William “Bill” J. Burns, Jr.
William “Bill” Joseph Burns, Jr. of Braintree, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 1, 2021, after a battle with cancer. He was 83. Beloved husband to Nancy (Kelly) Burns for 53 years. Loving father to William J. Burns, III of Boston, Kelly (Burns) Lessard and her husband Michael Lessard of Braintree. Amazing Papa to Nolan and Sean Lessard of Braintree.
Bill was born in Boston to William and Mary (Ellis) Burns (both deceased). He grew up in Boston (Roxbury, Billerica and Brighton) with his 9 brothers and sisters. Donna O’Donnell (deceased), Helen Zicko (deceased), Bobby Burns (his best friend), Maureen Bland, Kathy Burns, Jimmy Burns (deceased), Eileen Fahey and Michael Burns (deceased). He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, especially Larry Iarossi.
In 1955, Bill joined the Army. He later went on to learn the art of making dentures. He worked for many dentists through the years and then went on to have his own business, Burns Dental Lab. He took great pride in his profession and loved helping people smile again.
Bill and his family spent their early years in Quincy and then enjoyed many years living in Pembroke by the lake, boating, fishing and waterskiing with his kids and their friends. In recent years he and his wife moved to Braintree to be close to his grandkids.
He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke around. He loved to sing Sinatra and he was the life of the party at family events.
Bill loved the ocean. Being on his boat with his wife Nancy were his happiest days.
Services will be private, with a celebration of life by the ocean this summer for family and friends.
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