Kevin Burns passed away on October 8th in Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.
Kevin was born in Calgary, Alberta on 16 September 1934. He was born the second son of John & Florence Burns and was the second of their 8 children. He moved to Cumberland (#8 Mine Settlement) at the age of 3 and then to a farm in Dove Creek in 1948. As a child he had multiple surgeries on his face and mouth to correct a hairlip and cleft palate.
In 1951 when his father died, he quit school and worked in a sawmill. Kevin enlisted to the army (Canadian Scottish regiment), arriving in Korea just a couple of weeks before ceasefire. Later he moved to Vancouver to take a heavy duty mechanic’s course. But Kevin was a country boy so moved back to Comox Valley. He met Heather Hooper in 1964 and they married 23rd April 1966. Kevin loved horses and he and Heather homesteaded at their farm in Merville. He participated in many cattle drives in the Interior of BC.
His other interests were Big Brothers, Army Cadets, Army Reserve, Teddy Bears Motorcycle Rides and drawing.
He was predeceased by his parents John & Florence Burns, his wife Heather Hooper, his son John, his grandson Kevin, his sister Alicia Burns and his youngest brother Tim
He is survived by his brothers Paddy (Norma) and Terry (Helen);three sisters, Rosemary Arnold, Teresa Wilson and Margaret (Jim) Slater; two grandsons Jessie and Cody Burns; Brother-in-law Brian (Janelle) Hooper; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A service for Kevin will be held on Friday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Piercy’s. In lieu of flowers, a donation to CV Therapeutic Riding, Tsolum Heritage Bursary or the Cancer Society can be sent to 635 – 23rd Street Courtenay V9N 7K9.