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Stephen E. Burns

October 6, 1961 — September 29, 2018

Stephen E. Burns, age 56, passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 6, 1961, he was the son of Edward G. and Patricia (Ellis) Burns. He was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts, graduating from Walpole High School with the Class of 1980. After graduation, Stephen began his career in carpentry working for local construction companies.

Stephen married his beloved wife of 31 years, Donna O. Slezas, on June 6, 1987 in Saint George's Roman Catholic Church in Norwood. The young couple made their home together in Norwood and Stephen took a position with the Carpenter's Union, Local 33, in Boston. He and Donna settled in Norfolk, Massachusetts in 1990, where after a tragic construction accident that ended his career, Stephen took an active role in caring for and raising his children.

Stephen loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and as he got older, he moved into four wheels, purchasing a Ford Mustang that he took great pride in. As a lifelong carpenter, Stephen was always ready to help his family and friends with any projects that came up and ensured his own home and yard were well cared for. He loved spending time with his dogs, first Harley and most recently Charlotte, who was always by his side. More than anything, Stephen was a dedicated family man, who loved taking care of his wife and children.

Beloved husband of Donna O. (Danute Dana Slezas) Burns.
Loving father of Kathleen Burns of Vienna, Austria, Edward Burns of Attleboro, Victoria Burns of Norfolk, and Olivia Burns of Seekonk.
Devoted son of Patricia (Ellis) Burns and the late Edward G. Burns.
Brother of William Burns of Norwood, David Burns and his wife Lori of Mansfield, Paula Burns of Walpole, Christine Doyle and her husband Michael of Foxborough, and Patricia Kaplan and her husband David of Maine.
Also survived by his aunts, Anne Burns of Jamaica Plain, Donna Lindblom and her husband Dan of Dedham, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Stephen's Life Celebration on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 4 to 8 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. Funeral service and interment will be private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at the Joslin Clinic, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

  • Life Celebration

    Thursday, October 04
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    James H. Delaney and Son Funeral Home

    48 Common Street
    Walpole, MA
    (508) 668-1960

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