I can’t let the sad death of former Celtic footballer and manager pass without paying my respects on here. Tommy passed away yesterday after succumbing to the skin cancer that he was diagnosed with in 2006 and it is terribly sad to view how rapid his decline was.
Tommy was a man who commanded respect from those inside football and out. His playing career with Celtic spanned thirteen years and contained 353 appearances and 52 goals confirming him as a cornerstone at Parkhead. He was one of those rare individuals that defined the Glasgow club – a true ‘Celtic man’. Tommy was a devout Catholic – one whose faith meant a great deal to him. His lifelong dedication to Celtic was surpassed only by his devotion to the Catholic faith, with particular reference to the Virgin Mary. When employed as Celtic manager, Tommy’s desk carried several Marian icons, this was his personal shrine where he would offer his daily prayers. His deep and genuine religious beliefs influenced the caring personality that made him loved and admired by all.
He was also known as one of the game’s great gentleman, a decent and honest man. One would only hear glowing tributes to Tommy from those who had been fortunate enough to meet him or be a part of his life.
Condolences go out to Tommy’s dear wife of 28 years, Rosemary and his four children. My thoughts are with them at this sad time.
Hail, hail Tommy Burns – the legend.
Rest in peace and God keep him.