Walter “Duffy” Burns, Jr. July 29, 1960 – June 11, 2018.
Duffy went home to be with the Lord after a three-and-a-half year battle with neck cancer, metastasized to lung and brain. Although his cancer was associated with firefighting exposures, Duffy remained passionate about his service as a firefighter paramedic, and thankful to God for blessing him with a meaningful career that allowed him to provide for his family and touch the lives of so many.
Preceded in death by father Walter, Sr. 1987, and wife Lisa Marie, 2010. Survived by children Nichole (Ryan), Jennifer, and Luke. Mother Barbara, and seven siblings: Rick (Sue), Tommy, Susie (Tom), David (Karen), Theresa, Barbie (Tyler), Katie (Brad). Numerous nieces and nephews.
Duffy was born in Rochester NY, where he began volunteer firefighting in the 1970’s, with Sea Breeze Fire Dept (Irondequoit). After moving to Washington State, Duffy joined Snohomish County Fire District 1, assigned to Station 11 and IAFF Local 1828. He served 26 years. In 2006, he trained as a paramedic through UW School of Medicine and Harborview Medical Center, class 33. After his cancer metastasized, Duffy retired in 2016, earlier than his heart desired.
Duffy was an honorable man; lovingly devoted to his family; and a dependable friend. His faith in the Living God and His Son Jesus Christ never wavered. Duffy was confident that God would redeem his death by deepening the faith of those who believe, and bringing others to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Memorial Service at North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek on June 22, 2018 at 12:00pm. Reception to follow. Out of respect for the family, burial service at Evergreen Cemetery will be private.
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