Raymond “Ray” F. Burns
of N. Chelmsford


Raymond "Ray" F. Burns, 92, died surrounded by his loving family at his home in N. Chelmsford on May 9, 2018.

He was married to the late Agnes M. Burns, who died on September 26, 1990.

Born in Lowell, he was the son of the late William and Mary Burns. He graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1943.

He proudly served with the U.S. Army during WWII.

Ray retired as a correctional officer in 1980 from Walpole State Prison.

He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church.

Ray was the Captain of the Lowell Auxiliary Police Department. He was a member of the Legion of Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and a life member of the General George S. Patton Society.

Ray was a long time resident of N. Chelmsford. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, William Burns of Lowell; daughters, Mary Agnes Bigley of Nashua, NH, Kathleen and her husband, Arthur Gauthier of N. Chelmsford and Anne Gagnon of Chelmsford; sister, Shirley Kiernan of Lowell; ten grandchildren; Including his caregivers and "best buddies" Robert Gagnon, Courtney Gagnon and her husband, Marc along with their two children Jameson and Ronan and Kimberly Gagnon and her husband Dan; sixteen great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and good friend Ronnie Pires.

He was the father of the late Martha Barrett, father-in-law, of John Bigley and brother, of Dorothy Daigle.

There are no visiting hours. Funeral Mass Mon. at 9A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Chelmsford. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX STREET CHELMSFORD 978-251-4041.


May 14, 2018
9A.M. Mass
St. John the Evangelist Church
  1. Donna Parkhurst says:

    Many memories brought to mind. One in particular was his courage. He took me to get my drivers license when I was sixteen. Fortunately he only had to do it once and I’ve been driving since. That was 50+ years ago. He was my Uncle and my Godfather. We shared many conversations over the years sitting at Aunt Aggies grave. I am sure he is at peace and where he wants to be! His happy place was his church and his faith. I can’t be there in person, but I am there in Spirit. RIP

  2. Don & Sil Drew says:

    Will always remember Ray while living in the neighborhood,he was such a nice guy,our deepest condolences.

  3. John Slavin says:

    When I was a young man Ray was one of my favorite people,he was one of the best. I knew his family well. Although I have not seen Ray for many yrs. anytime I go by Fulton St. I think of the laughs I used to have as a young man. I spent many hrs. talking to Shirley and Dorothy and Mrs Burns. Please give my condolences to the family, and give my best to Shirley.
    an OLD friend

  4. Ethel & Ray Pimentel says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our condolence to all your family.

  5. Nikki O’Donnell says:

    You will forever be missed, Papa.

    Love always,
    Birdie <3

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