ANSONIA – Father Joseph Harrington Burns, 85, a priest of the Diocese of Camden, N.J., for 56 years, died on Aug. 10, 2016.
He was educated at Assumption School and Ansonia High School in Ansonia; St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield; St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.; St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Penn.; and Villanova University in Philadelphia.
He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Camden on June 11, 1960. He then served as parochial vicar in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Camden. He was pastor of Our Lady of Victories in Landisville, N.J., and St. Anthony of Padua in Hammonton, N.J. Father Burns also was on the faculty at two Catholic high schools and was vice principal and principal at two Catholic high schools.
He retired in 2002.
Father Burns was born on Aug. 14, 1930, in Derby. He was predeceased by his parents Thomas Patrick and Irene (Harrington) Burns and a brother, Thomas F. Burns. His surviving siblings are Elizabeth M. Blanchard, Richard M. Burns, Peter F. Burns and Irene B. Brown. He also leaves 20 nieces and nephews and their children.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 20 at the Church of the Assumption in Ansonia. Interment followed at Pine Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Assumption through the Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St., Ansonia, CT 06401.