Bishopville – Bernard (Bernie) R. Burns, 94 of Bishopville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 17, 2018, only 43 days after the passing of his true love, his wife Patricia J. Burns. He was a resident of the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, MD for the past 18 months.
Born in Baltimore, he was the older of two sons of the late Agnes Elizabeth Burns.
Bernie Burns enjoyed a wonderful life and brought happiness to all who knew him. As a young man he served time in the Army Air Corp during WW II as he was stationed in New Guinea and Australia. After the war he returned home to begin his working career with Montgomery Ward on Monroe Street in Baltimore. While working fulltime, he attended night school at the University of Baltimore where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in business management. He was promoted to surplus sales manager at Montgomery Ward and retired from that position after working there for 40 years
Upon his retirement, he spent his last 30 years enjoying life with his wife and family in “The Land of Pleasant Living,” as he often referred to the Ocean City area. His retirement years were spent working on home remodeling projects, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the Kiwanis Club where he spent many years hosting weekly bingo games for the residents of the Berlin Nursing Home. His hobbies were bowling, playing pinochle, and betting on the ponies at the track with his buddies..
He is survived by a devoted stepson: George C. Bilenki and daughter-in-law: Patricia A. Bilenki of Bishopville; onebrother, Robert Burns of Florida; three grandchildren, Jonathan M. Bilenki and wife Shannon Boyd of Eugene, OR, Erin E. and Adam J. Bilenki of Berlin, MD; four great grandchildren, Cara, Trybe, Lotus and Owen George.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be announced at a later date. Donations in his name may be made to the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Coastal Hospice.