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Patrick Burns of Glace Bay Leaves $200,000 in Will for the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation

(Cheryl Gallagher (right), sits with her daughter Adrienne (left) and granddaughter Layla (middle). Cheryl is the daughter of the late Patrick Burns left a generous gift in his Will to our Foundation.)

The Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation is honoured to announce a $200,000 gift left in the Will of a generous donor, the late Patrick (Patty/Paddy) Burns of Glace Bay.

Patrick Joseph Burns died on August 17, 2020. His daughter, Cheryl Gallagher, on behalf of her siblings, Kim Luke, and Todd and Stanley Burns, proudly notified the Foundation of their father’s earmarked donation – $100,000 toward the NICU and $100,000 toward the Cape Breton’s new Cancer Centre.

“We are immensely proud of our father’s life journey and legacy of giving,” says Cheryl, on behalf of the Burns family. “His generosity will continue to touch the lives of many in the future, just as it did in the past.”

Pat’s children say they were raised knowing family comes first, and that supporting community and helping those less fortunate were values near and dear to their father’s heart. 

Two of Pat’s grandchildren, Adrienne and Joshua, were born prematurely and spent weeks in the NICU at the local hospital. One of his brothers, George, with whom he worked, succumbed to cancer. Both of these experiences touched Pat profoundly and led to his special affinity for both the NICU and the Cancer Center at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

“We are honoured to receive this incredible donation from Patrick Burns and his family,” says Cheryl Marsh, Manager of Philanthropy at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation. “He certainly has left a lasting impact on Cape Breton’s healthcare, and we’ll work to ensure his legacy lives on.”

Pat had a natural entrepreneurial spirit, and a drive to build a life for him and his family. Quitting school as a young teen, Pat went on to join the Navy. In the early 1970’s, he opened Pat Burns Painting, and in 1981 the business became incorporated as Pat Burns Painting Contractors Ltd. In 2015, Patty was named Irving Schwartz Business Person of the year.

Learn more about Pat’s story by tuning into this CBC Mainstreet CB interview with his daughter, Cheryl Gallagher.