Robert “Bob” Michael Burns A lifelong resident of Chelmsford

Robert “Bob” Michael Burns, 71, a lifelong resident of Chelmsford died Sunday afternoon, July 5, 2020 at his home with his caring wife, Faye L. (Gallegos) Burns, and family at his side.

Born in Lowell, he was the son of the late Christopher and M. Eileen (Duffy) Burns. He graduated from Chelmsford High School with the class of 1966, Springfield College with a BS in Criminal Justice, and Masters in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria.

He proudly served with the Army National Guard from 1968 to 1972.

Bob retired as a Sergeant from the Chelmsford Police Department. He was a past member of NEMLEC.

He enjoyed New England sports especially the New England Patriots. He also enjoyed white water rafting and vacationing with his family in Waterville Valley.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Christopher Burns and his companion Anna McNicholas of Beverly, MA, and Cameron Burns of Chelmsford, MA; daughter, Valerie Coonradt and her husband Jacob of Brookline, NH; grandchild, Orion Coonradt; sister, Marilyn Leclair of Chelmsford, MA; In laws, Louis and Jeanne Gallegos of Utah; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service on Wednesday, July 15 from 10am to 12 noon with family sharing at Noon at DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 Middlesex St. Chelmsford, MA 01863. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, CHELMSFORD, MA 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

11 Condolences for Robert “Bob” Michael Burns A lifelong resident of Chelmsford

    Ernie Woessner

    So sorry to learn of the passing of my friend and former coworker. Bob and I shared many interesting and fun times together both on and off the job to include annual trips to red sox spring training and many nights playing team trivia. Bob was the consummate police officer and loved his job. He was true friend and I will miss his company. Rest in peace and I will see you on the other side.


    Richarda Duffy Momsen

    My cousin, Bobby, was kind and thoughtful to me and my family, especially to my dad, Charles Duffy. Bobby even came to Arlington National Cemetery to show his respects at my dad’s funeral, despite it being a forbiddingly fierce, cold day. I remember his empathy to me and to my brother when we were children, grieving our mother’s death. A good man!
    My condolences to his wife Faye and to his children Chris and Valerie. And to my cousin, Marilyn. Your hearts must ache.

    Richarda Duffy Momsen


    Carol Kivlan Comins

    Dear Faye and family,
    I have fond memories of Officer Burns. Gone are the days when the kids in town knew all the officers like we did as kids. He was a great guy.


    Pat and Dave Conrad

    Our condolence to Bob’s family. He was a gentleman, classmate at CHS 1966, North neighbor, and policeman. May you rest in peace Bob.


    Diane and Marty van Buren

    We have fond memories of watching our children learn figure skating and hockey. Bob was a good friend to us. With sympathy.


    Ret. Chief Ray McCusker

    I was sorry to hear of Bobs passing he was a good officer and a valued member of the CPD Supervisors during my administration. May he Rest In Peace.


    Mike Casey

    Sgt. Burns,
    Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice-stirs the for our Country and Massachusetts when you served with the MAARNG and later for the citizens of Chelmsford when you served with CPD. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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