Steven Keith Burgess
December 17, 1954 – January 15, 2019
Steven K. Burgess born in Hawthorne, Nevada on 17, December 1954 died at home in Plano, Texas on 15, January 2019. Steve was raised in Texas with his 2 brothers, David and Ted. As a child, Steve witnessed the duties of public service, his father D.L. a Chief of Dallas Police. Steve attended Bryan Adams HS, graduating in 1973. After graduating from Eastfield College in 1975, Steve began working for the City of Dallas in 1974 and retired in 2013 from the Dallas Fire Department. His 31-year service loyalty included countless heroic acts of saving, comforting, and rescuing strangers as a paramedic and firefighter.
On 1, March 1997 Steve and Eileen were married in Plano, Texas. The marital celebration united Eileen’s 3 children with Steve’s son Ben, born in 1984. Steve and Eileen were uniquely compatible, their love blossoming in life’s seasons of joy and sorrow. When not at work, Steve & Eileen spent days fishing, walking the dogs, napping, playing cards, and creating music. Steve had a natural talent for song-writing, playing acoustic Ovation guitar, and singing. Steve maneuvered a beautiful voice with ease - it was powerful, passionate, and thoughtful. Steve loved to share inspiration (The Beatles) and the larger family came to know what Ben learned from birth - the world was better because of Steve’s art. The rhythm flowed into daily life and Steve’s life legacy of serving others, seeking peace, and living in harmony survives his physical farewell. Steve, PawPaw, was grandfather to 4 grandchildren, Laura 8, Julia 5, Johnny 3, Louis 1. Steve’s big heart, broad smiles, and plenty of tenderness graced their lives.
Steve, devoted, loving, spiritual, humble, and hilarious man will be deeply missed. His commitment to his family, faith, community, laughter, music, patience, and personal growth stood steady. Not even in the darkest cancer days did Steve complain. Steve’s life was an auspicious gift of addition by way of subtraction. Ego, technology, and travel were rejected in favor of meaningful life study through conversations, music, and observing natural backyard wonders. Dialogues with Steve were hilarious and deep and deeply hilarious; regardless if the conversation was measured in minutes, hours, days, or lifetimes - all felt his charm, love, insights, honesty, and sincerity. With deep gratitude, the family thanks all who have joined in prayer, talent, or time to care and honor Steve.
Steve is preceded in death by his father, DL, and in-laws George and Helen Hogan, sister-in-law Patricia Gahan, brother-in-law Kevin Hogan. Steve is survived by his mother Katherine, wife Eileen, children Ben (son of Rosalyn Katz), Tim (Craig), Amanda (Ian), Andrew (Danya), 4 grandchildren, brothers Ted, David (Michelle).
Memorial Service will be held 25, January 2019 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 5923 Royal Lane Dallas, Texas Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Eileen’s brother-in-law Father Timothy Gahan, will be held 26, January 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace 5100 West Plano Parkway Plano, Texas 75093. With reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Childfund International or Dallas Retired Firefighter Association.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.teddickeywestfuneral.com for the Burgess family.
- Celebration of Life Friday, January 25, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, January 26, 2019
Steven Keith Burgess
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January 19, 2019
Eileen, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your husband was such a kind and thoughtful man. I remember a time when he was so thrilled to helped me win a situation against my HOA.
Eileen, I love and miss you. You are one of the best NNPs I had the pleasure of working with.
January 18, 2019
I first met Steve and Eileen at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in 1997, where they stayed. I was working there. We struck up a friendship and we have remained friends ever since. I looked forward to their trips to Las Vegas. Steve was always there with a huge smile and always made me laugh. I am so very blessed to have known such a truly wonderful friend. My prayers go out to his family. I'm going to miss you BUDDY.
January 18, 2019
Steve is such an amazing soul. His humor, kindness, and smile made anyone feel at ease as soon as they met him. The world is better place for having had him here, and it will be a sadder place without him physically with us. But I know he will remain in our hearts, thoughts and watching over all of his loved ones until you meet again. My heart breaks for each of y’all, but what a blessing it was to have had him for the time you did. He’s smiling down from a place free of suffering and tears. All my love to his sweet family.
January 17, 2019
After Shelby set up the blind date with Steve and Eileen, Steve said to Shelby " Shelby just tell me she isn't fat". After seeing her the first time she truly became his soulmate. He was the funniest to listen to when chatting about fire department pranks. Shelby and I are and will always be connected to both he and Eileen. We were so glad to be able to talk to him despite his advanced illness in December.
Forever in our hearts,
Carol and Shelby Tackett
January 17, 2019
Eileen, Ben, Tim, Andrew and Amanda, I am sorry for your loss and for the suffering you all have endured during Steve's lengthy illness. It is so difficult to watch the ones we love struggle and suffer. Please know you are all in our prayers. With love, Tom and Maureen P.S. I will always remember Eileen telling us about her first date with Steve at the city dump. She knew right away he was one in a million. ❤