Stanley Hugh Burgess, II
May 12, 1946 - July 10, 2019
Burgess was interred with military honors at Rose Hills Memorial
Park, Whittier, California, on August 12, 2019, alongside the graves
of his parents and older brother, with beloved family and friends
and calm when other cadets might be in a panic or tripping over
their egos, Hugh had the confidence to choose the bright side--and
the brains, empathy and sense of humor to find a way to really help
others. He was a guy you could depend on. His good ideas and easy
laugh helped you--and underclassmen who respected him but didnt
fear him--get through the toughest days. But almost shy and never
bragging, you just didnt hear much about his own successes--as
a cadet, and later in life. Hugh chose to just take care of stuff.
After Hugh departed active duty in 1973, his pilot, artistic and management skills--combined with a love of travel--led to a colorful set of careers that included (1) pilot for Saturn Airways pilot for ARAMCO, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Captain for Hawaiian Airlines, including flying the DC-10, as well as (2) owner of Burgess & Co. Art, San Francisco Management Ops Supervisor, McDonald Corp, San Francisco Real Estate Investment Associate, Langley Tackes, San Francisco Real Estate Investment Associate, Merrill Lynch, Ventura, CA and Commercial Division Manager, Bob Crane & Associates, Los Angeles.
Hugh enjoyed his years in the house he had built in Hawaii so much that, at his memorial service, members of the family wore Hawaiian clothes and his favorite island music even included a ukulele player. Conversations were about his devotion to family and his fun-loving personality, including many pranks recalled by high school friends, often involving his little AMC Metropolitan convertible. In later years, now a jet pilot, Hugh appropriately moved up to a head-turning 18.8-ft Pontiac Bonneville convertible.
Hugh Burgess was a classmate to be proud of, a friend you were glad to depend on, and a creative, artistic guy who chose to live a life full of variety, fun, and good friends. God bless and keep you, Hugh. (Bill Eckert and other classmates)