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J. CLARE BURNS (published on November 25, 2007)

J. CLARE BURNS Peacefully on Wednesday November 21, 2007 J. Clare Burns passed away at the Deer Lodge Centre. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Gayle Burns (Robert Douglas), Joyce Burns, Janice (Gerald) deDenus, and Patricia (Bruce) Vokey and also by his grandchildren, Sterling and Dawn, Gregory and Michael, Jason and Christopher (Shayla). He was predeceased by his parents John and Grace, his brother Clayton and sisters Kathleen and Margaret. Clare was born in Pilot Mound, Manitoba on June 13, 1918. He graduated from the High School and was the only graduate in his class with a job. He had been hired at the Bank of Toronto beginning in July, 1936. The Toronto Dominion remained his life time employer until his retirement in 1981. His banking career was interrupted by service in the RCAF during the Second World War from 1941 to the fall of 1945. He proudly achieved the rank of Flying Officer and contributed to the training of many pilots and navigators as well as flying Atlantic missions before leaving the service. He was an active member of the Manitoba Wartime Pilots' and Observers' Association. He was an active businessman during his career, working in the TD Bank as an Inspector, Branch Manager and Commercial Business Development Officer. He served as secretary of the Manitoba Committee of the Canadian Bankers' Association from 1982-1984. He was a lifetime member of the Gyro Club of Winnipeg, a member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Motor League and of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Football Club. He was a past president of the Granite Curling Club and a member of Southwood Golf and Country Club. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 27, at 2:00 p.m. in Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson officiating. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to Crossways-In-Common, 222 Furby St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2A7 or a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff of T5 Deer Lodge Centre for the care and comfort Clare received. Thomson In the ParK Funeral Home and Cemetery 925-1120 Life stories may be shared with friends and family across the globe at

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