Ian
Edward Ian Patrick Burr died on the morning of December 25, 2010 in Redondo Beach, California. He was 20. Ian, as he was known to friends and family, was born on August 12, 1990 in Bellflower, California. He grew up in the South Bay, attending Towers Elementary and Bert Lynn Middle School in Torrance. In 2008, Ian graduated from West Torrance High School. He was currently attending El Camino Community College. While in school, Ian participated in numerous team sports, including baseball, football and soccer. Baseball was his favorite. He played in the Torrance Little League and the Redondo Beach Pony League, as well as on the South Bay Sharks traveling team. His greatest athletic achievement came while playing for the Sharks, when he pitched a perfect game. Outside of athletics, Ian shared a variety of activities and pastimes with his friends, which included dirt biking, snowboarding, skateboarding and golfing. He also loved music. His favorites included music by the Grateful Dead, Soja, and various reggae artists. Ian's generous nature, warm heart, and charming humor will be missed. Ian is survived by his mother, Linda Burr and his extended family. He was predeceased by his father, Frank Secrest. On Saturday, January 8, 2011, visitation hours will take place from 9 am to 1 pm at White & Day Colonial Mortuary at 901 Torrance Boulevard in Redondo Beach. For additional details and to sign the online guestbook, please go to www.lafuneral.com. Following visitation at 1:30 pm, a Celebration of Ian's Life will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 21100 Victor Street, Torrance, California. A reception for friends and family will follow in the church's Community Life Center. As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Ian's name to the South Bay-Torrance YMCA. Please contact Lisa Van Ingen Pope at 213-639-7480 or email her at LisaVanIngenPope@ymcala.org to donate. Thank you for honoring Ian and for the love, support, prayers and thoughtfulness you have given his family.

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  1. My baby boy, you are the love of my life. I am so lucky to have you as my son. You were the cutest little boy and grew up to be a handsome young man. You are missed so much. I miss your funny wit, generous heart, sweet smile and beautiful brown eyes. I treasure the times we shared. I enjoyed listening to you talk about your passion for cars and girls. There is a hole in my heart that can never be filled. I love you so much. Good bye my baby boy.

  2. Linda, although I only knew Ian through the work place, I will remember him as an outgoing and friendly young man who was ready, willing and able to do anything that was asked of him, and do so with a big smile on his face. I want to express our deepest condolences on your loss, and please know that you and Ian are in our thoughts and prayers. Michael & Chris Fellows

  3. Linda, My deepest sympathy goes out to you. It is hard to comprehend any reason why God would take someone so young and with so much promise for the future from his family and friends. May your memories of Ian carry through this difficult time and I hope you find strength from the prayers of family and friends.

  4. Ian, Sweet Enney. You were such a big part of the Lopez family for so many years. You were our son and our brother. Thank you for touching us with your life and love. You will always be in our hearts. I love you. Rest in peace.

  5. Ian, Even though my heart is saddened at your passing, I know your in a better place. I’m so happy I got to see and talk to Ian Christmas, He seemed to be happy and looking forward to the future but sadly it was not to be. Linda, I know it is and will for a long time be hard for you, But I’m confident when Ian got to those pearly gates he said,”don’t worry about me I’m going to be just fine” and so, we won’t. Just the same, Ian, we’re going to miss uou. Love Grandpa

  6. Linda, I am so thankful that baseball brought Mikie and Ian together and made you all part of our lives. We are so blessed to have had Ian as part of our family for so long. And Ian was so blessed to have you as his mother. I love you and I will always love Ian. I am so very sorry for your loss. For all of our loss. I will always be here for you.

  7. Linda, no words will ever express the sadness I feel for you. The hole in your heart will be there, forever. Such a young life, taken too soon with so much life left to live, seems so unfair.I pray your family, friends and most of all, your memories of Ian help you get through this tragic time. My condolences and prayers are with You. Sincerely, Melissa

  8. Ian, Yvette and I will miss you very much. It was great seeing you at Cole & Tracy’s on Christmas Eve. Say hello to Granny for us up in Heaven and tell her all about JJ. Linda, Our condolences to you and know that you are in our thoughts and Ian will always be in our hearts. Love you always, John, Yvette and JJ

  9. Ian you were such a cute, funny and good natured boy. You were a blessing to our family. It was a joy to see the love you and your Mom shared. The memories of your special bond and wonderful years together will continue on with your Mom and be with her forever. We will miss you and love you always. Linda, I love you and am so deeply sorry for your loss. Vickie (cousin)

  10. Our nephew Ian, We are so sadden by your passing. You are so loved, and will be so missed. We have all our wonderful memories of all the times you came to Ohio to visit us. All our great trips we took. We loved watching you grow up. Our lives are better for the twenty years you were in it. Sleep well sweetheart. You are in our hearts forever. Uncle Larry & Auntie Di

  11. Linda, Our hearts go out to you. The passing of Ian is so sad and leaves a huge hole in our hearts and lives. We are always here for you night or day. You are a wonderful Mother and love your son with all your heart. He always new that. He touched so many lives. And everyone is better for that. We love you, Larry & Diana

  12. IAN YOU TURNED INTO SUCH A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAN .. I ONLY WISH I GOT TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOU .. I WILL NEVER FORGET U EATING THE KETCHUP POTATO CHIPS .. I LOVE YOU AND WILL ALWAYS KEEP U IN MY HEART.. WALK WITH THE ANGELS SWEETHEART LOVE AUNT KATHIE

  13. Linda, We are saddened to her of the loss of Ian. We have fond memories of him throughout the years, whether it was seeing him at school or on the soccer field. I remember his nickname; Spy. I also remember his beaming smile. I hope your memories bring you comfort in the days, weeks, and years to come. We keep Ian and your family in our prayers.

  14. Although I will miss you so much I am happy we got to spend some time together. I never knew a sweeter boy than you, you will be in my heart and prayers forever and I love you. Rest peacefully.

  15. You were one of the star players on the Sharks team which my husband, Dan, co-captained. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your mother and loved ones. Lissa Tomich

  16. Linda, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Ian fondly from years and years of baseball and soccer. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Ian, A bright and shinning star has left us,his beautiful smile and him always telling me grandpa I love you each time we met will be missed.yet I find solace in knowing he is in the loving hands of my parents Patrick & Marian and they will hold him until we are reunited together once again. RIP Grandpa

  18. Ian <3 i remember the first moment i met you. at towers elementary. gosh we go way back. i will never forget that cute face of yours and your ways with the ladies :] you were always a gentleman, and made me smile wen i was down! <3 im thankful for have knowing you; and for starting to talkk to you again. my love goes out to you , your family and friends. <3 i love u ian. sarah, chris, shane, jack, and other homies, linda and family; hang in there and be strong im so sorry! hes always with us <3

  19. Ian, we miss you so much, but we’re so thankful we got to spend Christmas Eve with you. At least you’re in heaven with Granny now, watching over us all. Love you with all our hearts! Colin & Kelley

  20. Bill and I are so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet Ian. He was a very happy and funny young man. He will be missed by many. In the short time we have known Ian our paths have crossed with each other enough to effect each and everyone of us some how. We are so so sorry for such a grest loss. Rest in peace Ian.

  21. Profound sadness to learn of Ian’s passing! I am glad to have shared time with him on the Mariners and the Rockies at the West Torrance Little League! Ian will be missed! He was a great kid! Steve King

  22. Linda and Family, No words will supply the comfort and the strength which these days will require. We are all so very grateful and honored to have been part of Ian’s life. Ian’s presence always made for very special family gatherings. I will forever hold dear the fond memories of Ian’s special visits on Christmas Day.The Courtney clan, along with Grandpa Jim, Bumpy(great grandpa) and Nana(great grandma) would beam with so much love and pride with Ian’s presence. Linda, please take comfort in knowing that Ian was so loved and will always remain in our hearts and prayers. “Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us everyday, Unseen,unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very near.” Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. Caren Courtney (Great Aunt)

  23. Dear Linda; Please know how deeply saddened we are to hear of Ian’s passing. Its hard to know what to say at this difficult time, even though no words can truly comfort you, please know that you are surrounded by good thoughts of support, care and concern today and in all the days to come. We will miss Ian and will think of him often. Claudia and Tom Schoemann

  24. Ian, We will always find comfort in all of the great memories of you. From our trips to Big Bear, to Bass Lake and to the many family parties, you are in our thoughts and hearts forever our sweet cousin Ian. We love you always!xoxo Linda, We are so sorry for your loss. We are so thankful for all of our great memories with you and Ian. You have both been such a big part of our lives. You know that we are always here for you and love you very much. xoxo

  25. Ian, We have such great memories of the times we spent with you. You will be missed so much. We love you.

  26. Our Dear Ian, You touched our lives and our hearts but you have left us to soon. Your beautiful smile and sweet nature will be missed forever. To Jim Courtney: Dad, you lost not just your Grandson but your best buddy and my heart breaks for you too. Michael Courtney: I am so sorry your time was cut short with Ian, but I am so glad you had the past few years together. Linda: You will always hold a special place in our hearts. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace sweet boy. We will never forget you. Love you, Aunt Maggie

  27. My Dear Ian, Even though I didn’t know you as well as I wanted to, you were a part of me, and I will always love and miss you. Noreen Courtney (Grandma) Greenville NH

  28. Linda, We were so sorry to hear of Ian’s passing. Please know that we will continue to pray for you and we are here for you. May God bless and keep you and may His Spirit give comfort and peace to you. We love you!

  29. Dear Linda, I am so schocked to hear this very sad news. There simply are no words for the loss of a child. I would like to stop by on Saturday IF I don’t have to work. Fondly, Suzanne Siney 310 540-7077

  30. My sincere condolences to you, Linda, and yours. No words can substantiate the loss you are feeling. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you feel better. If you need to speak with someone i will always be here for you. love you, take care. Ian, you will be missed.

  31. Linda, I’m so sorry about your loss. I remember all the good times with Ian during our yearly trips back then. We will miss him. Dan Gayet

  32. All I remember about Ian is the only day I saw him, and that was the day I met him. You had just adopted him and when you introduced us he ran under the conference table. He wasn’t being shy, he wanted us to follow along! I am so,so sorry Linda. Love, Hugs, Tears, Kathy

  33. Do not judge a song by its duration Nor by the number of its notes Judge it by the richness of its contents Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant Do not judge a song by its duration Nor by the number of its notes Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful And when something has enriched your life And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart Is it unfinished? Or is it endless… Linda, Ian’s love will be with you forever and his memory endless. Our deepest sympathies to you and your’s in this time of loss. You will be in our thought’s and prayer’s. Love, David Tucker and Brandy Randal

  34. There are absolutely no words to comfort – only love remains and precious memories of the moments we all shared together as a family with you. We were so lucky to know you – laugh with you – celebrate with you – and we will forever miss you. To all the special people in my life who are grieving so very much – be wrapped in the love and warmth, strength and support of our family. We were all blessed to know and love Ian and will carry him always in our hearts. He is a guardian angel for his little siblings and family and friends.

  35. Linda, There are simply no words to express our true sorrow. Our hearts go out to you. May the love of your family and friends bring you peace, comfort and strength. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers always. Rest In Peace Ian, we love you. God Bless, Bobby & Calina Powell

  36. Ian, I am so glad I got to know you as brief as it was… I wish we could have spent more time together on happier notes. I remember being at mom-moms way in back in 98 and being so bummed that I didn’t get to meet you then because you had a game that night. You are an awesome kid and are loved by so many. I always think about you guys on the other coast and my heart is always there. love janna xoxo Linda, my heart and prayers are with you <3 Ian and uncle boomer are up there hanging tough!! xoxo

  37. Dear Linda, Words cannot express my shock and sadness at your loss. My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to you and I will see you tomorrow. I will be there to remember the great, funny, caring Ian. Please take care and let me know if you need anything.

  38. My condolences to his family & may you get the strength you need to help you through this momemt…. he was a great & special person, someone we will always carry in our hearts

  39. LINDA, I AM TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.PLEASE FIND COMFORT IN THE FACT THAT HE IS IN THE LORD’S HANDS.

  40. Ms. Burr, My deepest condolences to you and the rest of your family, as well as close friends, during this difficult time. I wasn’t close to Ian, but I spent all of middle school and high school with him. He was a great person, and still is in Heaven. I continue to keep him in my prayers. May he Rest In Peace forever. Ian, I don’t have many memories with you. But I do remember you teaching me how to hold a baseball bat in middle school, and I had the biggest crush on you in 8th grade. You were a very nice person with a great personality and smile, and may you continue to be this way in Heaven. Much love to you.

  41. Halcyon Days By Walt Whitman Not from successful love alone, Nor wealth, nor honor’d middle age, nor victories of politics or war; But as life wanes, and all the turbulent passions calm, As gorgeous, vapory, silent hues cover the evening sky, As softness, fulness, rest, suffuse the frame, like fresher, balmier air, As the days take on a mellower light, and the apple at last hangs really finish’d and indolent-ripe on the tree, Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all! The brooding and blissful halcyon days! Steaming the northern rapids(an old St. Lawrence reminiscence, A sudden memory-flash comes back, I know not why, Here waiting for the sunrise, gazing from this hill Again ’tis just at morning-a heavy haze contends with daybreak, Again the trembling, laboring vessel veers me-I press through foam-dash’d rocks that almost touch me, Again I mark where aft the small thin Indian helmsman Looms in the mist, with brow elate and governing hand. Had I the choice to tally greatest bards, To limn their portraits, stately, beautiful, and emulate at will, Homer with all his wars and warriors-Hector, Achilles, Ajax, Or Shakspere’s woe-entangled Hamlet, Lear, Othello-Tennyson’s fair ladies, Metre or wit the best, or choice conceit to wield in perfect rhyme, delight of singers; These, these, O sea, all these I’d gladly barter, Would you the undulation of one wave, its trick to me transfer, Or breathe one breath of yours upon my verse, And leave its odor there. You tides with ceaseless swell! you power that does this work! You unseen force, centripetal, centrifugal, through space’s spread, Rapport of sun, moon, earth, and all the constellations, What are the messages by you from distant stars to us? what Sirius’? what Capella’s? What central heart-and you the pulse-vivifies all? what boundless aggregate of all? What subtle indirection and significance in you? what clue to all in you? what fluid, vast identity, Holding the universe with all its parts as one–as sailing in a ship? Last of ebb, and daylight waning, Scented sea-cool landward making, smells of sedge and salt incoming, With many a half-caught voice sent up from the eddies, Many a muffled confession-many a sob and whisper’d word, As of speakers far or hid. How they sweep down and out! how they mutter! Poets unnamed-artists greatest of any, with cherish’d lost designs, Love’s unresponse-a chorus of age’s complaints-hope’s last words, Some suicide’s despairing cry, Away to the boundless waste, and never again return. On to oblivion then! On, on, and do your part, ye burying, ebbing tide! On for your time, ye furious debouche! And yet not you alone, twilight and burying ebb, Nor you, ye lost designs alone-nor failures, aspirations; I know, divine deceitful ones, your glamour’s seeming; Duly by you, from you, the tide and light again-duly the hinges turning, Duly the needed discord-parts offsetting, blending, Weaving from you, from Sleep, Night, Death itself, The rhythmus of Birth eternal. Proudly the flood comes in, shouting, foaming, advancing, Long it holds at the high, with bosom broad outswelling, All throbs, dilates-the farms, woods, streets of cities-workmen at work, Mainsails, topsails, jibs, appear in the offing-steamers’ pennants of smoke-and under the forenoon sun, Freighted with human lives, gaily the outward bound, gaily the inward bound, Flaunting from many a spar the flag I love. By that long scan of waves, myself call’d back, resumed upon myself, In every crest some undulating light or shade-some retrospect, Joys, travels, studies, silent panoramas-scenes ephemeral, The long past war, the battles, hospital sights, the wounded and the dead, Myself through every by-gone phase-my idle youth-old age at hand, My three-score years of life summ’d up, and more, and past, By any grand ideal tried, intentionless, the whole a nothing, And haply yet some drop within God’s scheme’s ensemble-some wave, or part of wave, Like one of yours, ye multitudinous ocean. Then last of all, caught from these shores, this hill, Of you O tides, the mystic human meaning: Only by law of you, your swell and ebb, enclosing me the same, The brain that shapes, the voice that chants this song.

  42. This is so sad, and so perplexing that why you have to leave us so suddenly so young? Yet, within that short but significant 20 years, you have manifested so much tenderness, gentleness, and love to your relatives, neighbors, and everyone else in our community. We will always remember your sweet, innocent, purest possible smile as if you are telling us, especially to your mom Linda: “ I don’t want you to worry about me. I love you forever.” Ian, we love you and we will always remember you.

  43. Linda, I really can’t express how sad the news of Ian’s passing makes me. I’ll always remember him as that little boy, and even when I saw him last – I couldn’t believe how fast he grew up. My heart goes out to you.

  44. RIP Ian, we remember you as a sweet and wonderful kid. You will always be remembered. Linda, no words can express the sadness we have in our hearts and we send our condolences and ask the Lord to give you peace. Love to you and your family. Miriam, Freddy, Andrew, Alan

  45. Ian, You were the best thing that ever happened to our family. We will never be the same without you here but you made our lives richer during the time we had you, for that we are all grateful. I love you so much and never tired of hearing you tell me that you loved me. I’m so grateful I shared your last night on earth and heard you say those words to me several times, and that I was able to tell you I love you, too. There’s a huge hole in my heart, for now, one day we’ll meet again and I’ll never leave your side for a second. I love you, Ian. Linda, I love you so much and could not for a second imagine my life without you. You are a mother to me, the best one a person could have. I only hope I can be half the mom to Desi that you are to me and Ian. Ravi, Desi and I are here for you always. To Michael, Jim, and all the Courtney family: I love you all dearly and am so happy Ian had you all in his life, you made him so happy and I know he was the light of your lives.

  46. Man Ian, I really don’t know what to say buddy. We only knew each other for a short while, but u helped me out tremendously at a time when no one else whould. We lost touch over the past year, but i still remember the first time we met in the Hospital & after we got out how we hung out and had some good times. U were a bright spirit man, U will be missed buddy! R.I.P. Love u man! Nick.

  47. Ian, I know u are up there with both of my parents watching down on me, U are another Angel watching over me now pal. I know u are always walking with me. I will miss u buddy. R.I.P. Ian.

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