RUMFORD — John “Rae” Burns, 90, of Dixfield passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 10, at Rumford Hospital, following a brief illness, with loving family at his side.

He was born in Rumford on February 16, 1927, a son of John R. and Rose M. (Paradis) Burns.

Rae was educated in Mexico schools.

He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy in C Company Platoon 4.

Rae retired from Boise Cascade as a maintenance supervisor, after 40 years of employment and was a member of their 25- and 40-year clubs.

He enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, his trips to Roxbury Pond, and four-wheeling with his brother, Cecil.


Rae could often be found tinkering in his garage. He would tackle any job, never wanting any help, but would be the first one to help someone else with a project.

He was well known for having one of the sportiest and cleanest cars in town.

Rae was an avid Red Sox, Patriots and NASCAR fan; he especially liked Dale Earnhardt.

Surviving is his wife, Lillian Burns of Dixfield; children, Mark Burns and wife, Pauline, of Gray, Marcia LaPierre and husband, Craig, of Gorham, and Maryann Burns of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren, Nathan Burns, Megan McDevitt and husband, Brendhan, Corey Burns and wife, Amanda, Courtney Grater and husband, Patick, Taylor LaPierre and Spencer LaPierre; great-grandchildren, Deacon McDevitt and Hattie McDevitt; a special niece, Jolene Lovejoy; many other nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Geraldine Burns of Rumford; and a brother-in-law, John Volkernick Sr. and wife, Jean, of Rumford; and special family friend, Terri Bellmore of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Virginia Gaudet; and five brothers, Maxwell Burns, George Burns, Harry Burns, Fr. T. Lee Burns, and Cecil Burns.

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John “Rae” Burns

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