Burris, Craig William, a 50 year resident of Lawndale, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2008 in Torrance. Born in Ware, MA, Craig was 60 when he died. Career notes: Worked for TRW for approximately 20 years and was a Farmers Insurance Agent for 21 years. Hobbies: He loved Coaching his kids, grand kids and nephew in all sports. Being with friends and family was his favorite pastime. Civic activities: He was a Lawndale School Board Trustee, a member of the Lawndale Rotary Club, Lawndale Chamber of Commerce and past Lawndale Planning Commission. Personal interests/Passions: He was the Executive Director/CEO of the Pacific Coast Youth Football/Cheerleading Conference for the past 22 years and involved in youth sports throughout the South Bay for over 35 years. Fan of: Football (youth and professional) and all youth sports. He is survived by his loving Wife of 22 years, Catherine Burris of Lawndale, CA, Son, Robert Zeller of Redondo Beach, CA, Daughter, Jennifer Sianez of Gardena, CA, Son, Joey & Daughter-in-law Christina Zeller of Torrance, CA, Son, Joe Burris of CA, and four Grandchildren: Daniel Sianez, Kaarina Zeller, Anthony Zeller, and Jake Burris. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Elsie and Leroy Burris. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Manhattan Beach Chapel on Thursday, April 24, 2008 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. The Funeral will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 12 Noon. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach. Donations may be sent to: The Craig Burris Fund, C/O Ken Hall, 23104 Normandie Ave., Torrance, CA 90502

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  1. Cathe, Daniel and Family, Thank you for sharing Craig with us. He was a great man, leader and representative for the youth in our community. His absence on the School Board is already being felt by many. I will personally miss the wisdom and sense of humor that he brought to the table. I pray that God will grant you that “perfect peace that passes all understanding” during this difficult time. -Ann

  2. Our sincere sympathy to you and the boys. Know how difficult this time has been. We will keep you all in our prayers. Love, Kathy and Dave Runquist

  3. Cathy & family: Our dear friends my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of need, Craig is now resting with the Lord he is no longer in pain, he is now enjoying the beauty of it all may he rest in peace and keep an eye on us from above but leaving behind a lot of football friends that have known him through the years. We have a lot of good memories to share, Craig you will be sorely missed your friends 4 ever. Love, Jose, Connie & the Garcia Family Wilmington Pilots p.s.: Cathy my dad just passed away yesterday April 22 at 5:31 p.m. he probably met Craig on his way up and I am sure Craig is showing him around. I know they will both be taking care of us from above.

  4. My sincere condolences to you Cathy and to your sons and family. I can only say that we were all very fortunate to have known and had Craig in our lives.I for one, have never forgotten Craig and all the good he has done. Stay well, god bless you and the best to you and your family.

  5. From my mother, Beverly and I, our deepest condolences. I know Craig and my dad were very close. Our hearts and prayers are with you..

  6. Hello cathy Im so sorry if there is anything i can do please let me know.I will always remember at spires how we would laugh he was a great person Georgette

  7. Cathy, I will always remember Craig. Especially how he loved working with the children, for so many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time

  8. Cathy, my sincerest condolences go out to you and your family. Craig was not only my boss but my friend for the past 19 years. His sense of humor and kindness will be remembered forever for what he has given to his community.

  9. My sincere condolences to you Cathy and your family.Our prayers are with you. I have memories of Craig. He was a devoted husband,father,friend and a colleague to many.

  10. Cathy, just heard about Craig. I am so sorry and sadden by the news. I have fond memories of you and Craig that I will always treasure in my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Love always, Gloria

  11. To Craig’s family, my deepest respects. Even though Craig has been gone over a year, I just found out about his passing. I first met Craig in 1960. Our parents were great friends, both lived in Mass. they met out in Manhattan Beach, Ca. while both dad’s shared a hospital rm. At my wedding in 1970, Craig came up during the wedding dance and offered my husband S & H green stamps to dance with me! And than was only one of many funny things he enjoyed doing. Life became busy and we lost contact, but I always remembered him and the joy of life he embraced daily. You never stop loving such a great person. I am a little concerned about meeting up with him in Heaven …. no telling what he will have in store! But I can tell you this much, God has our back covered and so does Craig!! Contact me:

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