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.”

     

    Guestbook Entries

    Kevin Burns

    Thomas,

    You were my brother, but you were in fact my godfather and most of all my friend. You looked out for me in my times of trouble and were my sounding board. I am so sad that you left us before your time. We all have an expiration date, but yours was not supposed to be for at least another twenty years. You will be missed by all and forgotten by none. I will miss our daily phone call and checking on you. Please tell all that are on the other side that I will be coming one day and we will meet again then. LOVE YOU BROTHER! – Kevin

    August 14th, 2019 at 2:27pm
    Maureen Burns

    Thomas,

    You always had the right answers in Life. When I was sick in bed at 8 years old you pulled up my chalk board and taught me how draw simple figures. You coached me with sports with the greatest of patience. I owe the Best parts of me to you. When I struggled in Algebra in HS you tutored me to think for myself. Whenever the World seemed to crash all around me you were there to put things in perspective. Thank you for your great Generosity throughout my life. Your greatest advice is still on your fridge in Denver. “Let Go Or Be Dragged”. I will still ask for your advice and I know in my Heart what you would say. Until we meet again I leave you with the words of Irish Poet W.B. Yeats. : Thy Gentlest Dreams Thy Frailest, Even Those That Were, Born and Lost In A Heartbeat Shall Meet Thee There. They Have Become Immortal In Shining Air. I Love You Thom Forever. ALWAYS… Your Favorite Sister. Maureen

    August 14th, 2019 at 3:18pm
    Pamela Perkins

    Tom, My Most Beloved Friend,

    You will live in my heart and soul forever. In my shock and devastation, here in Beverly, MA and unable to get to Denver, I am praying that Kevin will email me his contact information. I want to write your family a letter to tell them how you saved my life and my sanity seven years ago. And how you have sustained me since. Your passing is easily the second worst day of my life. I love you, Dear. And give my regards to Dr. Newton.
    Always,
    Pam

    August 17th, 2019 at 12:12pm
    Sheila Thompson

    Dear Tom,

    You were my quiet and reserved cousin on Easton Avenue. If anyone knew Paul and Patrick they’d agree.

    I’m having a hard time with your death. Whether it’s the violent nature of your death or a cumulative factor of family deaths, I don’t know. 

    I’m glad you were doing what you loved. I just wish you’d had more time to enjoy it. Maybe a few more dive or ski trips. Just more time.

    What I do know is your generous nature. I know how proud Nana was when she wrote me to tell of your graduation from Worcester Polytechnic , your job at the EPA and your life in Denver.

    I know your generosity. Lending me your new van to tour Colorado. 😳😳
    Your fabulous multi course meals and numerous accompanying wines. 😋😋😋
    Your generosity sharing of kettle corn at the state fair. Big or small, you were always generous.

    I’ve never cooked a multi course meal comparable to yours. That’s probably a safe bet that I never will, but if I try, I will think of you. 

    I’ll never look at the moon again without thinking of you. Thank you the moon cards. I was comforted this week looking at the full moon.

    I pray Aunt Mary hasn’t made you her personal chef and sommelier. I’m thinking you’re both enjoying an incredible feast.

    Rest In Peace. I will miss your presence in this world.

    Love,

    Dear Tom,

    You were my quiet and reserved cousin on Easton Avenue. If anyone knew Paul and Patrick they’d agree.

    I’m having a hard time with your death. Whether it’s the violent nature of your death or a cumulative factor of family deaths, I don’t know. 

    I’m glad you were doing what you loved. I just wish you’d had more time to enjoy it. Maybe a few more dive or ski trips. Just more time.

    What I do know is your generous nature. I know how proud Nana was when she wrote me to tell of your graduation from Worcester Polytechnic , your job at the EPA and your life in Denver.

    I know your generosity. Lending me your new van to tour Colorado. 😳😳😳
    Your fabulous multi course meals and numerous accompanying wines. 😋😋😋
    Your generosity sharing of kettle corn at the state fair. Big or small, you were always generous.

    I’ve never cooked a multi course meal comparable to yours. Does salad and French bread count? Anyhow, it’s probably a safe bet that I never will, but if I try, I will think of you. 

    I’ll never look at the moon again without thinking of you. Thank you the moon cards. I was comforted this week looking at the full moon.

    I pray Aunt Mary hasn’t made you her personal chef and sommelier. I’m thinking you’re both enjoying incredible feasts.

    Rest In Peace. I will miss your presence in this world. Thank you for your kindness.

    Love, 

    Sheila 

    August 17th, 2019 at 7:48pm
    Rose Mary (Calabro) Pelletier

    For Tom  & his  Loving Family,
    Tears filled my heart & soul when I heard of your sudden &  tragic passing from our SHS Classmate , Fr. Joe. You were a great friend/classmate at Sacred Heart High & it was so good to see you at our class reunion.  You were a bright spirit, with a great smile!
    Tom, you lived your life doing what you wanted to do & you dearly loved your family & friends! You paassed away while riding your bike-a passion of yours & now you can ride on your bike safely around in Heaven amongst the Angels & your family & friends,
    You have your own Tour de France,,,🚵‍♀️
    Tom,  May you look down from heaven and as you helped & loved your family & friends while on Earth ….May you continue to do so now as well. 
    The Serenity Prayer which was printed in our SHS 1968 Class Yearbook reminds  me of you & your Spirit..  So enjoy your bike rides in Heaven & remembering you so fondly …your SHS Classmate, RoseMary (Calabro) Pelletier🌹😘

    August 18th, 2019 at 3:47pm
    Emily Whalen

    We here are Curious Theatre Company are devastated to hear of Tom’s passing. He was quite simply one of our favorite Star Ushers and his presence will be missed. We are sending love and peace to his family and friends in this time.

    August 19th, 2019 at 2:19pm
    Marlene Desmond

    I have no words to express my sorrow over losing Tom. He was in my life for more than 40 years. He gave generously of his love, time and money. He was always there for anyone who needed his help. One of the true good guys has left us. Many, many people are mourning his loss. He will be in my heart forever. MD

    August 19th, 2019 at 4:17pm
    Judy Caribou Hervig

    Tom, your quiet spirit, friendship, gentle words of wisdom and endless support while we worked at EPA meant more to me than you will ever know. A short stop in your office after a particularly harrowing event was all I needed to sooth whatever feathers were ruffled – you mostly just listened. Thank you for saying, “What do you really, really think?” Though we never worked in the same program, I valued your advice always. Rest well, my friend. I can imagine you and Bob watching baseball and tasting wines in a much expanded capacity now. You will be missed by many!

    August 21st, 2019 at 1:08pm
    Diane & George Sawczyn

    Tom, the very first time we met you was a party at your home. How fitting! We had so many good times in the subsequent years. Many laughs and fabulous meals were shared. Your zest for life was unparalleled. Your grocery store diagrams were just one indicator of your organizational skills. No wonder you were the ultimate host! We will never forget the last soirée in your backyard complete with the twinkling lights, candles and white tablecloths plus fabulous food and wine. However, it was the camaraderie that made the night. We always came away with sore stomachs from laughing so much. Our regret is no having at least one chance to say goodbye and tell you we love you. Rest In Peace, our dear friend. 

    August 26th, 2019 at 11:12pm

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