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Harold "Joe" Burns

September 30, 1931 ~ June 13, 2020 (age 88)

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Harold ‘Joe’ Burns, long time Newburyport resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at Anna Jaques Hospital on Saturday afternoon. Joe was a long time resident of Plum Island and those who know and love him will be happy to hear he was full of life, laughter and sarcasm until the very end.

Joe was a retired Korean War Navy veteran as well as a retired Firefighter for the Haverhill Fire Department. Joe is known for running the ‘Bette Marie’ restaurant on Plum island for many years, his hot dog stand at the point and most recently making his way between Mad Martha’s and the point on his blue scooter in the summer months. He was truly a pillar of the community. He’s most known for being a true friend and incredible person.

Joe is preceded in Death by his loving wife Elizabeth ‘Bette’ Burns along with several close siblings. He is survived by his three daughters; Jane Burns and partner Blane in Roanaoke, VA, Erin Todd and husband Jeff in Kensington, NH and his daughter Julie Lepage and husband John in Ossipee, NH.  Joe is also survived by his biggest fans- his grandchildren; Krysten Gallanagh and husband Daniel, Jeffrey Todd, Michayla Belanger and partner Colin, Colby Todd, Tyler Belanger, Taylor Todd and Mackenzie Belanger and her partner Slayd. He is also survived by his adoring great-grandchildren; Bristol, Ellie, Emelia, Boden and Eoin.

The family invites you to a celebration of Joe’s life on Sunday June 28th at 4pm at the point beach on Plum Island. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950 is assisting Joe’s family with his funeral arrangements.

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