68, of Venice, FL, formerly of Johnstown, PA, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017, suddenly and peacefully at the home he shared with the love of his life. Born September 2, 1949, Johnstown, PA, son of the late Charles and Janet (Truax) Burns. Survived by his beloved wife, Diane (Cintula) with whom he recently celebrated 50 years of marriage; two sons by whom he measured his success, Tim Burns (Eighty Four, PA) and Russell Burns (New York, NY); grandchildren, Brock and Trent Burns; sisters, Diane "Dee Dee" (Dan) Myers of South Fork, PA, and Sister Cindy Burns, CCW of Gallitzitin, PA. As the former proprietor of Burns Photography, which he operated for over 25 years alongside his wife and partner, he'd touched thousands of lives in the Johnstown community--capturing senior portraits and high school dances, little league games and weddings. His entrepreneurial spirit would lead them to run several successful business ventures throughout his lifetime, including a photography trade organization, a website company, and a marketing and printing business, among others; together they would build a company around an innovative product line that became a household name within the photography industry. But throughout, Ed always believed his family was his greatest success. In 2001 he moved to Venice to live and work with his wife and begin a new life he frequently referred to as "paradise". Together they volunteered at Oscar Scherer State Park and produced a website offering advice to new inhabitants of the state, punctuated with photographs of local wildlife. Together they enjoyed collecting sharks' teeth along the beach, as he'd done in his childhood vacations at Chesapeake Bay. In recent years they discovered a shared interest in genealogy, and traveled together to Slovakia to find family roots.
On October 21, 2017, Ed and Diane celebrated 50 years of marriage surrounded by family and friends. They toasted each other with champagne glasses etched with a phrase he'd often used to describe how he lived: "A Charmed Life." He will be long remembered as a loving father and husband who never faltered in his commitment to family, his greatest accomplishment his loving devotion to his wife.
Published on December 6, 2017