Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Eugene R. Burgess, Jr., 67
Eugene R. Burgess, Jr.: 30-year Westporter. Contributed photo
UPDATE (adds memorial service) Eugene R. Burgess, Jr., a 30-year resident of Westport, died Sept. 28. He was 67.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, on Sept. 12, 1944, he spent his formative years in Springfield, Mass. and graduated from Silver Creek High School in Silver Creek, N.Y., a small community near Lake Erie southwest of Buffalo. He received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Alfred University in western New York in 1967 and an MBA from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management in 1970.
His business career spanning more than 30 years included time as a senior executive in consumer package goods, biotech and software. His work, which took him all over the country as well as to Europe, involved building small companies as well as working for Fortune 500 companies.
He was vice president, operations planning, for Lever Brothers from 1978 to 1990, a principal at Numetrix in the software industry from 1990 to 1993, and director of logistics at the James River Corporation from 1993 to 1995.
In recent years, he was managing director of a consulting firm, Oxford Group LLC, advising global clients in areas of strategy, performance improvement, and fact-based decision making.
He was most proud of his work in research and development. He loved learning and gathering information and sharing that information with any audience. The computer age was designed for him, his family said.
He was an avid sports fan and athlete, and loved to watch college basketball, the Buffalo Bills and the Yankees.
He earned a college scholarship for his track and field ability and competed in tennis tournaments. He also played tennis weekly with his friends and walked his dog Ginger at Winslow Park every day. Most of all he enjoyed being with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol, his two daughters, Kimberly Burgess of Chesterfield, Mo., and Kirsten Burgess and two granddaughters. He is also survived by his father, Eugene Sr., sisters, Ann Conklin, Linda Burgess, and Julie Burgess Sabrosky; brothers, Steven Burgess and Joseph Burgess. He was predeceased by his mother, Jeannette Stephens Burgess.
A private burial service was held in Silver Creek, N.Y. A memorial service to celebrate his life will take place on Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Church. 10 Lyons Plains Road. There will be a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Yale School of Medicine, c/o Sharon McManus, Office of Development, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-7611. Please note that he Memorial/Tribute is for Gene Burgess.
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I’m so sorry to learn of Gene’s death. I saw Gene and Ginger at Winslow Park quite often and always enjoyed chatting with him. He was a really nice man and my sympathies go out to his family.
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