Of Winthrop, formerly of Malden. Beloved husband of Marie Barron, OFD (“Originally From Dorchester”). Retired Undersheriff of Middlesex County and former Assistant District Attorney of Suffolk County. Graduate of Malden Catholic H.S., Suffolk University Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. Member of the Clover Club of Boston and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. Mr. Burns was a noted trial lawyer and was the proud recipient of the 2014 Gideon’s Trumpet Award for his Distinguished Service to the poor. The first-born son of the late Edward J. Burns of Malden and the late attorney Ruth I. (Mayer) Burns, also OFD. He is survived by his bold and beautiful sisters: Marie, and her husband Bruce MacFarlane of Billerica and Debloise, Maine, and their son Rob MacFarlane and his family of Lowell; Winifred of Charlestown; Irene of New York City; Catherine and her son Ryan, of Winchester. He is also survived by his brother Attorney Paul Burns of Marblehead, Paul’s wife Cheryl and their children Patrick and Carly. At the family’s request, immediate funeral services will be private and a celebration of Ed’s life will be held later this spring. Donations in his name are requested to be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or www.dana-farber.org/gift.