Monday, April 19, 2010

Sarah's 7 Generations at a Glance

Sarah Marie Burnes > R.E.Burnes > William Emry Burnes > George Fredrick Burnes > James Jay Burnes > George Washington Burnes > William Burnes

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The William Burnes Correlation

William Aaron Burnes, grandson of William Emry Burnes. Both US Soldiers. Both named William Burnes. Both were the oldest sibling. Both died on March 13th, exactly 50 years apart. Coincidence??? I don't think so! This is where our story begins.

William Aaron Burnes Bio

William: 'wil' (will, desire) and 'helm' (helmet, protection).

William Aaron Burnes, a man with a STRONG WILL, fought a courageous battle against cancer, but lost the fight on March 13, 2006.  However, as many can attest, he lives on beyond the veil where the human eye cannot see. 

William was born in Napa, California on May 29, 1967 to Ronald Eugene Burnes & Linda Ann Johnson Burnes.  He was the Grandson of William & Ruth Burnes, and Aaron & Gloria Johnson, and was given the name William Aaron in honor of these two Grandfathers.

He lived life to the fullest and succeeded in all that he did.  “Work hard, play hard with a dose of humor” was his motto.  As a marine in the 3rd Recon Battalion for 5 years, he attended the Maritime Fire Academy.  He was passionate about the work he did as a Commercial Fisherman and a Chief Engineer Contractor.  He was well known for his creative talent and ability to build anything to which he set his mind. Classic cars brought him a great deal of pleasure, starting with his beloved 1978 yellow Camaro.  His travels took him to countries like Korea, Norway, Germany, Greece, Paris, England, and Japan, and enjoyed scuba diving in some of these remote waters. He loved to read positive books by authors such as C.S. Lewis and Lance Armstrong. He admired influential people like; Ronald Regan, WWII Soldiers and tough wild west Cowboys.

As the oldest of 11 children, Will provided an example to his siblings and extended family.  He had the desire to assist those less fortunate and was instrumental in helping many get a fresh start in life.  A strong passion for life, and his faith in God inspired by his Christian beliefs, empowered him to love deeper, give more, and fly higher than most could ever dream.

Before his passing, he felt a great connection with his ancestors and began learning more about them.  It was not long before they began calling him home. The pain was gone and he was welcomed into heaven by loved ones excited to see him again. 

“Think of him still as the same, I say, He is not dead, he is just away”.  - James Whitcomb Riley

William Aaron Burnes: May 29, 1967 – March 13, 2006

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Brother; William Aaron Burnes 1967-2006

William A. Burnes with fiancee Joell Sweeney

William A. Burnes with grandma Ruth Imogene Burnes

William A. Burnes photographing his pretty awesome garden in Grass Valley, California
10 Fun Facts about William Aaron Burnes:
  1. He was born on May 29, 1967
  2. He was the oldest of 11 children
  3. He played baseball as a child
  4. His first car was a yellow camero
  5. He was a US Marine in the 3rd Recon Battalion
  6. He was a Commercial Fisherman
  7. He never married but left behind a beautiful fiancee; Joell Sweeney
  8. He died on March 13, 2006 on the exact day, 50 years after his grandfather; William Burnes.
  9. He was born in Napa, California. (no my parents didn't grow wine :)
  10. He enjoyed scuba diving in many remote waters throughout the world.
William A. Burnes with Jasper the dog (his fiancee's dog)

William A. Burnes & Joell Sweeney holding his nephew; James Burnes

William A. Burnes with younger brother John Burnes (age 17)

William A. Burnes

William A. Burnes with brothers John Burnes & Ron Burnes (on left) and Grandma Ruth Burnes

William A. Burnes with sister and Bass Guitarist, Jen Burnes

William A. Burnes - US Marine - 3rd Recon Battalion

William A. Burnes kissing an Iceberg in Alaska

William A. Burnes - Commercial Fisherman - Anchorage, Alaska

William A. Burnes with brother James Burnes

William A. Burnes with co-workers on an iceberg in Anchorage, Alaska

William A. Burnes with Fiancee, Joell Sweeney

William A. Burnes in Greece

William A. Burnes (right) with brother James Burnes (left) and friend Dillon Petty (middle)

William A. Burnes getting dirty on the job as a commercial fisherman in Alaska

William A. Burnes & Fiancee Joell Sweeney with sister Sarah Burnes Heiner & Brady Heiner 
(brother in law)

William A. Burnes - Commercial Fisherman - Anchorage, Alaska

William A. Burnes with neice & nephew; Kayden Burnes & Havannah Burnes

Will's Obituary; Click here
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