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Sara Mae Helen Burns


Sara Mae Helen Burns Sara Mae Helen Burns

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of our hero Sara Mae Helen Burns (Pirie). Sara passed away suddenly, in the line of duty as she and her fellow heroes at the Fredericton Police Force protected the citizens of our great city.

Sara was born on July 5th, 1975 in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and nothing made her prouder than to share the roots of her family heritage. Sara is survived by her husband Steven, sons Duncan, Malcolm and Anderson, Mother Marjorie Pirie, Father David Pirie, brother Rory, sister Emma and niece Skye, her special daughter in spirit Destiny Davidson, mother and father in law Joyce Burns and Tracy Burns, her beloved puppies, Murphy and Coco, and her horse, Grimsby. She also leaves her Aunty Joan, Qualicum Beach British Columbia, cousins Peter Owen-Jones and his family in England as well as David and Timothy Horsley and their families in British Columbia, Aunty Sue, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and cousins Fiona Bowes, her husband Aiden, David and Graeme Jamieson and Catriona Jamieson and their families all in England.

Sara lived in St Andrews, Fife until the age of 2 and moved with her family to Papua New Guinea for a short time until finally settling in Canada at the age of seven. Sara married the love of her life, Steven, on July 2nd, 1999 and soon after they started their family together. Sara was a very private person but those who knew her, knew her well. She loved helping others, technology and animals, especially dogs and panda bears

Sara was a stay at home mom for over 14 years as she raised her three beautiful boys, the three shining stars of her life. At the age of 40, she decided to fulfill her lifelong dream and become a police officer. She attended Holland College Police Sciences program and represented her entire team as course leader. After her successful completion in 2015, her goal was only half complete. The other half of her dream was to become a full member of the Fredericton Police Force. In March of 2016, she was officially sworn in as regiment number 401. Not a day would go by when she didn’t say aloud, for everyone to hear, "I love my job".  

Our family would like to express our deepest condolences to her fallen hero Constable Robb Costello’s family and the two civilian families they so desperately tried to help. We would also like to thank all of the members of the Fredericton Police Force who came to her side and the first responders for their courageous efforts during a difficult time. Please know that she loved each and every one of you and was proud to serve beside you.

Visitation will be held at the Fredericton Convention Centre 670 Queen Street, Fredericton on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-9 PM. The Regimental Funeral Service will be held at the Aitken Center 20 MacKay Dr, Fredericton on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at 1:00 PM.

The Burns family has established the Sara Burns Police Memorial Fund in support of numerous local charities and donations may be made through the Fredericton Community Foundation.
Service Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Service Time
Service Location
The Regimental Funeral Service will be held at the Aitken Center 20 MacKay Dr, Fredericton

Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Visitation Time
2-4 & 6-9
Visitation Location
Fredericton Convention Centre 670 Queen Street, Fredericton

Burial Location
At a later date

Requested Charity
Fredericton Community Foundation - Sara Burns Police Memorial Fund