Burns, Hugh Lee Sr. CHULA VISTA -- Hugh Lee Burns, Sr. died at peace after 89 wondrous years on Friday, December 13, 2013. Born "Irish" on September 17, 1924, to Hugh Burns and Mary Florence Lee, he grew up in the lemon orchards and packing houses, thrived flying model airplanes or surf fishing off the rocks at Coronado, blossomed playing baseball and cheering for our Padres -- all this and more in Chula Vista with his two sisters, Peggy and Sheila, and his brother, Joseph. After his term as Senior Class President at Sweetwater High, he served our nation honorably for three years in the US Army during World War II
. On November 2, 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Jean McCarthy. They lovingly raised two children: Hugh Lee Burns, Jr., of Colorado Springs and Kathleen Nab Saunders, of Olathe, Kansas. He is survived by his son and daughter, his sister Peggy of San Diego, his brother, Joseph of Sacramento, and his loving companion, Anna Nagy of Chula Vista. As the family patriarch, he liked to say that his 11 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren had blessed him with more joy and more grace than he could have ever imagined or even deserved. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine, and by his sister, Sheila, and by a beautiful granddaughter, Tara Nab. When you take time to smell the flowers or to admire the tallest palm trees throughout the greater South Bay, chances are that you are enjoying the fruits of his labors as a career nurseryman at Peters Home and Garden in Chula Vista. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on December 23, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 293 H St., Chula Vista, CA 91910, the parish where he was baptized nearly ninety years ago. His ashes will be interred in a private family gathering at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The family is especially grateful to those medical professionals at the VA and Scripps who tenderly cared for him in the past several years. His soulful radiance in life and now in death came from his knowing that simple, eternal fact that the greatest gift of all is love. He was blessed, yes. But we who called him husband, brother, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, uncle, and dear friend were blessed more. So we invite you to pray with us: Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let Thy perpetual light shine upon him.