Reverend Carman G. Burns
1934 - 2020
Reverend Carman G. Burns
Service Information
Service Date
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Service Time
Private Funeral
Service Location
First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro
Burial Information
Burial Date
June 3, 2020
Burial Location
Watson Cemetery, 1997 East Prince Street, Salmon River
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Reverend Carman G. Burns (B.A., M DIV) – 86, Truro, passed away Sunday morning, May 31, 2020, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Carman was born in Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick, and was the eldest son of the late Harry and Alice (Allen) Burns.

He attended school at Cape Tormentine and at Port Elgin and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University. He studied theology at Pine Hill Divinity Hall; he graduated in 1961 and was ordained by Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada in the same year. Following ordination, Carman served the church faithfully and well in the following pastoral charges: Nashwaak in Fredericton Presbytery, Red Bank and New Brandon in Miramichi Presbytery, and River John – West Branch in Pictou Presbytery. In all of them he was a dedicated Minister of Word, Sacraments and Pastoral Care. He served on many Presbytery committees and was an active member of several Conference committees. He served as Chair of Miramichi and Pictou Presbytries and was a member of the Conference Executive and a Commissioner to the General Council.

Carman had two children and is survived by his son, Dr. Peter (Tammy) Burns. His beloved daughter, Lesley, died in 1980. He married Alice Hurry in 1986 who has three daughters – Bonnie Hurry (Joffre Ducharm), Janice Hurry (Mickey Davison) and Tanya Hurry (David Collins). He had six grandchildren – Kelson, Sarah and Owen Burns, and Dr. Kate Collins (Siavash Farazman), Amy Fraser (Andrew Fraser) and Sam Collins. He had one great grandson, Logan Farazman. Carman was predeceased by his brother, Wayne (Florence), Wasaga Beach, Ontario, and is survived by his brother, Ronald (Claudette), Alfred, Ontario.

Carman was a past president of United Alumni Association of Pine Hill Divinity Hall, a longtime member of its Executive, and in 2004 was elected Alumnus of the year. He chaired Pine Hill Sites Marking Committee. Carman retired in 1996 and he and Alice took up residence in Truro. He was active in pursuing his hobbies of gardening and fishing. He has supplied pastoral charges in Truro and Pictou Presbyteries and in the Bermuda Synod. An active participant each year in the United Church Camp Meeting Association, Carman served as Superintendent of Worship. In Truro Presbytery he was chair of Records and Archives, a member of Pastoral Relations and Pastoral Oversight Committee, a member of Theology and Worship Committee, and a member of Property and Finance Committee.

Owing to Covid-19, a small group of immediate family will gather at First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2020 for a funeral service that will also be broadcast simultaneously on the internet. (Link may be found in the left column on Carman’s obituary page.) If so desired, donations in Carman's memory to First United Church are welcomed.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Carman’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:

Reverend Carman G. Burns