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This cartoon was done by Carol Query in 1995 at the time of Jerry Burns’ first heart attack, and
‘his indomitable spirit continues to work its way into all the stories of Jerry and his life,’ a
spokesperson for the Blowing Rock Historical Society said. ‘Seventeen years later, we are still
marveling at the man who gave us so much to think about as he celebrated life’s big and small
moments, making lemonade if lemons were what the day yielded.’

Originally published: 2012-06-15 10:13:06
Last modified: 2012-06-15 10:16:07

Life of Jerry Burns to be celebrated Monday

When the Blowing Rock town commissioners approved the idea of annually celebrating the life of a man who gave so much to the village — Jerry Burns — his birthday, June 18, was chosen as the day.
 “The format will retain the simplicity of true feelings of caring and sharing the simple joys of life here in Blowing Rock. Jerry was a genius at finding the right sentiment in a small, but engaging manner,” said a spokesman for the Blowing Rock Historical Society. 

The Blowing Rock Historical Society invites Burns’ admirers and friends to a gathering where the group will share stories, reminisce and surely, laugh. “Join us on the lawn of Edgewood Cottage by the white oak  (marble) tree at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 18,” the spokesman said.

If the weather continues to “drip a bit of rain,” the group will move inside. “Just come as you are with a funny story and an eagerness to join other Burns’ fans in saluting a man who was truly unique in finding the ‘best’ of any situation,” the spokesman said.

“We will talk about honoring others who have meant so much to this town, as we want to continue Jerry Burns’ Day with a proper acknowledgement that it has taken all sorts of characters, heroes and champions over the years to form the composite of a ‘Blowing Rock person.’ What fun it will be to pool our thoughts and see what each of us can bring to the table as we brighten our day with stories of ‘Mr. Sunshine.’ We hope to see you at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 18, on the Edgewood Cottage lawn,” the spokesman said. 

Burns was the editor of The Blowing Rocket from 1965 to 2009.
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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