Arthur Burnside

Arthur Burnside, 87, Clarks Summit, died peacefully at home Sunday morning surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with COPD and Lung Cancer.   His beloved wife of 63 years, Lois Regan Burnside died June 21, 2015.

Born in Scranton, the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth Burnside, Arthur attended Scranton public schools, graduating from West Scranton High School in 1945.  Arthur joined the Army and received an honorable discharge.  He then went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Business from the Pennsylvania State University.  In 1978, Arthur received his dream of earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Scranton.  Arthur was a member of the Hyde Park F & AM Lodge 339 and the Keystone Consistory.  He was employed at the Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company for forty years until his retirement in 1990.

Arthur was an active member of the Trinity Congregational Church in West Scranton.  In addition to teaching Sunday school classes, Art served as a Deacon and Trustee.   Arthur’s greatest passions were reading, gardening, and caring for his granddaughters, who were his pride and joy.

Arthur was an exceptional man who touched every life he encountered.   He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

Arthur’s family would like to thank Dr. Michael Rogan and his staff for the care provided to Arthur over the last several years, as well as the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice, especially Amie and Jen, for the exceptional care and empathy they showed during his final days.

Surviving are his daughter, Susan Collins and husband John of Scranton, son, William Burnside and wife Cheryl of Clarks Summit, three granddaughters Lyndsey Collins-Praino and husband Rodrigo of Adelaide, Australia, Shannon Collins of Scranton and Amanda Nicole Burnside of Clarks Summit; a sister Mary Ellen Sexton and husband Lynn of Jefferson Twp;  many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his wife and parents Arthur was also preceded in death by his sister Janet Belkhe and husband Albert and brother Edward Burnside and wife Shirley.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10am in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton by Rev. Jeremy Mullen associate pastor of the Trinity Congregational Church.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5-7pm.

Masonic services will be held Wednesday evening at 6:45pm.

Interment, Abington Hills Cemetery.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, Funeral Director.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Trinity Congregational Church, 229 South Main Ave. Scranton, PA 18504.


  1. CPT Mark Eggerstorfer, US Army Retired

    Brother Art,

    I remember my childhood and the family reunions at my grandparents as well as a party or two at the “Trinity” we attended together… Well I guess that you are attending another family reunion now and don’t worry we will all be along to join you sooner or later.

    As a Soldier I thank you for your service as a Brother Mason I can only hope to serve the craft as long as you did…

    You can rest well now that your pain has ended…

    Fraternally yours,

    Brother Mark

  2. Patti and Tudor Williams York County, PA

    We are both sorry to read that Art has passed away. Memories go back to the Bill Regan family and of course, our time attending Trinity. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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