Terence “Terry” Guy Adair Burns was born on 5th Nov 1937, Guy Fawkes Day, at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. Adair was the family name on his mother’s side, and everyone called him Terry. His parents were Jack Isaac 'Wolf' Rosenberg and Peggy Burns, who met in the midst of economic depression and a growing fear of the onset of the second world war. While engaged to be married, war and interference prevented them from ever marrying. Around the time Burns was nine years old, his mother married John Jones. They had a son, Burns' half-brother David Jones, famous singer, songwriter, and actor David Bowie.
Sharp in academics and a diligent student, Burns developed a refined taste for music and was well-read and cultured by his early teens and adulthood. In the 1950s, inspired by authors and musicians of the Beat Generation, he enjoyed reading the writings of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg and listening to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan and other talented jazz musicians of the social and literary movement. Like his younger brother David, he also liked writing music and singing in local pubs.
Burns was a veteran of the British Royal Air Force, having served from November of 1955 to November 1958. In his lifetime, he faced some of the most difficult circumstances with strength and courage and was sadly a victim of suicide, losing his life at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, Surrey. Burns was a loving son, nephew, cousin, brother, and compassionate friend and was loved dearly by his Aunt Pat and family.
In Heaven You Rest, No Worry, No Pain
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thanks to Aurorae Little♥UE for creating Terry's memorial and for her expertise in collecting and compiling information in honor of Terry’s memory and those who loved him.
Terence G Burns
5th Nov 1937-16 Jan 1985
Still loved & sadly missed
Pat & Tony
Ashes ~ cremated