About Us

Burns Garfield Funeral Home is a fourth generation funeral home originally founded by E.P. Burns in the early 1900's. It was carried by J.P. Burns and then by Sehl Burns, and was located on West Onondaga Street. With the acquisition of Garfield Funeral Home on Westcott Street in 1979, the business became Burns-Garfield Funeral Home. 

The new facility, located at 3125 East Genesee Street, has parking for 100+ cars and a seating capacity of 350 people, and is completely handicap accessible. Selection of the casket, monument, vault, urn and flowers can all be made at the time of arrangement. 

We also have a collection of books, tapes and movies to help people of all ages and beliefs understand and cope with the various stages of the death process. 

We thank you for choosing Burns-Garfield.


Once you request the services of Burns Garfield Funeral Home, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

Dean Burns

Dean Burns

Dean Burns is a life long resident of Syracuse being a graduate of Nottingham High School and Onondaga Community College. A 1974 graduate of SUNY Brockport and 1975 from Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Dean has been a practicing funeral directing ever since. Over the years he has attended Life Appreciation, Celebrant Training and numerous other training seminars for enriching his professional life to better serve the public. 

Tim Burns

Tim Burns

Our lives are made up of moments that become memories. And as far back as my memories take me involve my family and our funeral business. Cutting the grass and washing cars as a young boy are specialties I still enjoy to this day.

 Growing up in Syracuse I did not dream of becoming a funeral director, however the experiences of my life have guided me into a profession I truly love which has afforded me with the tremendous opportunity to meet and become a part of so many families and communities.

 Upon Graduating from Nottingham High School in 2004, I attended SUNY Oneonta 08’ where I played lacrosse and majored in Communication Studies. In 2008 after graduating, I began working at the funeral home and made the decision to become a funeral director. I then graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director in 2010.

I take great pride in immersing myself in the changing landscape of funeral service and enjoy working with individual families to plan and execute life celebration experiences that can strengthen family’s memories and leave a lasting legacy of loved ones.

I met my wife Katie, who is the first grade teacher at Holy Cross School in college, we live in J-D District and we have two children a daughter, Emerson and a son, Grayden.  The role of a father has been by far the best experience of my life.

I am member of the Rotary Club of Dewitt, where I serve on the coffee crew of the annual Pancake Day, Holy Cross Church in Dewitt. I am the member of several funeral director associations. I referee high school and college lacrosse, and I play golf whenever possible.

Virginia Burns

Virginia Burns

Virginia Burns is a life long resident of Syracuse being a graduate of Nottingham High School and SUNY Brockport Class of 2010. She is currently attending Hudson Valley Community College to secure her Mortuary degree and in two years becoming licensed. She is currently assisting the funeral home with technology updates and in the every day operations of the funeral home.

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