Michael L. Burns III

  • Born: August 27, 1948
  • Died: January 22, 2017
  • Location: Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michael L. Burns III, 68, of Tinicum Township, PA, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in his home in Lester, PA from complications related to multiple myeloma.

He leaves his wife, Sue Burns (nee Betsch); son Michael, husband of Jill (nee Cantor), of Ardmore; two grandchildren: Rose and Maggie; and a brother: Robert, husband of Ethel (nee Campbell), of Lester.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife Rosanne Burns (nee Turiocy); and his parents, Michael L. and Sophie Burns (nee Chimeleski).

Mike was born in Ashland, PA, and attended both Ridley Park High School and Interboro, where he played football and threw shotput. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt Midway-class aircraft carrier during Vietnam. The ship's nickname is shared with his first-born grandchild: "Rosie." He was honorably discharged.

Following service, Mike graduated from Widener University. He then served as a police officer for 30 years with the Tinicum Township Police Department and retired as Sergeant. Mike also served as a volunteer fireman in Tinicum Township.

Following retirement from the police force, Mike was the Security Specialist for the Rotorcraft Division of Boeing in Ridley Park, PA. He was also the inventor of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,347,539, 8,544,200, and 8,667,725, issued for "Trigger Guard for Loading and Unloading A Weapon." Mike was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church, St. Gabriel Church, and the Knights of Columbus.

Mike enjoyed spending time with family at his home in Cape May, NJ, and walking along the beach of the Delaware bay. He was also a fan of the Philadelphia sports teams.

Mike's viewing will be held on Friday, January 27, from 6pm to 9pm, and again on Saturday, January 28, from 8:30am to 9:30am, at Cavanagh Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church in Essington, PA on Saturday, January 28 at 10am, followed by a burial at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Autism Speaks, online at www.autismspeaks.org, or by mail to Autism Speaks, ATTN Web Gift, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We are so very sorry for the passing of Michael. We hope that time will truly enrich your memories of him and give you smiles and peace.

Our heartfelt love for you all,

Tony and Susan Appel

Posted by Tony and Susan Appel - Narberth, PA - Family   February 04, 2017

Mike touched our lives greatly. He was a real gentleman. We will remember his kindness, his spirit, and his friendship. We will miss his big smile. Mike will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
-June and Harvey Cantor

Posted by June and Harvey Cantor Cantor - Philadelphia, PA - Family   February 03, 2017

Rest in Peace Mike, you will be missed.

Posted by Donald Bonner - Bensalem, PA   February 01, 2017

Dear Sue,
Joe and I are so saddened by the loss of Mike; We have many fond
memories of him and remember well his tremendous generosity of
spirit, time and affection. Our hearts are with you, Nancy & Joe

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2017

We all lost a great man the day Mike passed away. When I remember Mike the first thing that comes to mind is his smile. He had a way of turning a frown into a smile. He was treated everyone he met with respect. He will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Posted by Cathy D'Angiolini - Mount Carmel, PA   January 29, 2017

Sue, my heart is full of love and sympathy for you and your family. I pray you can find Peace and comfort in your memories. Thanks to God for sharing a really great man with us. His work is done. God Rest His Soul. Prayers for Peace in your heart.

Posted by Elizabeth Pellegrino Gieder - Essington, PA   January 28, 2017

Our sincere condolences to Sue and the entire family, Mike was truly a special person our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Paul and Penny The Hnat Family - West Chester, PA - Friend   January 28, 2017


We are so sorry to hear about Mike. We have such fond memories from our wedding of you two. We are here if you ever need anything.

Posted by Jess & Ben Prager - Brooklyn, NY - Friend   January 28, 2017

Uncle Mike, I'm going to miss you.

Posted by Edward D'Angiolini - Pottsville, PA - Family   January 27, 2017

So sorry to hear about Michael's passing.
Thoughts and prayers with family.
Carolyn Averell (Keyser)

Posted by A friend   January 26, 2017

Always a gentleman. Kind,supportive and a wonderful smile. Awesome grandfather to two beautiful little girls. For forty years of family and friendship, you will always be in our hearts . You will be missed dearly Rest In Peace

Posted by Margy Stief - Essington   January 26, 2017


Mike will always hold that special place in our hearts ... We love you Suzy !
Patti and John

Posted by pat costello - West Chester, PA - Family Friend   January 25, 2017


I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. His own light may now be gone but because of all the wonderful connections he made in his life he has left the world a brighter place. May his memory be for a blessing to all who knew and loved him.

Posted by Janet Jeddah and family - Syosset, NY, NY - Family   January 25, 2017

Mike was such a great man with an infectious smile. He will be greatly missed. Sending so much love to you all.

The Fiske/Kneafsey family

Posted by Dolan Kneafsey - Merion Station, PA - Family Friend   January 25, 2017

We send sincere condolences to Sue and Mike's entire family. We met Mike just once at a Duzy family reunion in Ocean City, NJ. We were certainly impressed with the kindness, sincerety of this fine gentleman. May he rest In peace. Love, Burch and Johanna Hindle

Posted by Burch and Johanna Hindle - Portsmouth, NH - Family Friend   January 25, 2017

Uncle Mike, we already miss you. Remembering the first time you met Morgan still puts a smile on my face!(She forgives you btw) I'll miss your advice, and we will always remember you. Godspeed

Posted by Mark D'Angiolini - Ringtown, PA - Family   January 25, 2017

My sympathy to Mike's Family. He was a good man and a valuable citizen to Tinicum Township.

Posted by Marjorie Charlier - West Grove, PA   January 25, 2017


Uncle Mike was an amazing and kindhearted man. I always remember him with a smile on his face. I wish I could make it home in time for this. Hugs to all my family! Love you Uncle Mike.

Posted by Samantha Coleman Severa - Abilene, TX - Family   January 25, 2017

Posted by A friend   January 25, 2017

RIP Mike, Prayers to Sue, Michael and the family during this difficult time.

Posted by Pat Weldon - Lester, PA   January 25, 2017


I sure am gonna miss you Buddy fly on angels wings heaven sure got a perfect angel on Sunday

Posted by J.Jurewic D'Angiolini - Mount Carmel, PA   January 24, 2017

My brother-in-law Mike was the nicest guy I've ever met . When I was growing up I always looked up to him for advice . Sometimes he needed to give me a lot LOL . I remember him teaching me about cars . He was the type of guy that was always there to lend you a hand . He was such a dedicated grandfather to Rose & Maggie. I will truly miss him .

Posted by Curtis Campbell - Prospect Park, PA - Family   January 24, 2017

My dearest cousin Mike,
You will forever be missed and in our hearts forever.
Lovingly, Diana and Mark

Posted by Diana VanDam - Norwalk, CT - Family   January 24, 2017

Very sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Our deepest sympathy, Bill, Barb and Gram

Posted by Barbara Hummel - Prospect Park, PA - Friend   January 24, 2017

The aspect I will always remember the most about Mike is how he always treated people with respect and dignity. Unlike most he was a real team member. I was happy to have known him.

Posted by Paul Willis - PA - Coworker   January 24, 2017

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