Funeral Service Saturday for Perry Burges, 1954- 2011

Published March 30, 2011 by Imperial Beach Patch.

Perry Burges owned the 7­-Eleven on Palm Avenue and Second Street for nearly two decades.

Burges died March 16. He was 56.

“He knows most or all of the people because he’d been there 19 years,” said his wife, Susan Burges. “He was a great man, great husband, great father, great grandfather, great friend, great everything.

“And, of course, he adored me,” she said. Susan and Perry Burges were married for 21 years.

After retiring last April, Burges spent time golfing with his grandson, fishing and teaching his granddaughter softball as he did for his three daughters at Mater Dei High School.

“He’d take my grandson to the golf range and they played there for hours,” she said.

Donation jars to help the family pay for funeral costs have been placed next to the cash register at his former business, now under construction, and others in the immediate area.

Viewings are March 23­25 from 5­9 p.m. at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary. A funeral service will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Bonita. website has also been created in his honor.

Antoinette Antonescu worked with Burges at the 7­-Eleven for two years.

“He was the coolest boss I ever had,” she said. “He wasn’t even a boss. He was the coolest dude I ever worked for.

“He was like a friend, like a brother,” she said. “I’m dumbfounded. Everyone loved Perry. Everyone.”

Linda Willis remembers Perry since he became the owner of the 7­-Eleven. A lifelong Imperial Beach resident, Willis remembers the store when it was a Speedy Mart.

Willis works at Lula’s Hair Salon across the street and every month for the past 10 years she cut his hair, one of the few redheads. “A clipper cut. He liked it just short,” she said.

“He was good to everyone. Someone you’d always want to know,” she said.
Burges’ 7­-Eleven “had a different feel to it,” Willis said. “It was like going to
Cheers.”

“The world would be a better place if we had more people like him. He was just an easy­going, big­hearted man,” Willis said.

Burges is survived by his wife, Susan, three daughters and four grandchildren. 

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