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William D. Burns Jr.

September 25, 1931 - September 28, 2021


Waverly, New York

Date of Death:

September 28, 2021



Birth Date:

September 25, 1931

Birth Place:

Sayre, Pennsylvania 

Service Information:

Monday, October 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM at Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Street, Sayre, Pennsylvania



St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Elmira, New York

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William D. Burns Jr.

William D. Burns Jr, 90, of Sayre, PA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Elderwood in Waverly.

He was predeceased by his parents, William D. and Marie Flynn Burns Sr.

Bill is survived by Michael Burns of Quinton, VA, Kristin (Christopher) O’Brien of Watervliet, James Burns of Cohoes and John (Rod) Burns of Durham, NC. Grandchildren, James O’Brien and Olivia Burns; and the love of his life, BA Hornung of Sayre, PA. He and BA had more than 30 wonderful years together. Bill is also survived by BA’s children, Suzanne (Pat) McKinney, Tina (Wally) Adams, Paul (Erin) Hornung and Michael (Margarita) Hornung; her 15 grandchildren; and her one great grandchild.

He was born in Elmira, New York graduated in 1949 from Elmira Catholic High School and went on to attend Niagara University and to Albany Law School to receive his Doctor of Law degree.  He worked for several years as the vice president of legal affairs counsel for Guthrie Health System.  Bill was a devoted member of the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre where he served as a communicant.

A memorial mass will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM at Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Street, Sayre, Pennsylvania with Rec. Daniel Toomey officiating and burial to follow at St. Peter and Pauls Cemetery in Elmira, New York.  The family is being assisted by the Bluavelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to William’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: Ashley & Joseph Webster
Bill was an incredible man that will always have a spot in our family. We miss Bill dearly and will be praying for peace for all those that love Bill.

From: Christine Barton
BA, I am so very sorry for your loss. Bill was a very sweet man. I enjoyed taking care of him. He  always missed you and mentioned you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I will be out of town on 10/4 but I will be there in thought.

From: Joe and Deb Landy
BA—we are very sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful guy and great friend. We know the last few have been difficult and he is now in a better place. We are away and will not be in town for the funeral but he and you are in our prayers..

From: Deb Luchaco
My deepest sympathies to BA and Bill's family.  I worked with Bill for several years at Guthrie and he was one of the kindest people I have ever known.  My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

From: meg sargent
So sorry to hear of BILL,S PASSING. he was a very kind man. Always spoke to him at mass. He once changed our flat tire for me.

From: Gary Gee
Im sad to hear of Bill,s passing.Always a kind,gentleman.I will miss his pleasant smile and demeanor.R.I P.Bill.

From: Ron Cole
My prayers and thoughts are with B.A. and the entire  family. Bill was always encouraging me with kind words and thoughts. You don't meet too many people with the life qualities that Bill had.  An uplifting person that always had time to give a person a good word. Thanks Bill!

From: Jan Scott
My sympathies to BA and Bill's family! He was the best neighbor who always had a wave or friendly word. He will be remembered for his kind and gentle manner.

From: Debbie Thompson Smith
BA I love you and loved Bill so much too.  I so enjoyed our monthly dinners after I lost Mike.  He was a kind, intelligent and loving man.  He was so good to you and your mom and I know he and Nanna are up in heaven together waiting for the rest of us to arrive.

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