Obituary: Patrick ‘Pat’ Joseph Burns Aug. 8, 1952 – Sept. 17, 2015

PATRICK PAT JOSEPH BURNS Aug. 8, 1952 Sept. 17, 2015

Patrick “Pat” Joseph Burns, songwriter, musician, historian/editor, teacher, father, grandfather, brother and friend to so many, passed away suddenly on the evening of September 17, 2015, in Santa Fe, NM.

He was born in Albuquerque, NM, on August 8, 1952, to Jessica and Raymond Burns. Pat spent his entire life in the Northern New Mexico area. He loved to soak at Ojo Caliente Natural Hot Springs, take pictures of spectacular sunsets and truly appreciated the beauty that surrounded him. His driving passion, however, was always his music. Over the years, he has become a well-known performer in Taos and Santa Fe. Many of his compositions are on CD, including Burns (2015), Guitarra íntima del Río Grande (2013), Pat Burns (2011), General Merchandise (2008) and The Sagebrush Trio (2009, 2011). He also had songs on the following compilation CDs: New Mexico’s Best Country-vol.2 (“Honky Tonk Girls”), Albuquerque Does Oldies (“Just My Imagination”) and Taos Rocks (“What’s New?”).

He also spent many years researching and compiling letters and essays written by New Mexico literary icon, Edith Warner. Pat compiled them into a book titled, In the Shadow of Los Alamos: Selected Writings of Edith Warner, which was published in 2001 by the University of New Mexico Press. In addition, he edited and translated The Biography of Francisco Tárrega by Emilio Pujol with his mom, which was published in 2009. Francisco Tárrega was often called the “father” of guitar.

To know Pat, was to love him – his trademark grin, ready laugh, beautiful voice and generous spirit. He will be greatly missed by his fellow musicians and students, as well as his devastated family and friends. The sound of his music will live forever in their hearts.

He is survived by two daughters, two sons and ten grandchildren. Daughter Chanda Ruminer and her five children, Kayla Szalay, Krista Szalay, Kyle Szalay, Kellen Ruminer and Kendall Ruminer; daughter Corrina Smith and her two children, Chloe and Courtney Smith; son Christopher Burns and his three children, Ahvri, Blaiss and Oliver Burns; son Graham Burns and his child, Jayceon Burns. He is also survived by Graham’s mother, Stephanie Gooch-Burns who was married to Pat for 30 years and separated for the last five. His five siblings also survived him, Mike Burns, Tim Burns, Kathy Partch, Peggy Harper and Teresa Norris.

We all take comfort in knowing that Pat has a great new gig –participating in an eternal jam session. Please join us for a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the La Fonda in Santa Fe in the La Terraza room at 1:00pm. “In my mind I am a sailor too, sailing back home to you.” –Pat Burns and Tom Collins. Affordable Cremation & Burial, 505.262.1456.
 

 

Patrick “Pat” Joseph Burns, songwriter, musician, historian/editor, teacher, father, grandfather, brother and friend to so many, passed away suddenly on the evening of September 17, 2015, in Santa Fe, NM.

He was born in Albuquerque, NM, on August 8, 1952, to Jessica and Raymond Burns. Pat spent his entire life in the Northern New Mexico area. He loved to soak at Ojo Caliente Natural Hot Springs, take pictures of spectacular sunsets and truly appreciated the beauty that surrounded him. His driving passion, however, was always his music.

Over the years, he has become a well-known performer in Taos and Santa Fe. Many of his compositions are on CD, including Burns (2015), Guitarra íntima del Río Grande (2013), Pat Burns (2011), General Merchandise (2008) and The Sagebrush Trio (2009, 2011). He also had songs on the following compilation CDs: New Mexico’s Best Country-vol.2 (“Honky Tonk Girls”), Albuquerque Does Oldies (“Just My Imagination”) and Taos Rocks (“What’s New?”).

He also spent many years researching and compiling letters and essays written by New Mexico literary icon, Edith Warner. Pat compiled them into a book titled, In the Shadow of Los Alamos: Selected Writings of Edith Warner, which was published in 2001 by the University of New Mexico Press. In addition, he edited and translated The Biography of Francisco Tárrega by Emilio Pujol with his mom, which was published in 2009. Francisco Tárrega was often called the “father” of guitar.

To know Pat, was to love him – his trademark grin, ready laugh, beautiful voice and generous spirit. He will be greatly missed by his fellow musicians and students, as well as his devastated family and friends. The sound of his music will live forever in their hearts.

He is survived by his daughter Chanda Ruminer, and her five children: Kayla Szalay, Krista Szalay, Kyle Szalay, Kellen Ruminer and Kendall Ruminer; his daughter Corrina Smith, and her two children, Chloe and Courtney Smith; his son, Christopher Burns and his three children Ahvri, Blaiss and Oliver Burns; his son Graham Burns and his child Jayceon as well as Graham’s mom, Stephanie Gooch-Burns. He is also survived by five siblings: Mike Burns, Tim Burns, Kathy Partch, Peggy Harper and Teresa Norris.

We all take comfort in knowing that Pat has a great new gig – participating in an eternal jam session. Please join us for a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the La Fonda in Santa Fe in the La Terraza room at 1:00pm. “In my mind I am a sailor too, sailing back home to you.”-Pat Burns and Tom Collins. Affordable Cremation & Burial 505.262.1456.

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