John Patrick Burnside, FDNY, heroically died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center attack. John was a 3-year veteran of the NYPD @ Central Park Precinct. The last 7 years, he served as one of NY's bravest amongst his friends and comrades of Ladder 20. John was actively pursuing a promotion by preparing for the FDNY Lieutenants exam while also representing his fellow FF as their Union delegate at Ladder 20.
John Burnside is survived by his forever loving wife, Sandra; his parents, William and Elizabeth Burnside; brother, Robert; sister, Ann Marie; and his adoring nieces and nephews who thought there was no greater man in the world, Stephen, Mikey, Billy, Amanda, Jenna, Nicolette and Alexis.
John will always be remembered for his musical talent as he was an avid guitar player/musician/ writer who strived for creativity and perfection; for his fanatical love of the Minnesota Vikings, for which he took much abuse from his friend and fellow FF @ Ladder 20; for his dedication and commitment, studying to make Lieutenant so he could further make a difference in this city; for this I hope you knew how proud we were. John is, and will always be, dearly missed by all who were fortunate to have known him. He gave willingly everyday to the City of New York as an upstanding citizen and proud FF who was just realizing his potential.
John you were a hero to me everyday @ home. Now you're a hero to the world and we'll all be forever proud. You will forever be in all our hearts and prayers till we meet again.
Memorial visitation, Thursday, November 15, 2001, 2- 5 & 7-9 P.M. at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Ave at 81 St. Memorial Mass, Friday, November 16, 2001 at 11:00 A.M. at Good Shepherd Church, Broadway at 207 St. SCJ.
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