Charles E. (Gene) Burnett

September 25, 1938November 4, 2018

It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden and unexpected passing of my husband, Gene, on November 4, 2018. Gene was 80 years old, a native Floridian, born in Cedar Key, FL. He served in the Navy from 1958-1963. He worked for many years as a pilot for Eastern Airlines, a profession he dearly loved. He retired as a Captain on the A-300 Airbus in 1987. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, loved him, and understood his unique and colorful sense of humor. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Justine (Juddy); three daughters: Brenda Davies, Cindy Watson, and Lynda Owen; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother: Michael Burnett. Per his request, no services are scheduled.


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David and Dee Nardizzi

November 14, 2018

We are terribly saddened with the passing of Gene. He was an exceptionally unique individual. His razor sharp wit , no nonsense attitude and genuineness were traits we thoroughly enjoyed. He was our friend and are forever greatful he was a part of our lives.

Harry Anderson

November 14, 2018

Gene was one of the few who realized that we needed to fight for the EAL annuity retirement benefits in Coral Gables, Fl in 1987. We lost that court case, but of those Captains present we were not to give up what was earned in retirement without fighting for earned benefits to the last minute. I remained in touch with Gene for several years afterwards and always had the greatest respect for his integrity and willingness to stay the course regardless of the outcome. He was an individual that fought for what was right when so many others did not. Juddy, please accept my heartfelt sympathies in the loss of Gene.

Harry Anderson

Anita Potter

November 13, 2018

Gene was a very caring person and would do anything for the ones he loved. He took such good care of Juddy even when he was not feeling the best. He liked joking with everyone he met and enjoyed a friendly banter whenever the opportunity arose. He will be missed.

Jack Hopkins

November 9, 2018

Gene was a neighbor of ours for the last 14 years. Gene, and Juddy, were among the first to welcome us to the neighborhood and now Juddy and us are among the last of the originals on the block - so many have either moved or passed away.

Juddy mentioned Gene's unique and colorful sense of humor, but I would like to add Gene's razor-sharp mind, his artistic soul, and his huge heart to go with that sense of humor. Gene was indeed a Captain and he held that bearing throughout his retirement. Gene and Juddy hosted several Holiday gatherings at their home before their health became a full-time concern. Those parties were often raucous events and Gene and Juddy pulled out all the stops with food and spirits. Sure, Gene may have rubbed some folks the wrong way but who doesn't? Gene ran in the speed lane, either move over or get run over.

We are grateful to Juddy and Gene for their generosity and their warmth, which we knew well. Gene was unique and colorful - traits that are in short supply these days. Juddy, you are not alone in your grief and we are here for you. We offer our condolences to Gene's three daughters and extended family - we know it's never easy to lose your Dad. So long, Captain, may you rest in peace.

Chasity Pond

November 8, 2018

Gene you will be missed greatly! Your humor never missed a beat! Always colorful and light hearted bringing out smiles from everyone around you! Thank you for being a part of our family for so many years and for loving Blake and Harper as your own. You and Juddy are such wonderful people and I am so sorry for your loss Juddy.
With Love Always,
Chasity, Scott, Blake & Harper Pond