Numismatic Literature dealer John H. Burns was laid to rest yesterday morning in Greensburg, PA.
Pat McBride writes:
Numismatic book dealer John H. Burns and his parents' (Henry and Vivian) cremated remains were laid to rest with a graveside service on Saturday morning June 7, 2014. John is interred at Union Cemetery, Greensburg, PA.
John’s father served in the U.S. Air Force on Tinian Island during the preparations for the Enola Gay’s famous mission during World War II.
Our plan is to have a military marker placed at the grave along with a marker for John.
The generous contributions to the John Burns Memorial Fund made this possible. If you would like to contribute please go to the PAN website
In the June 2014 issue of the PAN eNEWS, Pat recounted the famous meatball story I told at John's memorial dinner. Here it is.
One of the many highlights of the night was Wayne Homren’s hilarious story about the 1988 visit to prominent numismatic book collector Armand Champa’s personal library and the follow up dinner that John was invited to and was disappointed in that it wasn’t at Armand’s usual excellent steakhouse that John was so looking forward to along with that big free steak.
Armand reassured him that the selected Italian restaurant was equally as good but John was not easily convinced. Armand took it upon himself to discreetly call the chef in advance and asked him to prepare a special dish with the emphasis on red meat for his special large friend.
As the numismatic luminaries were seated the chef appeared and placed before John’s eyes the largest meatball on a bed of spaghetti that the roomful had ever seen. The look on Burns’ face and the roar of laughter was priceless.
Armand passed away in 1997. I am sure John Burns and Armand are now recalling that special night and the great memories and numismatic book tales that were the passion that they each shared.
Rest in Peace, Big John.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
FINAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR JOHN H. BURNS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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