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John Robert Burgess, Jr.

John Robert Burgess, Jr.
  • November 6, 1975 - January 15, 2021
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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1 of 18 | Posted by: Margaret Burgess-Wright - ROSWELL, GA

“I am very sorry for your loss. I wish you comfort and peace in your memories of Beau and in the love of your family and all those who care for you....Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Wiebke Breuer - New Orleans, LA

“Something that always touched me and has stuck with me all these years is the evidence of the love between Beau and his family. Even when he was...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Elisa Himel - Hammond, LA

“Beau and I went into our relationship kicking and screaming. Literally as we hated each other at first. Somehow we became the best of friends. A...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Tyson Bollow - Dauphin Island, AL

“Dear Mr. & Mrs. John Burgess & family:We were so sorry to hear of Beau's passing. He was a kind and sweet neighbor to us here in the Irish Channel. ...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Jason & Susan Higginbotham - LA

“My Dearest Brother,Living my life with goofs and gaffs has turned into a family joke known as a "Bink Thing." Incidences such as leaving my yeti...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Margaret Burgess-Wright - ROSWELL, GA

“Beverly,I am so sorry to hear of your son's passing. My thoughts and prayers arewith you and your family.Sincerely,Karen Forbes Brown ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Brown - Hammond, LA

“Beverly,I am so sorry to hear of your son's passing. My thoughts and prayers arewith you and your family.Sincerely,Karen Forbes Brown ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Brown - Hammond, LA

“Hi Beau! So I'm late to signing this because I couldn't figure out how to get into the place that I can type! Computer illiterate after all these...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Kelly Zimmer Guillot - LA

“John, Beverly and family,So sorry for your loss.We only met Beau a few times, but what a great kid! Rest In Peace Beau. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Sande and Tommy Zander - Friend

“Although I didn't know Beau I work with his father, Judge John R. Burgess, Jr. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted....Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Betty Graves - Slidell, LA

“My thoughts and prayers are with John, Beverly and family at this time of their sorry. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: DAVID SIMS - SAVANNAH, GA

“My his memory be a blessing. It will be for me. I cannot begin to list the countless ways in why Beau is one of the most authentic people I have had...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Alexandria Caesar - Friend

“My most sincere condolences. We had a lot of crazy adventures together. RIP ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: John Sledge - Hammond, LA

“Beau was a lovely light. We were delighted to know him when he was living in Asheville. Many fond memories of late night meals, messy kitchens and...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Stacie and Paul Parsons - Friend

“John Beau You were a great friend to my son Shane Brewer and he thought the best of you. You shared a place in Maui in 2001 and you were a good...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Loretta Sawyer - Mobile, AL

“So so sorry for your sad sad loss. Our prayers are with you. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Eloise and Gordon Anderson

“Love you! ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Cherif Guillot - Baton Rouge, LA


John Robert Burgess Jr., known as Beau to all knew and loved him, passed away at his New Orleans home on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the age of 45. He will be remembered as a cherished son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, coworker and friend with an incomparable joie de vivre.

Blessed with both a natural talent for entertainingand easygoing sense of humor, Beau had a zest for life and was always up for an adventure. He was filled with wonder for the world and appreciation for nature's beauty –often picking wildflowers to bring to his mom.

He had a servant's heart, believing that everyone deserves kindness, and was known for lifting others up and providing comfort – whether through a meal, warm place to stay, listening ear or encouragement. He traded judgmentfor compassion in all things. Anyone who spent time with Beau always felt better about their situation and themselves.

Born November 6, 1975,Beau was destined to follow his own path, inspiring those he met with his "up for anything" taste for fun and good-natured tomfoolery.

Formally trained at the Culinary Arts Institute of Louisiana, he relished any opportunity to craft an extraordinary meal regardless of circumstances or available ingredients – often using every utensil available and leaving an incredibly messy kitchen in his wake. When a well-equipped kitchen or pantry was unavailable, Beau was undaunted in his desire to create, famously preparing eggs on an engine manifold on a Caribbean island in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. His extraordinary ability to adapt and transform ingredients earned him quite the reputation as the "MacGyver" of cuisine.

As versatile as he was kind-hearted, Beau graduated with honors from Florida International University in Miami with a bachelor's degree in Management through their School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2007. In 2016, he graduated from the National Emergency Medical Service Academy in Covington, La., earning certification as an emergency medical technician through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He earned recertification in 2019.

Beau was a devoted godfather to his nephew, Harrison Stafford Wright, to whom he would bestow an interest in the game of chess, as well as outrageous gifts, including an enormous plush rabbit and panda bear. (While equally over-the-top, a gift of a replica R2-D2 suitcase has proven more practical.) His orchestration of Harrison's elaborate christening party, which featured watermelon soup and other unique delicacies, is a treasured memory.

Beau was well-traveled. A sometimes resident of Hawaii, Baton Rouge, Colorado, Seattle, St. Croix, New Orleans, Asheville and many points in between, Beau has a community of friends across the globe that will remember and miss his loyalty, infectious laugh and warm companionship. As with his love of fine cuisine, he believed that no gathering was complete without good music. He amassed a catalog of 20,000+ songs on his laptop, which will eternally be with him. When Beau was around, music was around. He used music as a tool to establish connections with others.

Beau is survived by his father and mother, the Honorable Judge John Robert Burgess Sr. and Beverly Sharp Burgess of Springfield, La.; his sister Margaret Burgess Wright, brother-in-law Brad Wright, and his godson, Harrison – all of Atlanta, Ga.; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wiley Howard Sharp Sr. and Melanie Ledet Sharp; and paternal grandparents, Charles Donald Burgess and Harryotte Fick Burgess.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Harry McKneely and Son of Hammond. The Very Reverend Paul M. Bailey, M.Div., Rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Hammond, led private funeral services on January 19, 2021 with interment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Hammond.

Gary Paul Achord, Tyson Bollow, Michael Sharp Jr., Michael Sharp Sr., Daniel Sledge and Brad Wright served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Beau's name toward the preservation of his childhood home, Carter House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places for Louisiana. Donations should be mailed to the Historic Carter House Society, P.O. Box 1182, Springfield, La. 70462.

A guest book is available at www.harrymckneely.com.