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July 19, 2018

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October 20, 2017
Please accept my condolences on John's death. We never met in person but had been in touch for many years via email. John so dearly loved his family and was proud of all of you. He spoke about you many times. On the morning that his beloved Polly passed away, he called me, so bereft. He said time and again that he loved his family beyond words.

John was a pioneer in the early days of cave diving and made significant contributions in exploration and mapping of Florida's and Bonaire's underwater caves. He literally "wrote the book" on cave exploration and cartography. Even now in the era of computerized mapping, this book remains a classic. There are few cave divers who have not read it, and it is sold to this day.

John and I "met" about 10 years ago when I was looking for information about diving the Bonaire caves. After speaking on the phone, he graciously put me in touch with his friends Pam Teitel and Peter Malin on the island. Pam and Peter helped with access to the underwater cave "Uruguay de Suid" and even provided John's original "tank protector" to shelter our dive tanks when we lowered them down the shaft into the cavern. During the dive, we photographed John's original survey stations, which were intact and in excellent shape some 30 years after he placed them. John was happy to see the photos. He generously donated his original map of this cave to the Cave Diving Section of the National Speleological Society, of which he was a lifelong honorary member and emeritus cave instructor. We will miss him and will honor his memory.
October 18, 2017
My most heartfelt condolences to the John burge family. I worked with John at Emerson in his Advisory Board Member role under Chuck Knight. I viewed John as a coach, a mentor and most importantly as a friend. He was such a knowledgeable person and became an expert in nearly everything in which he took an interest. I never heard him complain or say anything bad about anyone. His ability to motivate people was beyond reproach. He was a true leader that got the most of people while treating them with the utmost of respect. I believe John was most proud of his family and always beamed after a large family get together. I know he is back where he belongs with his Polly. Never met two people who were made for each other more than John andPolly. Rip my friend and thank you for taking a sincere interest in a 20 something's career in the early 1980's.
October 9, 2017
May John Burge rest in peace.Condolences to the family and friends.God Speed.
October 9, 2017
Carol, I am slow opening my emails. So sorry about your brother. I remember you talking about him so fondly. We all rely on our knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel. May god bless you and all of the family.
Lee and Marijane