Date of Death: July 11, 2021
In accordance with family wishes, cremation has been conducted, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Gregory Paul Burnsky, 73, of Three Rivers, Michigan, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021.
He was born May 22, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Paul and Marian (Smith) Burnsky. The family moved from Park Forest, IL. to Rockville, MD where Greg attended his senior year and graduated from Robert E. Peary High School. He returned to Michigan to receive his Associate in Applied Science degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College to become an engineer. He also sold real estate and worked at H&H Farms.
Besides having great wit and sense of humor, he was very artistic and creative on so many levels. Building model ships, wood carvings and making beautiful stained glass. His one very large macrame won first prize at the St. Joseph County Fair. He was described as a gentle soul who loved to travel, snow ski, play cribbage and ponder deep thoughts. He was always ready to help those in need and was a very unassuming man.
Remaining to cherish his memory are his sisters, Paula Behrens (Bruce), Bradenton, FL, Madeline Macdonald (Dave), Silver Spring, MD and Marlene Burnsky (Chris Hallvik) Reno, NV and his brother P.J. Burnsky (Donna), Olney, MD. Loving uncle to Marissa Behrens Downs, Dr. Brie Behrens Muller, Paul Burnsky, Ryan Burnsky, Jon Burnsky as well as loving cousins and extended family and friends.
Donations in Gregory’s memory may be directed to COPD Foundation and Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home.
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To my only brother: you were there for me from the moments I developed my first memories.
Your presence is etched deeply into the recesses of my mind. So many common occurrences in my daily life spark an image of you. You live on within all of us that loved you. I’m grateful to have shared this time with you on this Earth. The pain of live has passed, the sting of death is defeated, eternal peace prevails. I’ll miss you, Bro. Love, P.J.
We all will miss your crazy stories, Greg. How lucky we were to grow up together at the lake. We have a lifetime of memories of campfires, games and partying. It feels strange to walk by the house and know you aren’t there. Rest well, my friend.
Many good memories of Greg. He loved Bob Dylan and my dad playing the harmonica like Dylan.
Every time our family visited the Burnsky family, his dad Paul would make him take us kids into DC to see the monuments and sights. I’m sure that was the last thing he wanted to do, but he took a car full of kids out for the day and we loved it. I always thought he was so cool. RIP Greg.
Karen Paulick Byrnes
Also Mike & Steve Paulick
Rest In Peace my friend. We had so many good times. No more pain. See you soon.
Rest in peace, my friend. It’s been a long ride. Wayne Funk
Rest in Peace Dear Greg.Sending love & prayers for your whole family…You are truely at peace…🌈⚘🙏🏼🕯🕊
Best friends in jr. and high school. Best friend I ever had. Together, we learned to laugh and sing. He made up his own words for Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. When I sang bass in the Asheville Choral Society I often thought of Greg and, of course, smiled. Bet he got to heaven before the devil knew he was gone.
Thank you John, your words brought tears to my eyes. What a loving tribute to my dear brother, Greg, he is missed very much.