Burns, Pat

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Date of Birth 1952-04-04 St.-Henri, Montreal, Quebec

Date of Death 2010-11-19 Maison Aube-Lumière, Sherbrooke, Quebec

Cause of death: colon cancer which eventually spread to his lungs

Also known as Patrick Burns

Pat Burns was an NHL coach from 1988 until 2004. He coached Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey.  he was the only man voted the National Hockey League’s coach of the year three times (1989, 1993 and 1998).


Burns battled colon and liver cancer in 2004 and 2005, and hoped he had beaten the disease, but in January 2009 doctors discovered it had spread to his lungs.

Interment Info

The funeral service for the late Pat Burns will be held Monday, Nov. 29 at 2:30 pm at Montreal’s Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, 1085 rue de la Cathédrale. Burns died at the hospice Maison Aube-Lumière (220 Kennedy St. N., Sherbrooke, J1E 2E7) He was cremated and his remains were put into an urn shaped like the Stanley Cup.  It is not known publicly where the urn resides.

Follow Stephanie Allen:

I learned my love of “spirit walking” from my Mother, Barbara Ann Scott. My Mum was an avid genealogist who spent many days in cemeteries in Ontario, Quebec and Scotland. I joined my Mother on many of these research visits and found that I was really moved by some of the inscriptions, the dates and trends. I realized that much could be learned about the local history of an area by examining the cemeteries. I have continued to be inspired to visit cemeteries in communities even if I don’t know anyone who is interred there. I have stumbled upon former Canadian Prime Ministers, artists and athletes. I have also discovered many small communities and vanished villages near and far from home. This web site is about acknowledging the many great Canadians who shaped the Canada I know.

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