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James E. Burrows Sr. -Belle Vernon

James E. Burrows Sr., 90, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, student, advocate and a good and kind man, died April 29, 2024 at Arden Court Memory Care, Jefferson Hills. Jim was born on May 24, 1933 to James A. and Madeline Burrows and was raised in Belle Vernon by his mother and extended family after his father died at a young age. He spent most of his adult life in Belle Vernon and Rostraver. He graduated from the former California State College and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees while working full-time at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Bettis. He taught history in the Elizabeth Forward School District for 36 years before retiring in 1998. A person of faith and lover of all types of music, from country to folk to opera, he enjoyed books, higher education, corny jokes, movies and good music. food. He was also an early conservationist and a longtime weightlifter who was admired for his strength. He enjoyed traveling, especially annual summer vacations to Bethany Beach, Del., with his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong learner and valued new experiences, playing football at Notre Dame, Pitt, Penn State and Wisconsin and spending time with family and friends. He was a graduate of Belle Vernon High School and was a longtime member of St. Sebastian Parish in Belle Vernon, where he and his wife of nearly 67 years, Eleanor Sulek Burrows, helped direct the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). He was also a member of the Holy Name Society and a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul store in Monessen, a labor of love and a source of pride. His commitment to community and civic responsibility led him to successfully run for a seat on the North Belle Vernon Borough Council in the 1980s. He supported his children and grandchildren, regularly attended sporting events and performances, helped with homework, built bonfires and took trips to playgrounds and parks in both Pennsylvania and Minnesota. His wife, Eleanor, who survives, was steadfast in her care of Jim during his long battle with dementia. The two met on a blind date more than seventy years ago and have been together ever since. They endured life’s ups and downs, just like they did on the Racer roller coaster ride they shared at Kennywood Amusement Park on one of their first dates. Early in their courtship, he surprised her by taking ballroom dancing lessons during her lunch break because she loved dancing so much. Together they enjoyed traveling, musical theater, soccer and watching their grandchildren learn and grow. Survivors also include three children, Angela Burrows (Joe Napsha) of Greensburg, Carol Walkush (Buck) of Rostraver and Jim Burrows (Steph Wolf) of Chanhassen, Minnesota; six beloved grandchildren, Annie Wozniak (Brandon) of Rostraver, Julie Walkush (Caleb) of Irwin, Joseph A. Napsha of Greensburg, Daniel Napsha of Brooklyn, NY, Kelli Felmlee (Charlie) of Chanhassen, Minnesota, and Sam Burrows (Alli) from Crystal, Minnesota; five great-grandchildren, Bryson, Taysom and Brynlee Wozniak and Nora and Henry Felmlee; a sister, Dorothy Sterdis of Finleyville; wonderful, longtime caregiver and friend, Carol Cintron of Rostraver; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the family owned and operated PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME & CREMATIONS LLC, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. The Transfer Prayer will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church with Msgr. Roger A. Statnick. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Coal Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Monessen Chapter, in memory of James Burrows. Condolences accepted on the funeral home’s website, www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.