Daniel K. “Dan” Burns, 55, of Center Street, Bemus Point, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and friends. He fought a courageous battle with cancer, maintaining his strength and glaring sense of humor until the very end.
Dan was born on June 22, 1966, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of the late James V. and Judith A. Groat Burns.
Dan graduated from Maple Grove Jr.-Sr. High School in 1984. Followed by his pursuit of a degree in Accounting, while playing basketball at Gannon University. He started his law enforcement career with the Jamestown Police Department, later graduating from the New York State Police Academy in 1989.
Dan dedicated his life through selfless service as a New York State Trooper for 28 years, working as an Investigator prior to his retirement in 2017. Following his retirement he worked for National Fire Adjustment.
Dan was a lifetime member of Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department, Ellery Center VFW Post# 557 and a member of the Vikings Club. He was a founding member and was very involved with the Chautauqua County Child Advocacy Program. He cherished time with friends and family taking countless trips over the years that included snowmobiling, boating, skiing and golfing. He loved helping people, never hesitating to lend a hand to anyone in need. As a midget football coach he had the pleasure of coaching his two sons.
Dan is survived by his wife, Linda Hearburg Burns whom he married on September 11, 2010 at the Hotel Lenhart in Bemus Point, N.Y.; two sons: Kevin Burns (Jenna Lundmark) of Jamestown, N.Y. and Jeffrey (Lauren) Tampe of Rochester, N.Y.; his daughter: Meghan Burns (Colin Brown) of Durham, N.C.; his brother: Tim (Connie) Burns of Dewittville, N.Y.; his sister: Terri (Barry) Oste of Bemus Point, N.Y.; his sister-in-law: Cindy Burns of Bemus Point, N.Y. and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends whom he considered family.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Burns and nephew, Patrick Burns.