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John R. Burris


John R. Burris, age 62 of Wayne, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

John was a resident of Wayne his entire life and graduated from Wayne Valley High School with the class of 1969. Shortly after high school, John began working for Deluxe Check Printers and he enjoyed a career of over 30 years there before retiring in 2000. He wasn’t one to sit idle and soon began working again at the Home Depot in Riverdale and then Cost Cutters in Wayne. During the past few years he was an assistant manager with Walgreens at their Ledgewood location. He was very pleased to have recently been transferred back to the Walgreens in Lincoln Park where he loved his fellow staff and the customers.

John was also a bit of a computer and stereo junkie. After his retirement from Deluxe, he took several computer and electronics classes and there began his love of technology. He could fix just about any computer issue and he even built several computers and stereo components. The Micro Center store in Paterson was one of his favorite places to shop. His favorite show to watch was not on TV, but online; “The Tech Guy with Leo Leporte”, which was all about the latest technology and gadgets. His ‘man-cave’ was the home to all his electronic toys and he loved to share what he had with everyone. John always had snacks in the man cave, plenty of diet soda, and Tic-Tacs, which he was often shaking in his pocket.

John met his wife Eileen (nee Manley) while they were both out dancing one night. They fell in love and married on December 8, 1984. John’s idea of a honeymoon wasn't exactly what Eileen had in mind – they spent a few weeks fixing up the home that they planned to move into with their new combined family. Over the years they vacationed in Wildwood in the summers and had taken a few trips out to Los Angeles more recently. They’ve enjoyed 29 years together in a marriage that was never boring, and in which they always knew that they could count on one another.

John is survived by his beloved wife Eileen of Wayne, three children; Kristi Aurelien and her husband Gary of Deptford, NJ, Joyce Wright and her fiancé Jayson of Wayne, and Tim Wright and his wife Diane of Los Angeles, CA, four grandchildren; Nicole and Marcus Aurelien, Chloe Driscoll-Wright, and Rex Wright, his mother; Dorothy Burris of Whiting, NJ, and one brother; Ron Burris of Whiting, NJ.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 2-6 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 8:30 AM on Monday, August 19, 2013 from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, Wayne, where at 9:30AM a funeral service will be offered. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.

Guest Book


Even though I haven't seen my cousin in years, I have many warm and fun memories of times spent together with him, his family and our family. My blessings and love go out to his family.

Wendy (Incramona) Hires


My deepest condolences to the Burris Family. Working with John was a blessing. He was great person. I will always remember the laughs and jokes we shared and how he always shared stories about the times he spent with his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Staci Venturini


Uncle John was always the nicest guy in the group and as easy going as they come. The family always had a blast at his 4th of July parties where he was always a welcomed sight behind the grill. He will be missed greatly.

Tyler Manley


Eileen, Our deepest condolences go out to you and your family.

Norm & Carol Stegen


My deepest sympathy to Eileen and all of John's family. I had the pleasure of working with John in Lincoln Park. Never a dull moment! I will miss his stories, friendship and warm smile. God Bless.

Barbara Buttray


Johnny was a great guy and had a lot of wonderful qualities. Bob remembers all the fun times with Johnny when he was a kid and while they worked at Deluxe together. We send our deepest sympathies. Johnny will be missed.

Bob and Roberta Vanderwal


Tim, our deepest condolences to you and your family. We will pray for all of you.

Helen Ruggiero Luongo


To our daughter-in-law and family, We were all so saddened of the passing of your dad, John. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May the peace of the lord be with all of you as you go through this period of sadness. Please convey our condolences to the rest of the family.

Vincent, Barbara and Kevin Aurelien


John was a very kind and gentle person. We were fortunate to have seen him last week and enjoy good laughs and conversation. John and Eileen always put on a good family party and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to Eileen, Kristi, Tim, Joyce, Chloe and all the extended family. May they all find peace during this difficult time.

Ken, Terese, and Juliet


So sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember him fondly from shared years at Preakness School on Hamburg Tpke. Rest in peace - condolences to John's family.

Connie (Densel) Sellitto


I am saddened by John's passing. We had some great times together especially on our sailing trips. He was like a brother to me for a long time. May his family be consoled by the fact that he left us peacefully. Rest in peace John.....

Michael Bua


I lived around the corner from you in Wayne. I moved there when I was in 6th grade. You were my first love. I have fond memories you. You will be missed.

linda englehardt


Eileen,I am so sorry to hear about John's passing.I always remember him being such a happy and sweet man..& how cute the two of you were when you first met.Please send my love to Kristi,Tim & Joyce. Maria

Maria Bucco Brush


My thoughts and prayers go out to John's family. He always had a smile on his face and was fun to be around. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Mary Gilson (Englehardt)


So sorry to hear of John's passing. Worked with John for many years at DeLuxe and he helped me greatly after I bought my 1st home. Great guys will always be missed.

Jim and Janis Elliott


Kristi, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your dad. You and your family are in our prayers. And know that he will always and forever be in your heart!

Carol and David Quinones and family


Please accept my belated condolences. John was a friend of mine through junior high school. He will be missed.

Mary (Potvin) Clifford

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