WESTFIELD - Steven W. "Grizz" "Goompa" Bur-gess, age 52, of Parker Road, Westfield, died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at home.
Steven was born on March 25, 1961 in Westfield, NY the son of Ronald Burgess of Portland, NY and the late Shirley (Perryman) Burgess.
Steve attended Brocton Central School and furthered his education at Cornell University studying Business Management.
Steven W. Burgess
He married the love of his life, Susan Frey, on July 21, 1990 in Portland, NY.
Steve was an accomplished butcher and had worked for many years at Quality Markets in Westfield in the meat department. He also enjoyed processing many of his friend's wild game meats.
He was a member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club, and loved to hunt and fish, especially deer hunting. He enjoyed spending many hours at his deer camp and enjoyed observing the wonders of nature.
His favorite hobby was American History, especially the Civil War and World War II as well as the old Wild West.
He loved to read in his spare time, but most of all, spending time with his grandchildren on his land were the most precious times of his life.
Besides his father Ronald of Portland, Steve is survived by his wife of 23 years, Susan (Frey) Burgess and their daughter Amanda (Josh) Pierce of Westfield; his step-children, Thomas (Brenda) Brown and Michael Brown, both of Jamestown, NY; and Heather (Guy) Hood of Savannah, GA. He was the proud grandfather of Dillon, Alexis, Nathaniel, Morgan, Corbin, Christian, Steven, Jailyn, Cierra, Kyle, Chelsea, and Izick.
He is further survived by his four brothers: Randy Burgess of Portland, NY; Scott (Barb) Burgess of Rock Hill, SC, Duane (Rose) Burgess of Brocton, NY, and Darren (Ethel) Burgess, also of Brocton.
Besides his mother Shirley, Steve was preceded in death by his brother, Dale Burgess.
Friends may call on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton Street, Westfield, NY, where the funeral will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sandra Bahl officiating.
Burial will be private in Portland Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Fire Department of Westfield Memorial Fund, 23 Elm Street, Westfield, NY 14787 or to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105.
Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to leave a message of sympathy to Steve's family or to light a memorial candle.