Widespread sadness has been expressed following the death of Eamon Burns, which occurred on Friday, November 11, 2016, peacefully at home, following a lengthy illness.

A much loved and devoted father and grandfather, his death has caused much heartache and sadness throughout the community, where he was held in high esteem by all of his family, neighbours and friends.

Born on June 1, 1935, at Belmore Street, Enniskillen, eldest son of the late Gerry and Mabel Burns, he was educated at the Abbey Street and Christian Brothers’ Schools. 

He was an intelligent young man and his ambition in life was to become an accountant but as a selfless son he took on a building apprenticeship with his father in order to help support a growing family.

In his mid twenties Eamon travelled to England and spent 11 years working on various building projects and met up with many long term friends in particular Malachy Love whose friendship lasted until the end of Eamon’s life. Generous in nature, he provided residence for many travelling ‘townies’ who needed a place to stay.

In 1969, Eamon returned to Enniskillen, where he met and married Margaret Petty on August 24, 1970. They made their first home at Hillview Road, where they raised two daughters Maxine and Nancy. He was a devoted husband and father; in home life he concentrated on the happiness of his wife and children. Love, energy and music filled the home, where Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole were considered family members.

As a builder, Eamon was in constant demand. Even though it wasn’t his chosen career, he excelled at it. He was involved in the building of many housing developments, schools, hospitals and landmark buildings both North and South of Ireland, and was known for his speed and precision.

Eamon will be remembered for his strength and courage, his generosity and selfless nature, for his quick wit and good humour and sense of fun, which kept him young at heart.

He had a great personality and loved to chat and socialise. He had a constant thirst for knowledge, he loved books and educated himself this way, and encouraged his children and grandchildren to read. He was intelligent and a wise adviser.

As a father he was a natural provider. He created a warm and welcoming home, full of love and many happy cherished moments. Many will feel lost without the presence of Eamon in their lives.

The funeral service at St. Michael’s Church, Enniskillen, took place on Monday, November 14, 2016. The Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joe McVeigh with participation by many family members. Burial followed at Breandrum Cemetery.

Eamon is survived by his daughters Maxine (Jeffrey), Nancy (Willie), grandson Dayle and granddaughters Erika, Laura-Leigh and Orlaith. He also leaves behind his sisters Geraldine Martin, Una Lynch and Mary McKenna and his brothers Sean (Spain) and Don; his nieces, nephews and wider family circle.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaret, his parents Gerry and Mabel and his brothers Dessie and Brian (infancy) and his sister Sheila.  

The funeral arrangements were directed by Mr. John McKeegan, Mill Street, Enniskillen.