Eugene Anthony "Gene" Burdge

Eugene "Gene" Anthony Burdge

AGE: 60 • Largo, Fla.

Eugene A. Burdge, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo, FL. Born on Dec. 28, 1951 in Point Pleasant, he grew up in Lakewood. Gene worked as a Florist in Lakewood and Fort Lee, NJ prior to working for more than 20 years in NYC at Citifloral, a shop he helped establish. He retired to Largo, FL 4 years ago due to illness. He will be lovingly remembered for his kind and generous nature and his wonderful sense of humor.

He was predeceased by his father, Anthony Burdge, in 2011. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Burdge; his sisters, Diana Weber and Kathy Gillhaus; nephews, Michael Christy, Shane Thomas, and Philip Gillhaus; and nieces, Donna Manaut, Rebecca Weber, Megan Holland, and Lauren Blair.

Respecting Gene's wishes, there will be a private memorial at sea at a later date. For those that would like to pay tribute to Gene, do something nice for a friend, he'd like that.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 9, 2013