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 John J.
Born: 12/02/1946
Died: 02/14/2017
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John J. "Jack" Burns

John J.”Jack” Burns of Delaware, formerly of Jersey City, passed away while surrounded by his family on February 14, 2017. He was 70.
Born in Jersey City, Jack served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966 until 1972. Jack was a Deputy Chief of the Jersey City Fire Department retiring in 2002 after 33 years of Service. He was then the Coordinator for the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management retiring in 2013.  He was one of the original founders of the Jersey City Fireman’s Christmas Toy Drive and a Hudson Cradle fundraiser. He volunteered along with other members of JCFD in building a playground at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind. Jack loved to travel and traversed the globe with his children and beloved wife Maureen.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Maureen (nee O’Day) his adoring children, Meredith Burns and Jon Eric Burns and their respective spouses Michael Costanzo and Erin Brinew as well as his children's mother, Patricia Von Ahn; his shining-star granddaughter Riley Burns; brother Brian Burns; sister Daryl Burns Cutillo; brothers-in-law Jimmy and Brian O’Day; sisters-in-law Kathy Burns and Cathy O’Day, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be at McLaughlin Funeral Home on Friday February 17 from 4pm-9pm.  Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral home on Saturday, February 18, 2016 at 10:30am for a funeral Service.  Cremation will follow at Garden State Crematory.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jack’s memory to the JCFD Captain Mark V. Lee, Sr. Christmas Toy Drive, 465 Marin Blvd. Jersey City, NJ 07302 and to United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County, 721 Broadway, Bayonne NJ 07002 ATTN: Reggie
 
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Many wonderful memories with the family. Most memorable was trip to the Grand Canyon with the Killeen/Burns Family as we hiked the Grand Canyon and spent a fun family filled adventure on a houseboat on Lake Powell and then on to Vegas where the temp was 115 degrees and Jack said he fought fires that weren't that hot :) I will miss you dear brother-in-law. Love and prayers to Maureen, Jon, Meredith and the entire family.
Julie Killeen
I met Jack at the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg Maryland. I had just promoted to Captain and Jack took me under his wing and built my confidence up by treating me as an equal. He was a firefighters chief and I could see why people respected him. He was as sharp as anyone I have ever met in the Fire Service and was willing to share his knowledge any time. He welcomed 5 of us firemen from all over the south into his home and showed us his city New York and was the most gracious host I have ever known. You will be missed Jack but never forgotten. Maureen you and all of Jack's family are in my prayers.
Tim Weaver
Jack always had great stories and made great conversation. I truely enjoyed knowing him. A fond memory I have is sitting in an outdoor German biergarten with Jack, Moe and Jon just enjoying life and travel. Jack you will be dearly missed. We will make sure Riley knows about the man you were.
Erin B.
I grew up in Jersey City with Jack, going all the way back to St. Nick's. I remember that Jack wanted to be a priest but that didn't work out so he joined the Army. Two things I recall, hopefully accurately. I believe he was initially assigned to a recruiting station in California, a cushy position. With the war in Vietnam going strong, he wanted to get into the action, so, as I understand it, he volunteered for service in Vietnam. Another specific thing that I recall is after the Army when he became a fireman. He was assigned to firehouse No. 3 on the corner of Central Ave and Ferry Street in the Heights. At that time the Heights was pretty safe and not much was going on. So, he put in for a transfer to downtown, which had a lot of crime, and of course, fires. Just like when he volunteered for Vietnam, he wanted to be where the action was, to help people. Although I have not seen Jack for years, I will always remember him and the integrity and principles that obviously governed his whole life. His friend, Bob
Bob Rodrick
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