Tributes have been paid to the late Bea Burns (99) , affectionately known by her family as Queen Bea who died on January 13, she has been remembered as a “force of nature” by her family.

Mrs. Burns was well-known and respected for her role in running the family business, The White Star Bar (now Charlie’s Bar) in Enniskillen along with her husband, Charlie. The bar remains in the family and is managed by granddaughter Una who spoke on her family’s behalf about their late family matriarch.

Born in Cavan in 1923, Bea was one of seven children. In 1939, she met Charlie Burns and later married him in a double wedding with her sister in Dublin.

Charlie and Bea went on to open ‘The White Star Bar’ in Church Street, Enniskillen in 1944.

Business growth

Explaining how both the family and business grew, Una said: “The White Star Bar soon became the home to their nine children. Despite opening in the midst of World War II, the business quickly gained popularity and was praised for its welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

“Granny and Granda started more than a business, they established a proud tradition, one that would thrive and grow into the next generations.”

Remembering her granny’s personality, Una said: “She was a lady who was respected by many. She was known for her sharp sense of humour – always having a quick and witty comeback for anything that was said to her.”

Continuing, she said: “Granny was a force of nature, independent and strong, a model of resilience. Her unwavering faith remained true throughout her life.

“We are sad to lose her but so appreciative of the full, blessed life she lived.”

Love of singing

Outside of work, Bea was involved in many other aspects of life, Una said:“While in Enniskillen, Granny made many long-lasting friendships, and always enjoyed an active, fun-filled life, in particular, playing golf in Blacklion. A proud member of St. Michael’s Church Choir, her love of singing saw her take part in several pantomimes and light Operas!”

Mrs. Bea Burns’s funeral Mass took place on Monday, January 16 at St. Michael’s Church, Enniskillen. Following the funeral, she was buried in Breandrum Cemetery.

Bea was predeceased by her husband Charlie and her children Teresa and Kieran. She is survived by children; Kathleen, Sean, Charles, Gabriel, Gerard, Vincent and Toney as well as her 29 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were carried out by Enda Love Funeral Directors.