A quiet and kind man who enjoyed reading

MELROSE — William Burns, Jr., longtime resident of Melrose, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 84.

Born in Melrose on June 2, 1937, Bill is the son of the late William and Rhoda (Hislop) Burns, Sr. He grew up in Melrose graduating from Melrose High School in 1955. He enlisted in the United States Navy and was Honorably Discharged after four years of service.

After his time in the Navy, Bill joined the Melrose Fire Department. Unfortunately, in those days, one couldn’t have corrective lenses, so when he had to get glasses, he had to leave the department. He loved the fire department and maintained a close relationship with his friends there. Bill then went to work for the US Postal Service and retired after twenty-five years.

Bill was a quiet person who enjoyed reading, keeping up with his friends, and spending time with his cousin Mary Ellen and her family. He was also a member of The 52 Club.

Bill’s kindness and dry sense of humor will be missed.

Bill was the loving cousin of Mary Ellen Faulconer and her late husband, Herbert, of Melrose. He is also survived by Mary Ellen’s children: Herb Faulconer and his wife, Debra, of Nashua N.H.; Kathy Connolly and her husband, Larry, of Tewksbury and Robert Faulconer and his wife, Alison, of Groton, and their children and grandchild.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather during a visiting hour at Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Saturday, March 12 from 9-10 a.m., and for his funeral service celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.

For online tribute visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.