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Gary Burns

April 16, 1952 ~ January 9, 2018 (age 65)
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Gary Alan Burns, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on January 9th, at his home in Lakeland Florida. He was born in Colchester, Vermont on April 16th, 1952, the son of Rita F. Burns of Essex Junction and the late Kenneth E. Burns. He graduated from Essex Junction High School in 1970.

Gary worked for many years in the auto parts industry in Essex Junction. He truly enjoyed his work with Essex Auto Supply, Partstown Essex, and Federated Auto. Many of his customers went on to become some of Gary’s greatest friends.

Gary is survived by his son, Gary Burns Jr., of New Orleans, Louisiana and his daughter, Shannon Burns of Oakwood, Illinois. He is also survived by one grandson, Damien Burns of Oakwood, Illinois. Gary leaves his mother Rita Burns of Essex Junction, his sister Kathy (Carolin) and her husband John, of Colchester, his brother Jeff of Shelburne, and his brother Dan and his wife Suzanne, of Jericho, Vermont. He is also survived by his partner of many years, Donna O'Connor of Colchester. Gary was predeceased by his brother, David, in 2012.

After retirement, Gary decided he was tired of the Vermont winters and split his time between his summer residence in Colchester, Vermont and his winter residence in Lakeland, Florida. Wherever Gary was, he continued to make many friends and enjoyed spending time and sharing stories with all of them.

Always an avid motorcyclist, some of Gary’s happiest times were touring the countryside on two wheels.

Gary was also actively involved with the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in June of 2018. The family invites you to share your memories and online condolences by visiting


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