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Burns, Rosemary

Rosemary Burns of Calgary passed away peacefully in the company of her daughter, Francine, at the Beverly Centre on Monday, June 21, 2004 at the age of 79 years.

Rosemary began her musical career in New York City where she was a student of The Juilliard School of Music, followed by several years of singing in Europe, principally in Italy. She continued her career back in New York City by performing in many of the city’s finest night clubs. Rosemary moved to Toronto and became a Singing Instructor. In Rosemary’s later years she move to Calgary and developed a new family of friends at the Renoir.

Rosemary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Francine and David Swanson of Calgary; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Betty Cleary of Orillia, ON and Marjorie and Bill Corcoran of Vancouver, BC; a brother Ray Burns of Sarnia, ON; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Friday, June 25, 2004 at 11:00 A.M with the Rev. Jack Pereira, Presider. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. To forward condolences go to If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Voice Print, #304, 1010 – 1 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 7W7 Telephone: (403) 515-8430. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the many caregivers at the Renoir and Beverly Centre for all their tireless help.

In living memory of Rosemary Burns, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY, TELEPHONE: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. I have been thinking of Rosemary for a while now and wondered how she was and what happened to her. I wish I had known about her death. I would’ve come to celebrate her wonderful life. She was a magnificent woman who left a substantial impact on my life. Thank you Rosemary!

    Deanna Dubbin

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  2. Dan Hartland :

    Rosemary was my vocal coach in 1991-92 when she lived in Toronto near the West Mall. She was a kind, sweet and wonderful person. She helped me a lot and I will always remember her with the warmest thoughts of our talks and times together.

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  3. Roxanne Delage :

    I am a former singing student of Rosemary’s, at Sheridan College. I’m doing some research on her for a blog I am writing, and this is where I discovered that she had passed. I felt I should leave a note even though it’s been 11 years, just to tell you that Rosemary was a great talent and she changed my life… I’m grateful. I have not been able to find a photo of her. I wonder if I could request a digital copy from you, for use in my article? Respectfully, Roxanne (

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  4. Kathryn Thomson :

    I did not know that Rosemary had passed away. I lost touch with her when she moved to Calgary. She was my voice coach from 1991-1994. I was blessed to be one of her students. All these many years later I am still singing, because of her encouragement. Rosemary was an amazing teacher and a wonderful human being. After a long day at work I would go to my weekly lesson. There was always a hot cup of tea and a few minutes to chat. I will always have a place in my heart for her. She was one of a kind. Rest in peace, Rosemary.

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