Statement issued by Mitch Harper, Fort Wayne City Council president, on behalf of the council:
Former Mayor and former Fort Wayne City Council Member Paul Mike Burns passed away on Friday, January 7th, 2011, in the city he so long served.
As President of the City Council, I extend the sympathies of our nine members to his family and friends.
Paul Mike Burns served as a member of the Fort Wayne City Council from 1948 to 1952 and then continuously from 1972 to 1992. The span of his municipal public service on behalf of the citizens is perhaps unequaled in the history of Fort Wayne.
His service in each of six decades stands as a remarkable lifetime achievement and as a sure measure of the confidence placed in him by his fellow citizens.
Paul Mike Burns served as a fiscal watchdog during his entire service as a city council member and as mayor. His style was dogged, assertive and no-nonsense and it was uniquely his own.
He was a true son of Fort Wayne and never forgot his roots.
Paul Mike Burns was blessed by a remarkably long-life. Yet, his passing on Friday reminds all of us that however long one's years, all things are temporal. His legacy of service will live on past him and continue to enrich the civic life of Fort Wayne.
Arrangements by Mungovan & Sons Funeral Home, 2114 S. Calhoun St.