DAVID FOWLE BURNES
April 29, 2023
David’s Funeral Mass will be Live-Streamed VIA St. Charles Church
DAVID F. BURNES. – a lifelong resident of Woburn, April 29th, 2023. Beloved husband of Barbara A. Budrow Burnes and the late Elizabeth Burnes. Devoted father of Donald L. Burnes, his wife Gloria Moriarty-Burnes of CA and Susan E. Burnes of Maryland. Dear brother of Richard Burnes, his wife Jan of Bedford and the late Barbara Boyle. Cherished Grandpa of Boswell, Apollonia, her fiancé Orel, Giovanni and Brazton Burnes, Davy and Juliana Bahan. Adored great-grandpa of Luca. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the wake, Thursday evening 4-7 p.m at Lynch-Cantillon, 263 Main Street, Woburn. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 5th at 10 a.m. It will be open to relatives and friends. Burial at the cemetery is private, for family members only. In lieu of flowers , remembrances may be made to honor David to the New England Home for the Deaf, 154 Water Street, Danvers, MA 01923, The Deaf Catholic Apostolate, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184, or the Dementia Society of America PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.
David F. Burnes, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 29th, with his beloved wife and close family friend, Colleen Shaw at his side. The loving husband of Barbara Budrow Burnes, he was eighty-seven years of age.
Born in Woburn, David was son of the late Harold and Ruth (Fowle) Burnes. Raised in Woburn, David attended The Horace Mann School for the Deaf, where he graduated from in 1953. Following that, he attended Medford Vocational High School in 1956. David then went on to Wentworth Institute, where he studied Architectural Design, which was his focus and profession for over the next thirty-two years. Upon his retirement from architecture, he then became a “Handy-Man” where he was extremely busy for the next decade.
David had married Elizabeth Hambro in 1959, and brought a son and a daughter into the world, of whom he was so proud of. Over the next forty-one years they focused on their children and were most attentive to all their happenings! They enjoyed time spent camping and then at their vacation home in Laconia, NH where they created many memories throughout all seasons. Long Beach in Gloucester held a special place for him which he spent most of his childhood summer times there. Beaches at Cape Ann and Lake Winnipesaukee have always held a special place in their hearts.
In 2003 David married Barbara Budrow, and they have been devoted to each other for over the last twenty years. Their itinerary over the years included but not limited to travelling! Alaska, Aruba, Canada, Jamaica, Ireland, Iceland and cruises on the Caribbean to name a few. He was an avid Boston Sport fan that wore Boston sport attire, including a cap on almost everyday, especially of Patriots during his travels and at home. No matter what the season, David was very proud of all his Boston teams, and being a Bostonian. David, along with Barbara were loyal to participating in Bingo events at the New England Home for the Deaf on a regular basis with the North Shore Deaf Seniors and Friends of the Home throughout 17 years!
David was also very active throughout the deaf community throughout his years. He was actively involved in deaf clubs with softball and basketball in his younger years. He was a member of the Massachusetts Outdoor Deaf Club. He served on the Board of Trustees for the “Friends of the Home”, the North Shore Deaf Seniors and the South Shore Deaf Senior Groups. He was proud of being active in sports and being handy, building an expansion of his home, including adding a porch and a shed. He loved working with his hands and tending to his garden. He enjoyed going to the gym with Barbara, staying healthy. He also enjoyed bowling, which was something he did for over twenty five years having received the “Hall of Fame Bowler Award ”, which was through the New England States Deaf Bowlers Association.
A wonderfully kind man, David enjoyed being with his family. When his grandchildren were around calling him “Grandpa” he lit up and was quite invested in his time spent with them. He reached out in many different ways and directions, with people. Always a kid at heart, David had everyone’s best interest at heart throughout his life.
A very easy going, kind and gentle man, has truly left this world a much better place for everyone, who had the pleasure of sharing life with him.
Beloved husband of Barbara Budrow Burnes and the late Elizabeth Burnes. Devoted father of Donald L. Burnes, his wife Gloria Moriarty-Burnes of CA, Sue E. Burnes of Maryland and dear father in law of Ben Bahan. Dear brother of Richard Burnes, his wife Jan of Bedford and the late Barbara Boyle. Cherished Grandpa of Boswell, Apollonia, her fiancé Orel, Giovanni and Brazton Burnes, Davy and Juliana Bahan. Adored great-grandpa of Luca.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the wake, Thursday evening 4-7 p.m at Lynch-Cantillon, 263 Main Street, Woburn. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 5th at 10 a.m. It will be open to relatives and friends. Burial at the cemetery is private, for family members only. In lieu of flowers , remembrances may be made to honor David to the New England Home for the Deaf, 154 Water Street, Danvers, MA 01923, The Deaf Catholic Apostolate, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184, or the Dementia Society of America PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.
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We are so sorry for your father’s passing. He was such a sweet and friendly fellow.
My heart goes to you and your family
Dave is a definitely deaf Worburn legend
What a great life he lived ❤️
We have such fond memories of fun times with Dave who was kind and always had that big warm, smile. Deepest sympathies from our family to yours.
So sorry for your loss. I remember him as a gentleman who gave me the time of the day whenever I visited Clarke school. He will be missed.
My heart goes out to you and your family on the loss of your dear husband. Dave was one of the most generous and kind-hearted souls I ever met, and I’ll never forget him.
I know David Burnes deaf bingo he laugh and spirit he good man
He alway say I love my wife ! I miss him he gone
Prayer ur family and Barbara too hugs 🤟
What a good life he lived. I am so very sorry for your loss.
I know this is a difficult time, but my thoughts are with you and your family as you grieve. Although Dave is not around, his soul is still around!
My heart goes out to you and your family
Dave was a wonderful man. He loved my cousin Barbara with his whole heart. They were a very happy couple. They have many memories of trips and fun with their friends. Whenever I would go to visit, he was always charming, funny and his love for Barbara was in his eyes at all times. I will miss him and want him to know that I will always be there for his Barbara.
Dave was a good neighbor to the Vozzella’s @ 6 Park Drive for the last 60 yrs. They always watched over my parents as my parents did for Dave- Betty and Barbara, they always had each others back. We will miss Dave and his good hearted nature and bright smile for sure.
Rest in peace our good friend,
Dave’s kindness and friendliness and knowledge are to be missed. May he rest in peace.
Dave was such a thoughtful, pleasant person. Sorry that he passed away, but he is now resting in peace. May special memories of Dave help you as time goes on.
His charisma will always shine to all of us. He will he missed, but not forgotten. He is in good place. 🙏🤟
Curious Dave was a sweet and friendly man, always up to knowing how I am and as of late, what I’m doing! I’ll definitely miss his silly antics especially the ”famous hip swing” and some others he’d do at Deaf Bingo times! His playful spirit will be missed!
My deepest condolences for your loss. I received with great sadness the news of the death of your husband, David. He is in a better place now. The Scripture says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain. All the old ways are gone.” –Revelation 21:4
May his soul rest in peace.
Mr. Burnes was such a pleasant neighbor. Sending condolences to his entire family.
Your presence in our life will be missed. We love being around you
He was always smiling and was such an energetic, enthusiastic man. Hoping the wonderful memories of him help you through this difficult time. Gone but not forgotten❤️
Will miss your famous hip swing during vp chats. May you rest in peace
Whenever we meet in social events we would talk about architecture along with Francis Botti. May he rest happily in peace!
I am so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. May the special memories you made together help you through this difficult time.
I have such fond memories of David from my childhood. May his memory be a blessing to his loved ones. Thinking of the family
I am very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of David from while I was growing up. Thinking of the family during this difficult time.
I will certainly miss his smiling face!
Dad, I love you ❤️
Dave was a gear man and a wonderful warm hearted human being. Whenever we got together it was always fun. May he rest in peace