William McKenzie (Bill) Burns

(Aug. 24, 1922 – Mar. 30, 2013)

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing William McKenzie (Bill) Burns, a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Bill passed away peacefully on March 30, 2013 while surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary, his children Chris Burns (Judy) and Wendy Gilchrist, grandchildren Lisa Ayers, Kimberly Downey (Darren), Nicole Nicholls, Spence Gilchrist (Ashley), Kayla Gilchrist, and Matthew Burns (Kerri-Lynn), and great-grandchildren Brett Stuart-Ayers, Kyle Galigan, Hunter and Makenna Nicholls, Emma, Abby and Lily Downey, Rhys, Grayson and Cohen Gilchrist, and William Burns. He is also survived by his sisters Mildred Dent, Jacquie Campbell (Bruce), and Elaine Nagy.

Bill was born in Regina on August 24, 1922 to John and Sadie Burns. Mary and Bill were married on April 26, 1943 and moved to Vernon in 1950 where they have resided ever since.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Gateby Care Centre for the care shown over the past 18 months and to the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for the compassion shown during Bill’s final days.

Funeral mass will take place on Monday, April 8, at 11:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Vernon. Pleasant Valley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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