Gloucester — Peter L. “Puck” Burns, 72, died early Thursday morning, October 25, 2012 in the Addison Gilbert Hospital, following an extended illness. He was the husband of Marjorie H. (Powers) Burns.
Born in Gloucester on December 20, 1939, he was the son of the late Payson and Virginia (Parsons) Burns. A lifelong resident of Gloucester, he was a graduate of the Gloucester High School class of 1957, where he played goalie for the hockey team. He later played for Sherm’s CAV.
Pete held many jobs centering on the Gloucester waterfront. He had been a commercial fisherman aboard the f/v Corey’s Pride and Ethel B. He had also worked at the former Quincy Market in East Gloucester and Quincy Cold Storage as a lumper and, at one point, held the position of the Union Steward.
His greatest joys were summering at the cottage on the lake, gardening and sports, especially the Boston Bruins; and his yearly hunting trip to Old Town with his friend, Matt Mullen. He cherished his many past and present pets.
More recently, he enjoyed trips to Dunkin Donuts for his coffee and jelly stick, rides around the Back Shore, and ice-cream from Ryan at the Dairy Maid. A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed.
In addition to his wife, Margie, of fifty-two years, he is survived by his children, Marge Wiggin and her significant other, Anthony Sinagra, Joanne Burns, Christine Taraska, Alison, wife of Jason Gove and Marcia, wife of Edward Chmiel; twelve grandchildren, Shevaun (Burns), wife of Michael Parady, Amanda (Barker), wife of Nathaniel Levie, Maxwell, Alex, Abby, Cassie, and Meg Gove, Ellie and Maggie Taraska, Chris Wiggin, Baxter and Charlie Chmiel; and his great-grandson, Ryan Parady. He also leaves his brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. Walter J. Powers, Jr., husband of Marie, Dr. James A. Powers, husband of Mason, Joan Powers, his aunt and uncle, Charles and Louise Ferazzi, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, cronies, drinking buddies and the Back Road Boys. He was also predeceased by his granddaughter, Paige Taraska.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held on Saturday morning in the Pike-Grondin Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held this evening from 5 – 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Assoc, P.O. Box 3010, Gloucester, MA 01930 (www.gloucesterathletics.org). Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery, for further information and online condolences, please visit www.grondinfuneralservices.com.