Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gary Burgess Walks On

By Ken Davison

Tribal member Gary E. Burgess, 62, passed away October 4, 2007. He lived in Tampa, Florida.

Gary was a member of the Moose Lodge and was an alumni of the University of South Florida. Gary retired with 30 years of service as a general operations manager with the State of Florida Department of Health´s Office of Disability.

Gary´s nephew Gene Burgess, Jr. said, "Gary was well liked and generous to all that he walked with through his life. Gary was born with severe physical disabilities and spent several years of his childhood at Shriners Hospital going through surgeries and therapy. Nevertheless, Gram and Gramp said he always had a smile on his face. He was married and remained virtually independent his entire adult life. Gary had a quick wit and a hearty laugh that endeared him to his friends."