Christopher Burns

Christopher Alan Burns, Esq.

Friday, August 27th, 1965 - Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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Christopher A. Burns, Esq., 55, of Mountain View Ave, Hurley, died Thursday, August 27, 2020 at HealthAlliance Hospital, Broadway Campus, following a brief battle with cancer. His family expresses their gratitude for the wonderful care and support provided to Chris by Hospice.

He was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 27th, 1965, a son of the late David and Patricia (Miles) Burns.

Chris attended Loyola Marymount University, California as an undergrad and New England School of Law in Boston earning his law degree in 1999. He practiced law in Kingston as a licensed attorney for over 20 years from his firm, Christopher A. Burns PC.

Chris also served as Kingston’s First Ward alderman in 2004 and 2005, and was a member of Kiwanis Club of Kingston and the Kingston Elks Lodge.

An avid NY Mets and NY Giants fan, he enjoyed announcing as a sports broadcaster with 1490 WKNY Radio. He also enjoyed fishing, especially in Lake Placid and loved golfing and his membership at The Twaalfskill Club.

Chris is survived by his wife of 15 years, Paula (Wood) Burns, his children Gillian Burns and Jessica Burns, all of Hurley, his stepson, Sean Patrick White, Jr. of Kingston, one brother Damon Burns, and his son Devan Burns, of Kingston, and his mother-in-law, Ellen Hayes of Port Ewen. Also surviving are numerous loving relatives and dear friends.

In following Chris's directives the service will be private. Cremation will be held at Wiltwyck Crematory. The family will receive friends at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Face coverings are required and social distancing will limit visitor capacity in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in Chris's memory to either:
Kingston Elks Lodge,143 Hurley, Kingston, NY 12401 or
Kiwanis Club of Kingston, PO Box 3161, Kingston, NY 12402
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David Daw

Posted at 02:02pm
Thank you Chris for always being there for me and my family. You are missed beyond words. 🙏🙏

Andrea Gamalski

Posted at 05:38pm
My most sincere condolences to the Burns family. Although we were not lifelong friends, as a colleague Chris was a fearless, passionate advocate for the underdog. He helped a lot of people throughout his legal career and was very generous with his time. I consider myself to be one of those fortunate enough to know him. I am very sorry for the loss of this talented, lovable spirit.

Kathleen H. Dittus

Posted at 08:49pm
Dear Family and Friends,
You have my deepest and most sincere sympathy. I was so sadly surprised to see today's paper. I remember Chris with a big heart. I had a case with Chris where he represented a client with little or nothing. When I dropped off papers for Chris at his office, that client was doing yard work for him. I enjoyed working with Chris very much. I can only imagine the great loss you are feeling. Let your wonderful memories provide some comfort. Kathleen H. Dittus

Stacey Newman

Posted at 02:42pm
Dear Burns family and loved ones,
I am so very very sorry for your awful, untimely loss. I met Chris 7 years ago when I retained him as my attorney. At that point, he was just an attorney, but after 7 years of being by my side, fighting for me through a complicated divorce, he became my friend. I know that he did not fight for me just because he was my attorney but also because he wanted to see me get fair treatment. I cannot tell you what it meant to me to have him by my side throughout this process, he will be so sorely missed. I sit here crying for my own loss of a friend but even more so for yours. My thoughts are with you.

Rana Spada

Posted at 10:56am
Dear Paula, Gillian, Jessica, and Sean,
I am so sorry to hear about Chris. I just saw the obituary in the paper this morning. The first memory that comes to mind was formally meeting Chris at the Saint Joseph's school auction when he was the auctioneer. He was quite the character! My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I know it has been a while since we have seen each other, but I wanted you to know that I was thinking about you and the kids.
Thinking of you,
Rana Spada

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