Showing posts with label William Aaron Burnes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label William Aaron Burnes. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Tribute to William Burnes on March 13th

My big bro has been cancer-free in heaven for 7 years now, and Grandpa hasn't had to deal with his bad heart for 57 years. I am remembering these great men today and how ironic that they both died on March 13th, exactly 50 years apart. I am so grateful that I will see them again someday. This is where my family history journey began. There were too many coincidences that left me wondering, and wanting to learn more. Now I know the truth and continue to learn about my family history; I love "connecting the dots". Let's take a moment to remember those who have gone before us, and are now free from their pains and sufferings.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

William Aaron Burnes Obituary

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My Brother The Prankster. How Will Met Adrian: by Joell

Note before reading:
Adrian Columb is Joell Sweeney Columb's husband. Joell writes the story of how Will & Adrian met and immediately "hit it off" because of a mutual "wicked sense of humor" they both shared. It's a really cool story. I didn't know this about Will. Read on:

How Will met Adrian by Joell:
I wonder if I ever told you about the friendship that Will and Adrian shared.  Will first met Adrian when I (Joell) was working with him on another of his recording projects.  They immediately hit it off because both shared a wicked sense of humor.  In fact Will shared with Adrian one of his devious ideas about making up a sales sheet of exotic meats to post on the bulletin board of the very liberal, vegetarian store Mother Truckers.  Adrian went on ahead with the idea and the next time he saw Will he presented him with the flier, complete with a varied selection of Spotted Owl burgers, California Condor bites, Arctic Seal filet's...and various other meat products of endangered species.  Will couldn't believe that Adrian had actually taken the time to make this up for him...he was so excited, he posted it up straight away.  Will also really like Adrian's music and encouraged me on more than a couple of occasions to start a band with him.  I think this is why when I met Adrian again after Will's passing I felt such a strong connection with's ironic how things happen.

~ Written By Joell Sweeney Columb

Note from Sarah: This is the actual flyer that Will & Adrian posted on the Mother Truckers Store in Nevada City. Joell kept it all these years.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The "Will" Ball - How it all Started!

My brother William Aaron Burnes lost his battle to cancer on March 13, 2006.  He was a Commercial Fisherman in Alaska for 10 years. I give you this information for a reason; read on!

My husband Brady and our daughter decided to go golfing one day at the Cedar Hills, Utah Golf course (just 3 months after my brothers passing). While on the course, Brady takes a few practice swings and is about to tee off on the first hole when a guy about 18 years of age who worked at the golf course said...
"hey, do you need a golf ball?" 
Brady said "no I have plenty"
He responded, "here have this one",
and without further hesitation, the young guy threw the golf ball to Brady. As Brady caught it, he saw the word "WILL" professionally printed on the ball. As he turned the ball around he saw a picture of a bear with a fish in it's mouth with the word "Alaska" printed below the image. Brady was speechless and overwhelmed at that moment. He knew that my brother Will was still with us, and he wanted it to be known.  

I often wonder who that boy was, and why he felt so impressed to give the ball to Brady even though he refused his offer. I also wonder where that ball came from in the first place. Was this a ball my brother had professionally designed while in Alaska and somehow through his hands, it made it back to us? I wish I knew. Someday I Will.

As Brady relayed this miraculous encounter to me, I knew at that moment what I was suppose to do; I needed to find our ancestors and continue Will's work. I tried to rethink the impossible scenario and mend my thoughts of  inadequacy, but the only form of genealogy I had was a restaurant napkin that Will wrote a few notes on before his passing; something I will treasure forever!  I knew nothing about my ancestors, how to begin, or how to build our family tree, but I knew I had a responsibility, and Will would guide me. I knew this!

For the past 6 years, the "Will" Ball has been in my office with an assurance that my brother is close by.  Today, we have over 7,000 ancestors that we are proud of and feel a strong connection to because of Will.  I picked up where he left off in his research and I am honored to be the vessel for his great work. 

William Aaron Burnes 
May 29, 1967 - March 13, 2006
Semper Fi  (Always Faithful)

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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