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.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following organizations:

Bible League (; Medic One Foundation (; International Association of Fire Fighters (

8 Responses

  1. Ellie

    Duffy was a loving father. He appreciated his family. Duffy was a kind and helpful uncle, and brother to my daughter, April, her children, and her Spouse Brian. I knew Duffy through April and Brian. I really enjoyed the times I interacted with him at family gatherings. You will be so missed Duffy. So many people loved and admired you.

  2. Terry Duerr

    Love you Duffy kindest person I ever met

  3. Clint Compton

    My friend and brother in Christ – we loved you and now will miss you till we are celebrating together with Jesus and all the saints in glory.
    Jennifer, Nichole and Luke, be strong in the Lord and draw on the love you have for each other.
    Clint and Christy

  4. Lori (Heimann) Williams

    I’m thankful to have known Duffy when we were kids. Truly one of the most kind, genuine people I’ve ever known. While
    Heaven’s gain is our loss, I’m so glad we shall meet again one day.
    Praying for the family and countless friends who miss you.

  5. Calan & Christopher Charlton & Judy Foster

    Nichole, Jennifer, and Luke:

    Our deepest and sincerest sympathy goes out to you all. Duffy was a good, wholesome, humble, and godly man. We are thankful and blessed to have been able to get you know him and to have gotten the blessing of having you all in our family’s life. God brought our families together someway on earth, and we look forward to God reuniting us all again.

    Duffy’s loving heart will live on through you all. We admired him and loved him, and we will do our best to honor his name by showing the same love and sacrifice for our family, church, and community.


    The Charlton Family (Judy, Christopher, and Calan)

  6. Sheri Skidmore

    I’m grateful to have known Duffy a bit through his sister, Susie. Praise God for Duffy’s unwavering faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Lord and Savior and may Duffy’s prayers for that faith in his family and friends to be full and sure be revealed in each and every one.

  7. Nancy

    To the family I am so sorry about your loss. Although I Didn’t know Duffy I heard he was a great person. I pray that the family and friends will be consoled by the Lord Jesus.
    With deepest sympathy
    Nancy Paul

  8. Vincent Heslop

    I met Duffy through his daughters, Jen and Nic in about 1990. As his daughters Stepfather, I had the great pleasure and honor of sharing my life with them and getting to know Duffy. Duffy was special to me, mostly because of our common goal, but also because of the graciousness in which he shared his daughters with me. He alllowed me a place at every milestone event and treated me like family. We had wonderful private moments of joy and pride over the girls, that I will never forget. He was a very private man, which made me appreciate his kindness in those moments, even more. You can see all of the very best of Duffy in his children. I believe that is the best way that they honor him…

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