Horace William ("Bill") Burgess Jr., age 49, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii; graduated from Punahou High School in Honolulu, Class of '78, and University of California at Berkeley. In a relatively short career as a stockbroker, his analytic skill and careful investing endowed him with the wherewithal to pursue his passion for surfing and the high-risk and highly beautiful world of rock climbing. Along with his courage and athleticism, Bill was also a talented writer and artist. Beset by an illness in recent years, he faced the classic question asked by Hamlet, and chose not to be. As Shakespeare might have said if he had known Bill, "Good night sweet prince. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." Bill is survived by his father H. William Burgess and his stepmother Sandra Puanani Burgess of Honolulu, his sisters, Liza Frampton of San Diego and Becky Love of Oklahoma City, his brother Tim Burgess of Honolulu, his step-brother Toti Manhan of Honolulu, his aunt Anne Burgess of Blowing Rock, N.C. and his nieces and nephews Kalli and Kate Frampton and Francie, Thomas and David Love of Oklahoma City. Bill's mother, Frances Searle Burgess Kessee of Oklahoma City predeceased him. Bill is also survived by his "Hanai" family (In the Hawaiian tradition of informally adopted children): The Levy family of Manhattan Beach of which Bill was a beloved member for most of his three decades in California; Mark and Debbie Levy and their children Noah and Caleb and Mark's Brother Derek Levy and their father Sol Levy, all of Manhattan Beach. Bill's ashes will be sprinkled from the top of "Gunsmoke" at Joshua Tree on Friday October 30 at about mid morning. His climbing buddies and friends are invited. On Saturday, October 31st an informal memorial for Bill will be held at 32nd Street in Manhattan Beach at 11am. Food, drink, chairs and shade will be provided. Pictures of Bill in happy times will be on display. A few songs might be sung. There will likely be a "paddle - out" (on surfboards) to place flowers and prayers in the sea in memory of Bill. His climbing buddies and friends are invited. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the families messages and to share memories.

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  1. To Bill’s family, Please know that my heart goes out to you during what must be an incredibly difficult time. It has been 35 years since I last saw Bill. Because of the circumstances, our friendship was turbulent, short and ill at ease. Evenstill, he always had a place in my heart as a step brother and as a caring person. I hope he is at peace. Sincerely, Christian Keesee

  2. May God Bless the Burgess Family: As angels take flight his spirit to new heights surrounding you with love and light with their presence of all you hold so tight…LL

  3. dear burgess family the snyders send to you our deepest and sincere sympathy for your loss. affectionately, diana and sid snyder joslin (snyder) crowe malia (snyder) hoffman

  4. Dear Bill and Punkin, May loving memories comfort you, and in time, help to soften the sadness of your loss. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy.

  5. To H. William Burgess and Mrs. Burgess: Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your son Horace William (“Bill”) Burgess Jr., a beautiful free spirit who lived so fully “his way,” in a wonderful continuous present. No “to be or not to be” for your Bill, who said simply: “I am now!” Sincerely, John and Chin Conner, Bill Sr.’s old running buddy with The Middle Ages

  6. To Bill’s family, We have such fond memories of Bill. We met Bill through our son Darren Stieff. We were camping in Yosemite Valley when we were first introduced to him. He was one of Darren’s best friends. Bill was such a kind, loving person – a joy to be around. We spent many happpy times with him. Our family enjoyed many Christmas’ with Bill sharing good food and good times. We were so glad our son had such a good friend in Bill. We know that one of Bill’s fondest memories was climbing Royal Arches (in Yosemite) with you, Mr. Burgess. We cared so much for Bill and will miss him. Bob and Valerie Mudd

  7. What a shock! Looking up old friends on the computer and to find that Bill has passed. My condolences to the Burgess family and especially Tim, who lived with us for awhile in Berkeley. I haven’t seen Bill for 25 years, but have many memories of good times. Running the fire trails in Berkeley, his healthy eating habits which influenced out communal meals, wandering up and down the coast in search of good waves, and the patience Bill had teaching a valley dude to surf in difficult waters. We shared the same birthday, went out with him for an eventful evening when he turned 21. At one of our parties he had the idea of entering a chariot in the Bay to Breakers Race, which ended up on National Evening News, Runners World and a full page picture in the San Francisco Examiner. It was his construction project, he liked to build stuff. He essentially built his own room in our crowded house when he first moved in. We took a philosophy class together, just an introductory course, but we were into it and Bill was clearly a very pensive person. At the same time, he had a great sense of humor. Earlier this evening, my wife Lori, also a friend of Bill’s, had asked if I shopped at “Dangerous Way” the Burgessism for Safeway. It’s a shock to hear that he has passed, he was so healthy with exercise and diet. It’s with very heavy hearts that we learn about Bill. May he rest in peace and again our condolences to his family and friends. I know he will be sorely missed

  8. Dear Bill Sr. and Punkin, It was with extereme surprise and sadness that I read of Bill’s passing in the Punahou Bulletin. I have so many special memories of our youth together at Punahou. Bill came and visited my family, with Stephen Chun about 20 years ago. We had a great time reconnecting. It was wonderful to be with those guys; we connected like it had only been a few weeks since we last saw each other. Since then in my mind I’ve imagined another get together… I’m sorry for the loss to all of us.

  9. I lived in the Burgess’ Round Top home as a “nanny”, of sorts, around 1968. Billy was a beautiful young man with a large mane of brunette hair, with a handsome adorable face. Billy was well behaved for his age and could carry on a conversation. Billy was a good person. He went to work with his dad on Saturdays and sold cards to save his money which went towards his new bike. I felt very sad seeing his name on the Internet as deceased. I thought, it must be another person, as he is a lot younger than myself. Sounds like, Billy had a lot of fun and enjoyed lots of different hobbies and friends in life. He was a great kid, and I shall always remember him at that age. I was also sorry to see his mother Fran had also passed on.

  10. Tim was an old college friend of mine. Just wanted to say hello and send my condolences to him and his family. God Bless and Aloha, Sandi

  11. Just ran a trail race near Honolulu and my thoughts are with Bill. I lived with him in Berkeley for several years and he introduced me to trail running. He was a tremendous friend for the brief time our paths crossed. I hope he found peace in his own way.

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