Thomas George Burns
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut on June 9th, 1950
Departed on August 10th, 2019 and resided in Denver, Colorado
Thomas G. Burns was born in Waterbury, CT in 1950, the son of the late Alice and Joseph Burns. Tom died tragically in the town of Thornton, CO on August 10th, 2019 when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.
Thomas attended St Thomas Elementary School in Waterbury, CT and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, CT. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, graduating at the top of his class.
Thomas moved to Denver in 1974 and began his long career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Denver. He worked for the EPA for over 30 years and was a supervisor when he retired in 2009.
Thomas was an avid bicyclist. He realized a long life dream and attended the Tour de France and watched all the stages of the race over the 23 days. Thomas was a member of Bicycle Colorado and attended numerous events. Thomas was a proud supporter of the Denver Botanic Gardens and attended countless concerts there over the years. He had a profound love of all music from classical, folk, country to rock & roll. He was also an avid cross-country and Telemark skier and a scuba-diver. Tom traveled the country and the world for both work and pleasure.
Thomas will be missed by his family; especially his brother Kevin Burns of Wolcott, Connecticut, his brother Paul Burns of Anchorage Alaska and his sister Maureen Burns of Waterbury, CT. He was predeceased by his brothers, Patrick and Charles. Tom also leaves behind numerous nephews, Joseph, Michael, Stuart, Spencer, Sean, Thomas and a niece Jaclyn. He also leaves behind countless good friends and will be missed by all.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday at Tom’s house for all his friends to attend. Burial will be at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Denver Botanic Gardens, Bicycle Colorado, Bikes Not Bombs or to National Public Radio.”