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“thinking of you with love, dear friend. you will ever be missed ~ XXX ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: mercedes murolo - Santa Rosa, CA

“My thoughts to Angie, Ben and Audrey, on your loss of Dennis. His humor, kindness and devotion to family were things I always admired in him. He...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Anne Converse - Marion, MA

“Angie, Audrey and Ben - you are in our hearts and our prayers. Thank you for posting the photos of your rich life you shared with Dennis. His love...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Julie & David Jennings - MA

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor WitShall lure it back to cancel half a Line,Nor all thy Tears wash out a...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Omar Khayyam - SF, CA - mentor

“I have great memories of making music with Dennis and his brother Jack, and of his friendliness, generosity, and passion for good music and singing....Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Tim - Aurora, CO - Frriend

“Audrey and Ben - when I was watching the beautiful photo montage to your Dad tonight It brought back memories of my Dad and your grandfather, Jimmy....Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Robyn Wilson Kanter - essex, MA

“to the burns family,my deepest regards for your loss of DENNIS,he might be gone physicaly,but his spirit will always be there looking out for all of...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: tom gauthier[tucker] - wilmington, MA

“Dennis wrote a beautiful poem about my father not long after he died. There were no words to express how much that meant to me. When I recently...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy McShay - Salem, MA

“Sending love and hugs to the family during this terribly sad time. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Kit Holland - Harvard, MA

“Your light will always burn brightly in my heart and mind. Will miss you my friend ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Greg Kinney - Winter Haven, FL

“Dennis enriched our lives with his music, poems, stories, and humor. Loved to see and listen to him, especially No Name Pub days. He will be dearly...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Rosemary Bane Bogan - Salem, MA

“Oh My Goodness, so many memories of laughter and long chats of life, his joy of his beautiful wife and children. I still have a poem he wrote about...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Nadine Pomakis - old friend

“My memories of Dennis these past few days are poignant and detailed, and date back to childhood. Dennis was a smart, wry, and kind soul who I am...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Peg - salem - dear friend

“yes Dennis you certainly were a man of many venues. a trait passed onto you from the 1 Island Ave. Burns relatives, the place where we all received...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: TheToomey family - Peabody, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you in your time of need. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: J.B. - NE

“Dennis was not only my friend, he was like a brother. We share many memories, laughter, and tears. You will be missed. ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: Ellen - Salem, MA - Friend

“Dennis and Tyrone lived with us in "the shed" for many years in the 80's and he was simply part of our family. He fixed what was broken, kept us in...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Bill, Chip, Bennett and Derek Notman - MA

“My deepest and most sincere condolences to the Burns Family. Dennis was truly a remarkable man whom i had the pleasure of knowing. I first met Dennis...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Walter Baptiste - Wareham, MA

“The bonds of true friendship, especially those forged in early youth, can never be broken. Yours was such a friendship. Although decades have...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: David Harrington - Honolulu, HI

“Angie, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your children. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Patricia Akins - Mattapoisett, MA

“My former husband Van and I so enjoyed Dennis's jokes. He always had a new one and told it with his entertaining, unique style. Sorry we lost touch...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Kim Barry - Mattapoisett, MA

“I remember when Angie and Dennis first met, Angie and I worked at the INN together. They were a true match made in heaven. He always made me feel...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Martha Smith - Siesta Key, FL

“We loved Dennis and all he did for us. His was a great friend to us and we will miss him greatly. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Tom and Dannie Engwert - marion, MA

“So many memories ~ Dennis was my friend ~ he saved me from all that bad stuff that can happen to a single lady when he and Angie & Audrey were my...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Mercy May Murolo - santa rosa, CA

MATTAPOISETT- Mr. Dennis Burns, 61, beloved husband of Angela MacDonald, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 30th 2015.

Born in Salem, he was the son of the late James and Audrey Burns. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1971.

He is survived by his wife Angela, his children Audrey and Ben Burns, and brothers Jamie Burns of Newburyport and Ed Burns of Salem. He was the brother of the late Jack Burns.

A passionate angler and outdoorsman, Dennis spent time perfecting his hand-tied fly designs and studying local stream ecology. He was also an Irish folk musician and a man of many instruments including the banjo, guitar, harmonica and penny whistle. Dennis was an artist: a storyteller, a poet, and a craftsman; also an avid reader. He dedicated his working life to woodworking and spent his days off repairing and renovating his centuries-old home (when he wasn't fishing).

He found great satisfaction in volunteering, for many years, for Project Healing Waters, offering fly-tying instruction and assisting with fishing outings for disabled veterans. His unequaled loyalty, sense of humor and contagious laughter made for a loving husband, a model father and an unforgettable friend.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Wednesday April 8th at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial is private. Visiting hours Tuesday April 7th from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 P.M. There will also be a gathering for local Southcoast friends from 6 to 9 P.M. on Thursday April 9th at Harriet's 7 Cottage St., Marion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit