It is with heavy hearts that we, the family of Raymond Joseph Burns, aged 61, announce his passing on November 16, 2023, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Raymond passed peacefully with his Michelle, at his side.
Born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Raymond is a husband, son, brother, uncle, friend and much-loved man in the community. Raymond is survived by the love of his life of 38 years, Michelle; his mother, Stella Burns (McNeil); the man he called Dad, Walter Servatiak; his sister Valerie (Linda), treasured nephew Jack Craig, aunts; Bettyanne (Pat) MacMillan and Lorraine Gardner; uncles; Joseph (Bernadette) McNeil and Mick (Heather) McNeil; Muriel Burns and Peggy Burns. Raymond is also loved and survived by his special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins, in the Wilton family, as well as friends and neighbours. Raymond is predeceased by his father, Joseph Burns, his brother, Francis and his beloved fur baby Katie Wilton Burns.
Raymond's big heart led him to a career in funeral directing, where he enjoyed being in service to his community. Raymond will be missed by all who knew him. He was a gentle soul who had time for anyone and everyone. He loved watching NASCAR, listening to KISS and cheering on the Montreal Canadiens. It was love at first sight when Raymond laid eyes on Katie, from that day on, Michelle had to share his heart with her.
Raymond made lots of friends and was very grateful for his care and laughs while staying at the Manor. Yes, even the Bruins & Leafs fans. He had a way with words, that kept us all in stitches.
On behalf of the family, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to each and everyone of you at Maple Hill Manor for your love, laughter, care and support, as well as the nurses and doctors in Emergency and the Intensive Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Cremation has taken place under the special care and direction of Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Details to follow.