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Pat Burns’ widow robbed after husband’s funeral

Nov 30, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

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Sometimes there are stories that restore your faith in the human condition and make you feel better about the world we live in.

This is not one of those stories.

Yesterday, former head coach Pat Burns was laid to rest in Montreal following his death due to terminal lung cancer. Over 1,000 people turned out for his funeral to pay respects to the former policeman turned hockey icon. It turns out that some folks don’t know how to be respectful of those in mourning as it was reported today that Burns’ wife, Line, had her car broken into and had items that were set to be sold at auction to benefit Pat Burns’ charity stolen.

Montreal police say someone broke into the car belonging to his wife, Line, and stole a number of the Burns family’s valuable possessions.

The stolen items included 30 autographed hockey jerseys, jewelry, and the late coach’s wallet.

Every time you think you’ve heard one of the worst stories something else always comes along to top it. Montreal police are asking that whoever stole the items to return them and given that this went down in Montreal, I wouldn’t want to be the guy guilty of robbing the widow of such a highly respected man. Given that the jerseys in particular were set to be sold for charity makes this crime all the more disgusting.

Stealing a dead man’s wallet though? I don’t know how a person can live with themselves after doing such a thing. Here’s to hoping that swift justice can be enacted in Montreal. If you’re looking to help out, the Montreal Gazette has the people to get in contact with to help catch this person.

Police are asking anyone with information, or anyone who might spot the items on a classified ad website or in a pawn shop, to call their confidential Infocrime line at 514-393-1133.

The thief, or thieves, are also being encouraged to call the line, Lemieux added. They can set up a drop-off point for the items, and no questions will be asked.

Going “no questions asked” is a good way to make sure the person responsible can save their own neck and from being run out of town.

  1. bostonhabsfan - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Bad enough the NHL writers didn’t vote Burns into the Hall of Fame before he died, now there’s added insult to the man from some idiot who breaks into cars during funerals. I do wonder though why his wife drove instead of being in a limo?

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