CONROE, TX – On July 4, 2017, community leader and icon John Burge passed away due to a heart attack in his home. The loss of the 84-year old icon was felt throughout Montgomery County, as Burge has been a wonderful serviceman and friend to many.
Burge was the perfect example of a public servant. Not only was Burge a Reserve Captain for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for 43 years, but he was also a long-time, respected member of the Lions Club. Burge was heavily involved in almost every event or function in Montgomery County, and was always happy to help.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack, who knew Burge for around 25 years, explained that Burge was a very exceptional person in all aspects of life. Burge and Mack worked together mostly in the Lions Club, as well as numerous other nonprofit events. Mack explained how Burge was extremely dedicated to his friends, family, and community; both in law enforcement and as a volunteer. Mack stated, “His [Burge] mission was truly to make a difference. You were just a better person because you knew him.”
Mack went on to explain how both Burge and his wife dedicated their lives to service, and Burge was well known, and missed, by practically everyone in the county.
Retired Captain Ken Ariola, a long-time friend to Burge, said, “I can’t remember not knowing John.” Ariola went on to explain Burge’s never-ending upbeat attitude and smile. Ariola said, “He always had something good to say about somebody, we could have something bad going on…but John could always find the good in everything.”
Ariola emphasized Burge was well-known and loved by everyone in the county. Ariola said, “You can’t hardly think of anybody who was in county government, city government, or any other entity or organization that didn’t know John Burge.”
John Burge is survived by his wife of 59 years, Subeth Burge; children John Burge and David Burge, who is a Conroe Police Officer; and several grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 07, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cashner Funeral Home at 801 Teas Road in Conroe. Funeral Services will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Conroe, located at 4308 West Davis Street.