, he was the son of the late Joseph V. and Beatrice (Ward) Burns. He was raised in Ipswich and attended local public schools. He enlisted in the US Army and served with the Military Police in Germany and Japan during the Korean Conflict. Married in 1955 in St James Church in Salem, the Burns lived for many years on Wayne Avenue in Ipswich where they raised their family. He was employed as an Ipswich firefighter, a ladder truck chauffer, retiring in 1986 following thirty-two years of service to the town. For many years he was also employed part time as a heavy equipment operator for ABC Mulholland of Ipswich. He was a lifelong parishioner of St Joseph’s Church and Our Lady of Hope Parish in Ipswich, and a member of the American Legion Post 80, the Ipswich VFW Post 1093, and a Brother Knight with the Knights of Columbus Carrolton Council 498 in Ipswich. He was an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoyed all professional sports. In his spare time he enjoyed clamming and boating in Ipswich bay.

He is survived by daughters Kathryn O’Neil and her husband James, Jo-Ann Turner and her husband Jeffrey, and Mary Michaud and her husband Gary, all of Ipswich, grandchildren Aaron LaRochelle of Ipswich, Michael Turner and his wife Marisa of Las Vegas, NV, Teresa Belfiore and her husband Justin of Ipswich, Cori Michaud of Exeter, NH, Shannon O’Neil of Ipswich, Catherine Turner of Ipswich, Amanda Michaud of Ipswich, Jeanette Turner and her fiancé Thomas Tombarello, Jr of Haverhill and Patrick O’Neil of Ipswich, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, William Burns of Essex and his sister, Kathleen Lavoie of Ipswich, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late John Burns, formerly of Ipswich.

His funeral service will be held Tuesday 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a 9 am Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends respectfully welcomed. Interment with Army Honors will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 8 pm with a VFW service at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.


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