Elmer Merrill Burns
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Of Newton, Massachusetts passed away in the comforts of his home on June 28, 2020 at the age of 93.
After several months of declining health, Elmer died peacefully with his beloved family at his side.
Elmer was born in Waltham on July 13, 1926 to the late William and Melvina (Waddell) Burns. He was the youngest of four children.
After graduating from Waltham High School in 1943, Elmer enlisted in the United States Navy and was
stationed in China. Elmer was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Returning to the United States, Elmer worked for United Carr Corporation in Newton, which was eventually TRW purchased by Northrop Grummar. Elmer was a much loved employee and retired after 40 years of service.
In addition, Elmer opened his own lawn service company to support his growing family.
After retirement Elmer kept busy by walking and talking to his many neighbors or spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Elmer was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Rosemary (Monahan) Burns; and his adored son Scott Andrew.
Elmer is survived by his children Mark Burns, Melissa Greenwell, Michael Burns, Kevin Burns (Maryellen), Ellen Murphy (Brian), Brian Burns (Linda), and Christopher Burns (Jacqueline); 15 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.
For the safety of those we love and care about during this difficult time, and for those who wish to pay their respects to Elmer and his family; you can do so in accordance with CDC, Federal and State guidelines in the Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial, 773 Moody Street, Waltham, MA., on Thursday morning July 2nd from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service celebrating his life at 12 p.m. Burial with United States Navy Military Honors will follow at Newton Cemetery.
For those who can not be present you may view the service live streamed by going to harborviewvideo.com/brasco
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in Elmer's memory to the Disabled American Veterans
State House, Room 546, Boston, MA 02133 or by going to www.davma.org/donate-now