James J. Burns

James J. Burns

SOUTHBURY — James J. Burns, husband of Carol Mc Eneaney Burns, died on Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Jim was born on April 27, 1933, the son of the late John H. and Alice Lavery Burns. He attended St. Margaret’s Grammar School, Sacred Heart High School and was a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

Following his service in the Army, Jim went to work for Rafferty Brown Steel Co., now Coils Plus, for 47 years, retiring as vice president of sales. Until recently, he worked part time at Lyons Slitting.

Jim was an avid sports fan, the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants, in particular. He was a member of the Watertown Golf Club and the Country Club of Waterbury and golfed at various courses through the years. In addition, he was an avid reader and enjoyed music and travel. He loved the company of family and friends.

Jim’s Catholic faith was the bedrock of his life. While in Prospect, he attended St. Anthony’s Church and contributed to its CYO program. He was a weekly presence at MiddSouth Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Church in Southbury, greeting parishioners and ushering.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carol and daughters, Karen Wappler and Susan Vitone, as well as grandchildren, Jessica, Kasey and Nicholas and his wife, Tiffany. He is also survived by his brother, Edward; sisters, Mary Alice Massaro and her husband, Danny, and Anne Sweeney; brother-in-law, Edward Cooney and his wife, Peggy, as well as many nieces and nephews.

James was pre-deceased by Margaret Cooney Burns, his first wife, as well as his brother, John and his wife, Joan; his brother-in-law, Timothy Sweeney, and his sister-in-law, Eileen Burns.

A funeral mass took place Wednesday, September 7, at Sacred Heart Church, Southbury. Burial followed at Pine Hill Cemetery, Southbury.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Jim’s memory, contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Mission of Waterbury, Inc., P.O. Box 1612, Waterbury 06721.

To leave an online condolence for Jim’s family, visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.

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