Father William L. Burns, 83, of Manchester, died Monday, January 1, 2018, at Manchester Memorial Hospital.
Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late James R. and Mary (Lewis) Burns. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a pharmacist for 26 years.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John F. Whealon on February 9, 1985. He served at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterbury, St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, St. Gabriel Church in Windsor and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Naugatuck. He resided at St. Lawrence O'Toole in Hartford and St. James Church in Manchester, where he had been the senior priest in residence from November 2009 until his death.
Father Burns is survived by his brother James R. Burns Jr. of West Hartford; his niece and nephews Catherine Robinson and her husband Michael of Manchester, Theodore J. Pastva Jr. and his wife Nancy of Amston, Stephen J. Pastva and his fiancée Pam of Manchester and Thomas P. Pastva of Ellington; and his great-niece and nephew Elizabeth M. Robinson and Matthew D. Hanley.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters Ellen Price and Margaret Pastva; and his niece Margaret P. Hanley.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated on January , at St. James Church, 896 Main St. Manchester, followed by burial in St. James Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Father Burns may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.