Thomas Walter Burnard
Thomas Walter Burnard
  • November 5, 1925 - January 27, 2017
  • San Diego, California

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Thomas Walter Burnard was born in Floral Park, New York November 5th, 1925 and passed away January 27th, 2017 at his home in San Diego. He grew up in Nassau County New York and joined the Army in 1944 at the age of 18. During his time in the Army, Tom was awarded two Purple Hearts and other divisional citations. He was a paratrooper and a gunner on an antitank gun with the 155th Airborne Anti-aircraft Battalion., 17th Airborne Division. He participated in the campaigns of the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He made a spearhead jump in Wesel, Germany and saw action in England, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Germany. He was wounded in the Ardennes, Belgium, on Jan 10, 1945. Tom moved to San Diego, where he met and married his wife Margarita in 1961. He worked for the Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization, first for the Border Patrol and later was promoted to Detective for the Department of Immigration, where he served for over 30 years. During his retirement, he and Margarita spent years traveling throughout parts of the U.S. He enjoyed physical activity and sports, and was a runner and a swimmer well into his late 80's. He was a lifelong supporter and donor to military charity organizations and animal welfare groups (ASPCA). He loved his black Labrador Samantha and looked forward to being reunited with her. He was preceded in death by his wife Margarita Rebollar y Togno, his father Charles Henry Burnard, his mother Angelica Marion Williams Burnard, and brother Richard Charles Burnard. He is survived by his sons Thomas and John. He is also survived by his 2 granddaughters, Danica and Alex, and 1 great granddaughter, Luna. A ceremony will be held February 15th at Miramar National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation to a military or animal welfare charity of your choice. Please sign the guest book online at