Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary

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William G. Burrows

June 22, 1918September 29, 2013

Born 1918, Bill Burrows grew up from the age of 4 in Coronado, in a loving family with 7 brothers and sisters. He and his brother Percy went to Redlands University on football scholarships.

It was at Redlands that Bill met the love of his life, Shirley Hubbard. After serving in World War II, Bill set up home with her back in San Diego.

Besides being a great family man, Bill was a beloved teacher, coach and principal. He taught at a number of San Diego Schools for over 40 years, including many years coaching at San Diego High, and retiring as principal at Clairemont High. Everywhere he went former students would come up to him and say hello.

Bill was very involved with the Downtown Lions Club for over 30 years, and he loved to play golf and watch the Chargers and Padres. But his greatest skill and joy was being the patriarch of his family.

Bill is survived by his sons Bill Jr., Lloyd, Clark and Gregg as well as his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that all love and miss him very much.


William G. Burrows

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October 5, 2014

Hello -- I was a 1965 SDHS graduate and worked as a monitor in the Vice-Principal's office. Mr. Burroughs was a great man; patient and caring with everyone. He was even understanding with the kids in the outside office, pretending not to see them when they were hiding their cigarettes and "toys,"while they waited to see him. KBH

Tricia Wakeling

May 29, 2014

You were one of the best VP's at SDHS. So understanding. You will surely be missed. Prayers for your family. It was my privilege having known you in school. God Bless!

Jan Cizik

May 28, 2014

Bill Burrows was one of the nicest and kindest men I've ever met. Patrick and I will always remember him with great fondness. Love to his family, especially Clark.

Jan & Patrick Cizik

October 25, 2013

What a great man!!! He was a friend and co-worker at SDHS with my Dad...Mr. Maxwell...the choir director. I remember how much they admired each other...and when I went to SDHS he was the "boys" Vice Principal. He was so handsome...so nice and such a BIG man...in so many ways!!! I hope you meet up with Dad in heaven...and you can talk about SDHS!!!! LuAnn

Fred Thompson

October 18, 2013

If it had not been for Coach Burroughs, at San Diego High School,along with Coach Maley and a teacher named Ruth Price Weise, I would either be dead or in jail. I graduated in 1951 and Coach Burroughs opened the door of life for me and I walked through. He was a giant in my memory and was responsible for any success I have had in my time on this plane. I will miss him.

October 13, 2013

Burrows family, condolences from Bob and Lizann

Ira Weiss

October 13, 2013

As one of my school principals he will be remembered fondly. He was always helpful and friendly during our formative years. Rest peacefully Mr. Burrows.

Tina Matranga

October 11, 2013

I was so glad to meet Bill at Chey and Brandons wedding. Who would have thought my highschool principal's grandson would marry my granddaughter.
It was such a wonderful day . My condolences from all of our family Tina Matranga

October 11, 2013

So sorry for your loss Cindy. You and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Grieshaber

October 10, 2013

To the Burrows family...Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill was an amazing man who touched so many lives. He knew the importance and love of family and will always be with you.
With love from the Grieshabers...Glenn, Sue, Peter, Kristin and Robyn