Joseph V. Burns, 91, Newton Firefighter For 34 Years and World War II Veteran

FRAMINGHAM – Joseph V. Burns, 91, of Framingham formerly of Newton, died Friday, June 8, 2018 following a lengthy illness.

Born in Newton he was the son of the late Robert J. & Margaret (Drennan) Burns.

Raised and educated in Newton, he was a graduate of Our Lady’s High School, and went on to proudly serve his country in the Army during WWII.

Upon his return he became a member of the Newton Fire Deptartment, retiring after a 34-year career.

He moved to Framingham in 1971.

Always a hard worker, he was very handy, and always working in the yard. He enjoyed playing golf and watching a good boxing match.

Burns was an avid Red Sox and Bruins fan.

A dedicated family man especially to his wife, Dorothy E. (Condon) who survives him, his children, James O’Brien of Franklin, William O’Brien of Framingham, Jo-Anne Thomas of Framingham, and Kevin O’Brien of Framingham, his grandchildren, Erin Siems, Kimberly Florian, and Joseph Thomas, 6 great grandchildren, his siblings, Gael Burns and Nancy Lane, and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by 6 siblings.

Family and friends will honor and remember his life at a later date to be announced.

Arrangements by the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home of Framingham.

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Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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