Richard D. Burns

Richard D. Burns, 56, passed away at home in Annandale, Virginia on July 14, 2018.  He was a beloved friend, family man and dear colleague.  Richard is survived by his partner, Emma Dodson; his brother, Michael Dodge; his sister, Lea Dodge; and his children, John Dodson, Charles Thomas, Jr., and Tiffany Thomas.  He also leaves his grandchildren, John, Natalia, Serenity, Eli, Levi, Calyn, Pierce, Jazlyn, Ashton, Damian, Isabel and Sophia; his nieces and nephews, Michael Dodge II, Krystle Harrington, Alice Dodge, Bubba, Madison, and Jacob; and his great nieces and nephew, Eva, Kingston and Lana.  Friends received 4 – 8PM Wednesday, July 18 at Advent Funeral Services, Falls Church, where services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 19 at 11:ooAM.  An hour of visitation will precede the service.  Interment Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Herndon, Virginia immediately following service.

23 Responses to Richard D. Burns

  1. Heidi Jorgensen-Murphy says:

    My dear cousin. You have gone to be with your folks.
    We will miss you and the laughter you brought into our lives.

  2. Gary Maxwell says:

    Richard, you were a good friend and neighbor for many years. May you Rest In Peace.

  3. Marty Lee says:

    So so sad to read this. Richard was a wonderful person; I will miss him dearly. RIP my PA buddy!

  4. Melissa Mitrione says:

    I will miss you every day.
    Your spirit, the way you made me laugh and just your beautiful, sensitive soul.
    So very, very blessed to have had you in my life as my friend.
    May you now know how many lives you touched, and
    May you find your joy…..
    I love you.

  5. Greg Rinehart says:

    Richard, my good friend with an infectious smile – what a unique, fun-loving person who has left an unforgettable impression on anyone he met. I was so honored that he was a groomsman in my wedding – although he did ask me about the attire he should wear, which I just laughed about (if you know Richard, you know what the conversation was). I so enjoyed his love for life and the conversations we had. He is an exceptional, one of a kind man and I will miss him dearly.

  6. Susan Zikeli says:

    My heart aches with the thought of not seeing you the 2 or 3 times a year, to get my “Richard fix”. Your cards with ALL of your wisdom, your thesis on every subject under the sun, your loving care you took to groom your parents burial plots, your never-ending love of ALL of my family. Aunt Lea shared with me the other day that at Christmas one year she was telling you how much they were happy to have you participate in their holidays…your told her that they would have to share you with the Minteers (your Pennsylvania family). You were there for me in a minute’s notice in my hours of need and in my moments of happiness. You will be honored, memorialized and NEVER forgotten!! I love you my brother.

  7. Patty Shea Given says:

    My dearest Richie,

    Life will never be the same with you gone, my friend. You were just that important and I’ll miss you so much. You were sweet, generous and beautiful and I’ll love you forever.

  8. James G McTaggart says:

    You were a great person to work with. You will be missed .
    Jim & Pat Mc Taggart

  9. Linda Ellmore says:

    My friend Richard, What can I say? You are one of the nicest people I know, and I will miss seeing you at the health departments. You will be greatly missed. Goodbye my friend, RIP.

  10. Linda Everly Smith says:

    Every time you stopped by Everly-Wheatley just to say “hi” you brought joy and laughter to my day. You made this world a better place with all the love you showed to all.
    You will be missed!!

  11. Tiffany N Montgomery says:

    I love you pap pap. You will be forever missed. Love, the Boys, Emma and Tiffany!!

  12. Vicki Jorgensen says:

    I can’t believe I have lost my dear cousin. He was the kindest, most generous soul. He never came to visit without a gift and stories to brighten our lives. We all loved him dearly. Rest in peace, cousin. I miss you.

  13. Erich Geppert says:

    What a great friend. I will miss seeing you at the health departments. . RIP MY Friend

  14. Giovanni Ladaga says:

    Richard always had a kind word to say, it did not matter what it was about. It was always the sarcasm, the Richard humor I would call it. If he was in the office there was never dull moment. From your friends at Giosystems we will miss not having you around.
    To Richards family. Please accept our deepest condolences; May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

  15. Charles Plymire says:

    A gentle soul and sweet guy…always made me laugh. You will be dearly missed Richie. May you RIP.

  16. Greg and Suzanne Walley says:

    Everytime you were in Leesburg you would come by Colonial and bring us MandM’s and chat for a while we loved having you stop and say hi. We will all miss seeing you.

  17. Daun Thomas Frankland says:

    We are crushed by your sudden and early absence….your keen sense of humor, twinkle in your eye and constant smile will be missed. You never let on if you were having a bad day. You are a rare gem.
    Peace be with you,
    Your Columbia Gardens family

  18. Orlando Amaya says:

    This is so sad, my condolences to the familly

  19. Linda D. Lanier says:

    It has been an honor working with you for the past 6 years. Always professional, pleasant and funny. I will remember your great sense of humor and the laughs we had when you answered the phone in Falls Church and you and I would role play (wink). I will also remember our conversations about maintaining exceptional funeral service. The Advent team has lost a most valuable player. You will be missed, my meme.

  20. Alan Montano says:

    You touched the hearts of everyone you knew in your community. Thank you for teaching me what I know I couldn’t be more grateful, you truly were a mentor. Because of that, you brought the best out of everyone. Advent, myself and the whole community will keep you in our memories forever. Rest In Peace, dear friend, I have so many stories and laughter to share because of you. Thank you for bringing us happiness over so many years.

    • Aaron Young says:

      You nailed it.
      Richard was truly one of a kind.
      The most important thing I learned from Richard and his friendship was being able to realize that following your dreams, laughter, friends and family are the important things in life.
      I enjoyed my time working with him at Advent and miss those times, but the memories will last a lifetime.
      I miss my friend.

  21. Judy Brenner says:

    I am still trying to absorb the
    fact you have left us. Your smile, wit and personality were the very best ever. Bye my porch buddy, just have my coffee ready at 10 the day I arrive. Love you forever!

  22. Richard Thompson says:

    Rest In Peace

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