Ronald Chester “Ronnie” Burns (1944-2018) of Mill Village passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital on 28 December 2018 with family by his side.
Ron was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia and grew up in Eagle Head, Nova Scotia. He was the son of Chester and Elizabeth Burns and brother to Jean and Heather.
His love of softball started early and many hours were spent on the ball field in Port Medway. He enjoyed spending time with his grandparents, Muriel and Maurice Clattenburg, in Port Medway and this is where he met his future wife Barbara. Little Grammie Burns lived with Chester and Elizabeth and Ron loved to pick on her by finishing her puzzles and sneaking up to untie her apron strings. At sixteen years old, he purchased his first car for a whopping $400. As stories go, he loved to speed along dirt roads and evade law enforcement with some fancy driving maneuvers. (a trait that his daughter Tiffany shares).
In the early 1960s, Ron travelled to Cape Breton to study carpentry at trade school. After his graduation, he worked in Halifax and also helped construct the nurses residence at Queens General Hospital in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
Ron and Barb married in 1965 and would go on to have two children, Jeffrey and Tiffany. By this time, Ron was working at Bowater Mersey Paper Company where he worked until his retirement in the year 2000.
Ron’s interests were varied. In hunting season you would find him in West Caledonia with his cousin Spencer Bagley. After his retirement, many hours were spent on Ponhook Lake with his brother-in-law, Charlie Wentzell. We are not sure which was larger, the fish or the stories of the fish. He also loved a good game of cards and could often be found playing in card tournaments with his good friend Truman Baker.
Ron was very active in his community as a volunteer fireman for the Mill Village and District Fire Department, with over 35 years of service. He was an avid ball player and a member of the Liverpool Bowling League. When he finally hung up his ball glove, he went on to coach for Jeff’s softball team.
He is survived by his wife Barbara (nee Stevens), son Jeffrey (Tina), daughter Tiffany (Scott), sisters Jean (Charlie) Wentzell and Heather (Kevin) Morrison and many, many nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Chester and Elizabeth Burns.
Ron requested no funeral or visitation and the family is honouring his wishes. A celebration of Ronnie’s life will be held Saturday January 5th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mill Village and District Fire Hall to share stories and memories.
The family would like to express special thanks to Doctors Burrill, Blackadar and Woodford and the staff at Queens General Hospital for their care, compassion and support during Ron’s illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mill Village and District Fire Department or the Queens General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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John & Peggy Whynot
We are so very sorry to hear of Ronnie”s passing. We are thinking of all of you, his family, with heartfelt sympathy at this most sad and difficult time.
So sorry For your loss Barb andfamily.May he be RIP ..Barb I’m here for you,if I can help you in anyway or just to talk.God be with you on the road ahead.
Dear Barb and Family: Maurice and I send our deepest love and sympathy to you all. Ronnie vvill greatly missed. God Bless you all and keep you in His tender care.
My deepest condolences to the whole family. I will miss seeing Ronnie around the village. He was a good neighbor and I always enjoyed our chats. His service to his community will be missed as well. Take care of each other in the difficult days ahead. Hugs
Clark , Sandra Hebb
To the family of Ronnie Burnes. Sorry for you’re loss , our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow
Francis & Peggy Payzant
Dear Barb & Family,
Francis & I Are Both Shocked To See That Ronnie Has Passed Away So Quickly. We Are In New Glasgow Right Now For Francis Brother’s (Junior’s) Funeral. Francis Was Planning On Going Up To See Ronnie When We Got Back Home!! Ronnie Always Liked To Tease People, It Was One Of His Traits. He Always Knew You No Matter Were You Were. Francis Always Came Up Stairs To Tell Me That Ronnie Said To say Hi To Peggy. We Had Some Good Times At Tim Horton’s Awhile Back. Please Except Our Deepest Sympathy. Ronnie Is Now At Peace And Free From Pain. God Bless You All At This Most Difficult Time In Your Lives. Francis Will Miss Him Coming In For A Hair Cut And Their Chats!!!!
Donna and Kirk Whynot
Jeff and family, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, will miss seeing him at the hockey games and our little chats. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. RIP Ronnie
Reg and Glenda
Thinking about your family Barb, Ron was a good friend and will be missed by many
We are sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Your family has been a long time neighbour to my family and Ronnie often reported lights that didn’t get turned off, sold many a ticket at the door and helped with Poopy the dog for bathroom breaks.
Karen, Vic and Poppy.
Barbara and family sorry to hear about Ronnie He never failed to poke me in the ribs once he found the spot to make me yell I’m sure everyone has a story to tell Thinking of you
David and Helen Whynacht
Barbara, Jeffery and Tiffany, we are so very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. he was a very good neighbour and he loved to carry on with folks. if there is anything we can do for you folks, just let us know. Rest In peace ,Ronnie……
Darlene & John Chandler
Dear Barbara and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers for strength at this difficult time ❤
Dear Barb Jeff Tiffany so sorry for your loss our thoughts are with you, enjoyed our years on the ball field and our chats at Tim’s, he will be missed by many. Randy and Valerie Crouse.
Chris and Patty Evans
My sincere condolences to Ronnie’s family at this difficult time. I enjoyed my talks with Ronnie at the garage. He would always stop to say hello. RIP
worked with him on storage in the basement good guy…sorry for your loss
Aunt Barbara, Jeff, and Tiffany,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time especially.
I will always remember my hugs from Uncle Ronny, his beaming smile and him saying “Hello Dear, it so good to see you!” and we would have our catch up chat.
Our love to you all.
Sharon & Philip Thorbourne
So sorry to hear of Ronnie passing, cherish your memories
Linda and wade Hatt
So sorry to hear of your loss condolence,s to the family
Peggyand Richard Hatt
Dear Barbara , Richard and I would like to extend our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband . We will all surely miss him around the Garage ..Sending our prayers to give you strength in the days ahead .Sincerely Peggy and Richard
Keith and virginia Hubley
So sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing, we have known him since you have…ups and downs but mainly ups.A lot of laughs.Anything at all that we can do please do not hesitate to call us.Your family is your rocks right now and you all are so close!!1Hugs
My sincere condolences to the Family.
Bernie & Betty Conrad
Betty and Bernard Conrad
So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this difficult time.
Roger Margaret Leslie
Barbara So Sorry For Your Loss He Will Be Missed By A lot Of Us
Heather and John Stevens
Aunt Barbara, Tiffany and Jeff,
We were so shocked to hear about Uncle Ronnie’s illness, and can’t believe he is gone. He always had a great story to tell, and when he got with Jimmy, those stories became epic tales. The kids have memories of him at the Family Christmas Potlucks, always blocking the hatch and teasing them. You are in our thoughts and prayers. His spirit will live on through your memories, and now he is free from pain.
Love to you all,
Heather, John and the kids
Manson and Nancy White
Dear Barb and Family.
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time. PEACE BE WITH YOU.
Dear Barb and family. So sorry for your loss. Ron will be missed in the community as well. Take comfort in great memories.
Ruth Anne Zwicker
Barb,Tiffany and Jeff
Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Ronnie gave much to his community over the years and will be missed. Sending sincere condolences. Take care.
Ruth Anne Zwicker and Kevin Cole.
Terry & Carol Whynott
Our deepest condolences to the whole family
Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett
We are very Sorry to read that Ronnie has passed away. Keep. but Share Your Memories with one another during this difficult time. Sincerely, Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett.
My sincere condolences to all Ronnie’s family
Chester Whynot and Nancy Parkhill
Our condolences on Ron’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
To Barb and Family: So sorry to hear of Ronnies passing. Thinking of you all. Susan Dean
Arthur and Marion Clattenburg
So sorry for the family’s loss. Deepest condolences to all.
Tiffany and family, sorry to hear of your father’s passing.
Larry & Grace Stevens
Dear Barb, Jeffrey and Tiffany,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the passing of Ronnie, a dear husband and father. He will be missed. Someday the comfort of lovely memories will take the place of the sadness you feel now.
Love and sympathy to all.
Leo (Sam) Sampson
To the family of the late Ronnie Burns.
From Sam and Carole Sampson
Please know that our thoughts and prayers go with you at this difficult time.
My deepest condolences to Barb, Tiffany, Jeff and family & friends … sending you prayers & thoughts during this difficult time .. may your memories hold him close to your heart and for his spirit to live on within all who knew him … Know he will always be with you.
Walter and Sherri Miller
To Barb,Jeff,Tiffany,Jean and Heather:
We were so sorry to read of Ron’s passing.Have known him for a very long time and he was always the same whenever we met(many times lately at the garage in the Village.Our condolences to you all at this very difficult time.Our thoughs are with you all.
Norman and Bonnie
Dear Barbara and family:
Please accept our sincere condolences at this sad time. Please know that we are just across the brook if we can help in any way. We will miss our chats with Ronnie and as a member of this community.
Hugs, Bonnie and Norman
Sorry to hear about Ron. Worked with him at Bowaters. ,R.I.P.
Bernie and Margaret Swain
Dear Barbara and family:
We are saddened to learn of your loss and send our sincere condolences. Ron was a fixture around the village, chatting amiably to everyone he met, including ourselves. We always enjoyed those chats and will miss him.
Barbara and family, I am so very sorry to hear Ronnie passed on. He was a nice man and will miss seeing his smile and friendly hello.
Terri Longmire (nee Huskins)
Jeff and family:
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Keep all of your wonderful memories close to your heart and they will help you get through this difgicult time. Rest in peace
My condolences on the passing of Ronnie. May he rest in peace.
sorry to hear about ronnie spent a lot of hours loading trucks with him in basement of mill
Barb and family. So very sorry to hear of Rons passing. He and Doug have joined another team together. We will miss both so much. Love and hugs to you and the family
Sheila & Larry Lowe
Barbara,we were so sorry to hear this news, hope you and the children make out ok in the future.
TO BARB AND FAMILY SENDING MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES . HOLD ONTO THE SPECIAL MEMORIES SPENT TOGETHER AS A FAMILY. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN RIP RONNIS
Violet Rhyno& Gary Downton
Barbara and Family, Sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing.He will be missed by the whole Community.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.. R.I.P Ronnie…
Barbara and family
I was. deeply shocked to hear of Ronnie’s passing. I knew him for many years . If I was out side when he drove by he would always wave and give a toot. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him .The memories you have will help get you through the difficult times. Rest In Peace
Doris Lohnes Schnare
My sincere condolences to Barbara, Tiffany and Jeff in the passing of their husband and father, Ronnie. I know that you are all so sad, but he is now free from pain and suffering. May he rest in peace…
To Barb and Family: so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing.Thinking of you all. Love Michael,Donna, Stephen, Karen
I’m so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Angela,Ronald and Leigh-ann Young
So sorry to hear about Ronnie,our thoughts and prayers are with you
love and prayers to you all .So sorry for your loss.
Barbara and family: So sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Buddy will miss seeing him as one of the “regulars” at the garage in the village. Sending our deepest sympathy on your loss.
Buddy, Madeline and Shelly
To all of Ronnie’s family I offer my deepest condolences. I knew him since childhood and I know he will be missed by all who knew him. In time, the memories and the stories he loved to tell will make you smile and keep him with you.
To Ronnie’s family,
My deepest sympathies in your loss.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
We were so sorry to learn of Ronnie’s passing. He will be missed.
Hold your memories close to your heart.
Our condolences to Barbara and all the family.
Sherri &Dennis Harrngton
To Barb and Family,
So very sorry for your sad loss, sending our most sincere condolences to you and the families.Thinking of you,take care❤️
Barb and family, my sincere condolences on Ronnie’s passing. He was such a big part of Mom and Dad’s life, they considered him another son. He was a brother to Vina, Chris, Ralph and myself. He cared about everyone and was loved by all. I will miss him always letting me know that I was older than him. He was blessed to have you Barb, you could always see the love in his eyes when you were near or when he talked of you. Oh, and what a proud father! You have tons of happy memories, and you know he will always be by you side. Love, and big hugs. Julie
John and Trina Langley
Sorry for your loss.Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
So sorry to read of the passing of Ronnie, Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Hold the memories close to your hearts to help get through this most difficult time. As time passes so will the pain and sadness.
Beverley & Betty-Jean Colp
To all of Ronnie’s family we send our condolences in his passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time. Ronnie will be missed by many. Let the many memories of him remain in your hearts to help ease your pain.
Beverley & Betty-Jean
Barb and family. I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May knowing Ronnie’s earthly suffering is over help you through this difficult time.
Sending healing hugs and prayers.
I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. My condolences to his family.May he RIP.
Karen and John Fultz
Tiffany and family
I am sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort.
Bob and Brenda Lohnes
Our sincere condolences to all of Ronnie’s family. He and Bob played cards many times together at Edson’s home. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Tiffany and family,
Sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Ron & Bonnie Henderson
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one, Ronnie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Our sincere sympathy to all.
Ron & Bonnie
Barb and family Sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing.We enjoyed our many chats we had with a great friend.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Barb and familySorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing.We enjoyed our many chats with a great friend.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Barbara, Jean, Heather and families – I’m so very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Reading his obituary brought back memories of the times I spent with Heather at their house and the tricks he used to play. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers,
Mark and Jenny
Aunt Barbara, Jeff, and Tiffany,
So sorry to hear of Uncle Ronnie’s passing.
Our thoughts are with all of you.
Bill and Anna Cox
Barb, Jeff and Tiffany and families
Our deepest sympathy in Ronnie’s passing, he will; be missed by many, always enjoyed his chats on ball and hockey.
David & Judy Whynott of mersey point
I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing, he was a great guy that I have known all my life and he will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sorrow to all his family.
Rick and Jo-Ann Baker
Barbara and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Barb,Tiffany and Jeff sending my love. So sorry to hear about your loss. It was a complete shock. He will be missed by a lot of people. We had a lot of memories and good times when I was part of the family. Thinking of you at this time. Take care and if there is anything I can do just ask.
Blake Morash, Sherry and John MacPherson
Barbara, Jean, Heather and families,
We are sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Daniel S. Leslie
Sorry to hear about Ronnie’s passing.
Take care and remember the good times
Barbara and family
Sincere condolences on Ronnie’s passing. Will miss our chats outside the
Post Office. Take care.
Kendell / Karla
Tiffany and family,
So sad to here about your father…. worked with and around Ronnie at the mill for many years, and lots of chats all over Queens county lol. Great man and will definitely be missed by so many. Sending our heartfelt condolences RIP ol buddy
Leon & Norma Robertson
Our sympathy to Ron’s. family. He will be greatly missed by his Tim Horton’s friends. Where we had lots of fun.
Sorry to hear about Ronnie, condolences to all
Robenia and Theresa Brewster
Jean and Family
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Theresa and Robenia Brewster.
My heartfelt condolences to all of the Burns family over your loss. Ronnie always had time to stop and chat any time you met him..
WITH UNDERSTANDING SYMPATHY TO ALL THE FAMILY. FREDA HATT.
Kimberley and Dale Foley
We were saddened to hear of Ronnie’s ill health and passing.You all were devoted to being there for him and I am sure it gave him great comfort to be surrounded by family through such a hard time.The loss of a parent and spouse is one that can never be completely healed but rely on each other’s love and strength to help you get through.You have our love and condolences.
Kim,Dale,Ian and Ben
We were so sorry to hear this news! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Eric, Earl and Phyllis
dear Barb&family so sorry to hear of Ronnies passing, please know that our thoughts and
prayers are with you at this difficult time. Melba&Joe.
Frances and Merrill
Barb and all of Ronnie’s family please except our deepest sympathy . We will miss his daily visits to the garage. God Bless You all. Frances,Merrill and Families.
John and Elsa Toplis
So sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. We are going to miss his Christmas day phone calls.
John and Elsa Toplis
My condolences to the Burns family. Ron was a amazing man with such great love for his family and friends. I met Mr Burns when Jeff and myself played baseball for LBC many trips all across the province. Then of course later on in life Mr Burns would always stop and chat about hunting and fishing. God bless you all at this hard time.
I was saddened to hear of your father’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care!
Kathy and Tony Dagley
So sorry for your loss
Larry and Fran
barb and family ..our condolences to you at this sad time . Ronnie was a very pleasant man, every time I walked my dogs around the church square and he was out front we would always talk for a few moments ..he would always laugh and mention how the dogs little legs would be just a going (he got such a kick watching them)and Larry will miss their many a yarns up to the garage..
Vivian & Bernard Hemeon
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Ronnie Burns.
So sorry for the families loss as well as the Mill Village community where Ronnie had such a presence. Mom (Joyce Whynot) and I always looked forward to our chats with him outside the firehall at the breakfast and August fest where his tales about some of the people he drove home. He surely will be missed. Our sincere condolences to all of his family
Susan Levy and Joyce Whynot
Kim Masland, MLA
To Ronnie’s family,
Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss.
Ronnie had a great wit and was such a kind man. I will miss that smile when he would share a story.
Take care of each other.
Deepest sympathy to Barbara & family during this sad time.Ronnie was a good friend. He was always there if you needed a helping hand . We spent many years on the fire department.He always enjoyed chatting and had a bit of humour to add.He will be sadly missed by his friends &family. Ken Mosher & Shirley Frank
Ron Zwicker and Noweta Nickerson
To Ronnie’s family
Our heartfelt condolences to the family , Will certainly miss seeing him
many great memories of chats and coffee at Tim Hortons
Daunice & Art Wentzell
To Ronnie family
Our deepest condolences Ronnie Burns family.I went to school with Ronnie in the little schoole house in Eagle Head.
Dear Barb & Family,
We extend our sincerest condolences to you. Ronnie always had “a smile and a hello” whenever our paths crossed. Gone from this earth, but never from your hearts. – Cathie, Kevin & Ern Wentzell
I am very sorry to hear this very sad news! I didn’t even know his name, but he and his friend would come into my store in Greenfield fishing time! Loved to hear the way they picked at me, and one another. I will miss seeing you! Prayers to your family!
Bessie,Jerry & Jimmie Harnish
Barbara & Families,
Jimmie and I went to see Ronnie every day 5 days a week for 5 weeks,and I could see a difference everyday,and could”nt believe that I had just seen him about 3 weeks before that at Tims,and then this.I guess we all have to see it as being a blessing from God,as he was hurting emotionaly,and now he is at peace.Cherish your memories and hold on to them.Ronnie taught Jerry to drive, so he was a upset by it.
May God see you through your hurting,as time helps to heal all.