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Celebrating the life of
Philip Burguieres
September 03, 1943 - June 30, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Reception
  • 6:15pm
  • St. Anne St. Basil Hall
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • Rosary
  • 4-5:30pm Semi Private - Wednesday, July 06, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 6-9:00pm - Wednesday, July 06, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 12-3:00pm - Thursday, July 07, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Requiem Mass
  • 5:00pm - Thursday, July 07, 2016
  • St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • (713) 526-3276

I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what God promises for the future with regards to our dead loved ones. ( John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24:15 ) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log in on our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

We are very sorry for your loss Emily. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We hope you find peace in knowing what a well loved, respected and accomplished man your father was.

Cooper Family, Houston, TX

My prayers and thoughts are with Martial and his sister. I hope you find solace and peace. RIP Mr. Burgeieres.

Eric Waligura, Houston , TX

My heart mourns with you over this devistating loss. Your dad accomplished much and his legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren and the numerous people helped with his philanthropy. I will never forget his smile, his devotion to God and the church. His tenacity and hard work after TBI was nothing short of amazing. Prayers your way during this difficult time.

Monica V. Gutierrez, Houston, TX

My condolences to Philip's family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Charles Clebert LeBlanc Jr and Patricia Blackwell, New Orleans, LA

I was chief legal counsel and corporate secretary at Cameron until 1989. Through the years after Cameron was sold, Philip and I stayed in touch. We would talk about where we were and what we were doing. His counsel helped me make a couple of critical decisions. A favorite time was after he joined the Texans. Every year we would exchange messages about the team. No matter how long it was between our communications, it was as if he had just spoken with me the week before. My deepest condolences to his family. God speed, Philip.

Neal Sutton, Austin, TX

My thoughts and prayers are with you Emily and Martial. I loved your Mom and Dad dearly and now they are together talking. I will see you tomorrow an look forward to giving you big hugs! Lots of Love!

Kei Schafer-Heid, Spring, TX

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. We've all had to endure the sorrow of losing a loved one in death. What helped me the most was prayer and faith in God's promises like found here at John 6: 40 and it tells us: "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day." For more comforting scriptures please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. Feel free to contact me if you wish at my email address; myranj@centurytel.net

Myran Julie Jarmon, Midland City, Al

Emily and Martial our sympathy and condolences to you both. We will have your families in our thoughts and prayers.

Tom and Joanie Brady , Basking Ridge , NJ

Like his forebear Eugene Burguières whose far-reaching vision steered him from his home in Paris, across an ocean, to the outlying village of Houma, Louisiana in 1831 with little else than an education and a dream; and like Jules Burguières, Sr. who transformed the landscape of southwest Louisiana into verdant fields of sugarcane after the Civil War, Philip Burguières brought his unique vision and business acumen as he led the 130 year-old family companies– the J. M. Burguières Company and Southern States Land and Timber Company- into a period of unprecedented success. I am so honored to have worked with such a man. Always a visionary, Philip knew the value of uncovering and preserving the past so that future generations would know the stories that made them who they are. For so many reasons, his name will live on forever. My heartfelt condolences to the family. ---- Donna McGee Onebane, author of The House That Sugarcane Built: The Louisiana Burguières

Donna McGee Onebane, New Orleans, LA

With deepest sympathy for the family loss. Philip was a wonderful, inspirational leader. While his business and technical leadership was admired by all who knew him, his compassion for the individual and integrity were truly outstanding. He will be missed by all he touched and left the world a better place.

Gilbert and Karen Nance, Katy, TX

Thank you Philip for almost 50 years of friendship. I've uploaded a photo of you and me on the tee box at Cypress Point in November, 2007. I also remember our 36 holes at the Old Course at St. Andrews on one afternoon in June, 1974. And I fondly remember you saying "I finally beat you Bob" after our last round in Houston. All the best my friend!

Bob and Nancy Hall, Hickory, NC

With my deepest sympathy. Philip was President at CAMERON in the late 70 and 80's. He was such an inspiration to us all. No matter how low on the totem pole he knew us and knew by name. So proud to have known this man and what a legacy he leaves. Blessings to all the family.

Pat Chandler, Point Blank, Tx

The entire Donelson Caffery family, as friends and partners of the Burguieres family, have long enjoyed and appreciated working with Philip Burguieres and regret and are sorry to learn of his passing. He will long be fondly remembered. Rader Jackson

The Donelson Caffry Family, Franklin and New Orleans, LA.

A great man has continued on his journey. His love for all will continue in a new way with heavenly connections among our ancestors and all here on earth. Thankful for the completion of his mission, which was so dear to him and written by Donna Onabane - his family story. Having a written account of his life and family's legancy will be cherished for generations. God bless his soul as he enters into eternal bliss.

Adrienne Patout, New Iberia, La

We are stunned with the passing of Philip. A powerhouse guy of the first order has left us and we pray that God is gentle as Philip is placed in Heaven.

OJ and Sally Reiss, Blairsville, GA, GA

Philip became my friend when he called me and asked me to meet him at Cameron in order to build a subsidiary for the company. It was a turning point in my career and we went on years later to go to Weatherford together. He was the single most inspiring, caring and brilliant man I have ever known in the Oilfield and our friendship was deep and enduring. He and Cheryl made my wedding special by attending and I treasure a picture of them with me in my wedding album. I am so lucky to have had Philip as a friend. I know how much he loved you Martial and Emily. My deepest condolences. Diane Ashen

Diane Ashen, Houston, Tx

Emily, Martial and Alice, I am praying for you guys during this difficult time. What a great loss! I know how much he will be missed! He was a great man who inspired and mentored so many. He was one of my dad's most honored and respected friends. All of my love to you guys! I'm here if you need anything!

Julie Lodge, Katy, TX

Alice, Emily, Martial, We offer our condolences for your loss of a great man. We appreciate the vision and leadership that Philip provided to initiate the start of the environmental business line within the JMB family business that we are all part of. The future is brighter and we are all better people thanks to Phillips contributions. We pray that his legacy touches many for years to come. Sincerely, Russell Walters

Russell Walters and the Environmental Division of The JM Burguieres Company, Lafayette, Louisiana

Alice & Family ... all of us at Philip's alma mater, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, are deeply saddened by his passing. He was such a special person in countless ways. What an honor it has been to have him as an alumnus and friend. We pray that the many good memories of him will help to sustain you during this time. Peace and blessings to you all.

David Comeaux, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

Our sincere condolences and prayers for Philip and the entire Burguieres family. His philanthropic and humanitarian contributions will leave an indelible mark on this country forever. Galen & Marietta LaBauve

Galen J. LaBauve, Youngsville , La.

Emily, Martial Denis and families....please know how much the Class of 62 will miss Phillip. He was always just Phillip to all of us. Our prayers!!

Francine Schuler Garzotto, New iberia, la.

We have lost a great man and a great friend. Philip had the rare combination of a generous spirit, a kind heart, and a brilliant mind. He helped many people who were in need and in so many ways unknown to the public. Our lives were enriched, priveledged, and blessed to have known Philip Burguieres.

John and Frances Sage, Houston , TX

On behalf of our Catholic High School Family and the SPC/MCA/CHS Alumni Association , we would like to express our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one Philip. Our faith community will hold him and your family in prayer that God’s love will surround and sustain you through this difficult time. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel….pray for him. St. John Baptist de La Salle….pray for him. Live Jesus in our hearts….forever.

Catholic High School Family & SPC/MCA/CHS Alumni Association, New Iberia, LA

Everyone, My deepest sympathy and condolences, I have known Philip since I was a child visiting with his sister in law Catherine Courrege Huckaby and the Courrege family, Philip was a very special person, who made everyone feel very welcome in his presence and he was always very interested in your conversation, I remember one particular summer afternoon when Philip had come to visit Cheryl at the old Courrege family home on West Main Street in New Iberia and Catherine and I engaged Philip into playing cowboys with us. Remembering the Burguerise'famiky in my thoughts and prayers

Kitty Courts, Jeanerette, La

Everyone, My deepest sympathy and condolences, I have known Philip since I was a child visiting with his sister in law Catherine Courrege Huckaby and the Courrege family, Philip was a very special person, who made everyone feel very welcome in his presence and he was always very interested in your conversation, I remember one particular summer afternoon when Philip had come to visit Cheryl at the old Courrege family home on West Main Street in New Iberia and Catherine and I engaged Philip into playing cowboys with us. Remembering the Burguerise'famiky in my thoughts and prayers

Kitty Courts, Jeanerette, La

Surrounded by his family and loved ones, well-known Houston business and community leader, Philip Joseph Burguières, passed away on the on the evening of June 30, 2016.

A devoted grandfather, father and husband Philip was born in Franklin, Louisiana on September 3, 1943. He was the only son and youngest child of Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguières and Denis Philip Joseph Burguières Jr. Having graduated from Catholic High School in New Iberia, where he played football for the Panthers, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Southwestern Louisiana (now The University of Louisiana - Lafayette), where a Chair in the engineering department has been dedicated in his honor. In 1992 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from his beloved alma mater.

On August 21, 1965, Philip married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Courrégé and briefly lived in New Orleans while working with Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., Inc, a consulting engineering firm. Philip joined the Navy and the young couple relocated to Virginia Beach, VA where he completed training at Officer Candidate School. He served in the U. S. Navy for four years during the Vietnam era in the Civil Engineer Corps, Construction Battalion or "Seabees" in Virginia and then in California, reaching the rank of Lieutenant.

Upon completion of his service, Philip was accepted to The Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA after which he took the coveted position as financial manager for European Operations with Cameron Iron Works, Inc. in Houston, Texas. In 1971, the company moved the couple to Edinburgh, Scotland and in 1973 they welcomed their daughter, Emily. After three years overseas the family was transferred back to Houston where in 1977, the birth their son Martial completed the family. Under the guidance of Herb Allen, Philip quickly ascended the corporate ladder and became President and Chief Operating Officer at the young age of 38. By 1986 he was recognized as one of the youngest Chief Executive Officers to ever run a Fortune 500 company. His rising success was attributed in newspaper article to his intelligent management planning, commitment to hard work as well as his efforts to decentralize decision-making authority, adding production capacity to the company's oil tool division and trimming costs from manufacturing.

In 1978, Philip first joined the board of the J. M. Burguières Company, a family-owned land-holding company that he would chair from 1986 until his retirement from that role in 2012. Together with his cousin Ron Cambre, they grew the consortium from a small sugar farming and salt dome operation in south Louisiana to a substantial company with land and mineral interests in three states. Philip was also instrumental in commissioning a history of the family and business that was published as The House that Sugarcane Built by Donna McGee Onebane in 2014.

In 1989, following 19 years of service to Cameron and the company's simultaneous $1 billion merger with Cooper Industries, Philip joined Panhandle Eastern Corporation a Houston pipeline company, for which he had previously served as an outside board member, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Shortly thereafter he added the title of Chairman of the Board to his resume.

Resigning 11 months later and taking a brief hiatus from corporate life, Philip returned to the oilfield service industry in 1991 as President, Chief Executive Officer and eventually Chairman of the Board of Weatherford International, Inc. Under his leadership, the company grew organically and through acquisitions from $147 million in 1990 to $859 million in 1995. On the heels of a series of successful acquisitions which culminated in a merger with industry peer Enterra Corporation in 1996, Philip resigned for personal health reasons marking the end of a 30-year energy career, during which he was named Energy Service Industry CEO of the Year three times by Financial World Magazine.

His work ethic and commitment to his community was evident in his unrelenting service to his industry. He served as President of the Petroleum Club of Houston, the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers' Association and as Chairman of the National Ocean Industries Association, the Board of Directors of Texas Commerce Bancshares, McDermott International and Cogen Technologies. He was also a member of the Texas Heart Institute's National Advisory Council and chaired the Board of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.

After retirement Philip set about devising a "paradigm shift" for his life in order to preserve his health, scheduling time for regular physical activity, maintaining intellectual endeavors and connecting with people and causes near and dear to his heart. He devoted time to caring for his ailing wife Cheryl who was being treated for breast cancer and to working with his friend, John Sage to conceptualize, research and develop the transformative prison ministry now widely known as Bridges to Life. He consulted for Bob McNair at Cogen Technologies and in 1999 was tapped by his long-time friend to help develop the front office for Houston's new National Football League franchise, the Texans.

Philip began a new career as Vice Chairman of the Houston Texans assisting with all aspects of the team's business operations, leveraging his corporate leadership skills and previous industry contacts to help ensure a successful launch of the franchise in 2002. It was the most fun and enjoyable period of his professional life thus far.

While remaining actively involved with the Texans organization, Philip was also able to pursue philanthropic interests. In 1999 he facilitated publishing his wife's book, One Centimeter, which raised over $100,000 for the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Inspired by Cheryl’s ongoing fight against breast cancer, Philip began to courageously disclose his own struggles with depression and became an advocate for mental health issues on a local and national level. A gifted speaker and persuasive negotiator, he soon was being contacted confidentially by executives from around the world. Being aware that most healthcare plans at the time did not cover treatment for mental illness Philip was instrumental in breaking down barriers for those needing treatment. He also recognized that in spite of the breadth of medical care available in Houston, the city lacked a treatment center for the broad range of psychiatric diagnoses.

He became involved with the board of Mental Health America of Greater Houston and eventually served as its Chairman. In 2000 he received the organization's Ima Hogg Award. He championed his cause when seeking an insurance carrier for the Texans and paved the way for the franchise to be the first NFL team to implement mental health parity in 2002. All the while, Philip was working to help forge a partnership between Houston's Baylor College of Medicine, The Methodist Hospital and the Menninger Clinic that would bring the treatment center to Houston in 2003. For these efforts, he was named the 2003 William Styron Award recipient by the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America).

In 2005 Philip received the Woodrow Wilson Corporate Citizenship Award from the Smithsonian Institute for demonstrating a deep concern for the common good beyond the bottom line. He particularly proud of this accolade because it underscored his fundamental commitment to scholarship, public discourse and the promotion of knowledge and his belief that businesses should be good citizens in their own neighborhoods and the world at large while simultaneously advancing the long-term interests of their business, their employees and shareholders.

in 2005, his wife Cheryl lost her battle with breast cancer and Philip's philanthropic activities became more keenly focused on mental health care related interests. He served as vice chairman of both the Menninger Clinic and the Baylor College of Medicine as well as on the Executive Committee of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. He crafted a long-term, large scale vision for the Menninger Clinic "Mental Health Epicenter," the intersection of research and patient-focused treatment from which the ideas, science and clinical care would influence the global community and establish new standards for care. In 2012, that vision became a reality as the Menninger Clinic opened its state-of-the-art 50-acre psychiatric hospital facility. He considered the clinic and its success his legacy to the city of Houston.

In this period professionally, Philip helped to bring a college football "bowl game" back to Houston, serving as the Vice Chairman of the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, and elevating the caliber of the bowl game experience each year. The match-up is now known as the Texas Bowl and features a post-season NCAA Division I college match-up. He also conceptualized EMC Holdings, an investment management company specializing in the oil service industry. He served the Board of Directors of FMC Technologies, Inc. and Newfield Exploration Company and was a member of the National Petroleum Council.

Later that same year, Philip sustained a brain injury as a result of complications from a fall at home and his many projects and interests were left to others to complete or forgotten entirely. He spent nearly three months in-patient at TIRR Memorial Hermann and another year in out-patient therapy. In spite of the remarkable recovery he made in so many other areas, Philip never regained the ability to speak or write, although his receptive language abilities improved with time. He worked tirelessly to recover and regain as much of his pre-injury life as he could and his efforts were nothing short of heroic.

Philip largely retired from public life and enjoyed time with his children and grandchildren as often as he could. His face lit up when he saw them and seldom did he miss a birthday party, school event or athletic activity in which one of them participated.

Although the professional facade fell away, the essence and legacy of Philip Burguières continued to shine through his injured exterior. He remained proud of his small-town beginnings and could create a connection with anyone from any background. Before his accident, he was well known for making anyone he was speaking to feel like the only person in the room and his incomparable memory never failed him. He had a genuine interest in everyone he met and was equally at home on a shop floor or in an executive office suite. Being raised in south Louisiana, Philip had cultivated the fine art of "visiting" to its highest form of expression and greatly enjoyed the simple human connections a good conversation afforded. He was often claimed as "the first friend I made in Houston" by many colleagues and friends.

Philip was a man of quiet yet enduring faith and strong moral convictions. He attended mass at his parish of St. Anne weekly and supported Catholic education so that other children from humble beginnings might also achieve their visions to improve the world. He used his Catholic faith as his life compass and believed in treating everyone with dignity and respect and was uncomfortable with guile. In business and in life, his reputation and his word, were maintained to sterling standards which earned him trustworthiness and success in negotiations and transactions across the board.

Philip believed that those blessed with resources had an obligation to use them, at least in part, to improve the world in some way. He practiced this tenet by mentoring younger colleagues, by volunteering with and leading charitable organizations and by donating generously to those organizations aligned with his values. He was selfless with everyone and all who encountered him felt richer for the experience.

For Philip, family meant everything and he had no greater joy than spending time with his five grandchildren. As a parent, he took pride in sharing the fact that his adult children were his closest confidantes and he looked forward to their company in all capacities. He was also was a talented Cajun cook and enjoyed gathering his family around gumbo or étouffée to share the week’s stories and accomplishments. It was often in those relaxed moments following a meal with loved ones that he was most happy - sharing jokes, reminiscing and being fully present in the moment, at peace with himself and enjoying life, which coincidentally were some of the very character traits that friends and family sought to emulate and drew people close to him.

Although Philip will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives he touched and who had the privilege of knowing him his remarkable legacy to his family and to the city of Houston will be recognized for generations to come.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents, Denis Philip Joseph Burguières, Jr. and Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguières and his first wife, Cheryl Courrégé Burguières. He is survived by his wife of nine years, Alice Kirkpatrick Burguières, whom he married in 2007, his children Emily Burguières Dalicandro and her husband Steve, P. Martial Burguières and his wife Valeria, his step-children Stephanie and Morgan Harcrow and Ashley Harcrow Moseley and her husband Seth, grandchildren Luke, Beau and Emma Burguières, Joe and Sam Dalicandro and Alice Mae Moseley, sister Denise Burguières Hein, brother-in-law John Edward Courrégé and his wife Dana, sister-in-law Susan Courrégé Phillips and her husband Gary, sister-in-law Catherine Courrégé Huckaby and her husband Victor, nieces Lauren Huckaby and Katelyn Huckaby Sarkies, Nicole Dronet and Juliane Courrégé, nephews Émile and John Courrégé, Robert, Denis and Steve Hein, Logan and Baron Phillips, and Victor Huckaby, 6 great-nieces and 9 great-nephews, many cousins, other relatives and friends.

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 a semi-private Rosary for family and close friends will take place at four o'clock in the afternoon at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama St., Houston, followed by an open visitation period from half past five o’clock until nine o’clock in the evening. The family will again receive friends on Thursday, July 7 from noon until three o’clock in the afternoon at the Bradshaw-Carter Home. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Thursday evening, July 7, at five o'clock in the afternoon at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77098. A reception will follow in St. Basil Hall. The family will receive friends in Louisiana on Friday evening, July 8 from six until eight o'clock in the evening at Ibert's Mortuary, 1007 Main Street, Franklin, Louisiana 70538. An interment service will be held at St. Helen Cemetery on the Florence Plantation in Louisa, Louisiana on Saturday morning, July 8 at nine o'clock. A memorial mass will be celebrated at half past ten o’clock in the morning at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 108 East St. Peter St., New Iberia, Louisiana 70560. A reception will follow at the Gouguenheim, 101 West Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560. Friends are cordially invited to all services.

Philip's family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute and TIRR Memorial Hermann facilities for their compassion and support during his recovery following his brain injury. Special recognition is owed to Philip's care team: Antoinette Denson, Deidra Denson, Bernadette Denson-Gaines, Sean Ashby and Lois Johnson for their loving dedication over the full duration of his disability. We are grateful for the services provided by Sophia Tilton with Words of Wisdom Speech Therapy, Stephanie McConnell for physical therapy and personal training and Sid Gerber of S. Gerber & Associates, Inc.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Menninger Clinic (www.menningerclinic.com/donate/make-a-donation-to-Menninger), Office of Philanthropy, 12301 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77035 or to the Burguières Family Foundation (www.GHCF.org/donation-ghcf/) payable to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, ATTN: Gift Processor, 5120 Woodway Dr. #6000, Houston, Texas 77056. Please note "Burguières Family Foundation" in the memo line of the check.

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Candle tribute lit by Lillamaud Leike Hammond — Maryland

I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what God promises for the future with regards to our dead loved ones. ( John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24:15 ) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log in on our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Ryan Barrientos — Texas

We are very sorry for your loss Emily. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We hope you find peace in knowing what a well loved, respected and accomplished man your father was.

Cooper Family, Houston, TX

My prayers and thoughts are with Martial and his sister. I hope you find solace and peace. RIP Mr. Burgeieres.

Eric Waligura, Houston , TX

My heart mourns with you over this devistating loss. Your dad accomplished much and his legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren and the numerous people helped with his philanthropy. I will never forget his smile, his devotion to God and the church. His tenacity and hard work after TBI was nothing short of amazing. Prayers your way during this difficult time.

Monica V. Gutierrez, Houston, TX

My condolences to Philip's family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Charles Clebert LeBlanc Jr and Patricia Blackwell, New Orleans, LA

I was chief legal counsel and corporate secretary at Cameron until 1989. Through the years after Cameron was sold, Philip and I stayed in touch. We would talk about where we were and what we were doing. His counsel helped me make a couple of critical decisions. A favorite time was after he joined the Texans. Every year we would exchange messages about the team. No matter how long it was between our communications, it was as if he had just spoken with me the week before. My deepest condolences to his family. God speed, Philip.

Neal Sutton, Austin, TX

My thoughts and prayers are with you Emily and Martial. I loved your Mom and Dad dearly and now they are together talking. I will see you tomorrow an look forward to giving you big hugs! Lots of Love!

Kei Schafer-Heid, Spring, TX

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. We've all had to endure the sorrow of losing a loved one in death. What helped me the most was prayer and faith in God's promises like found here at John 6: 40 and it tells us: "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day." For more comforting scriptures please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. Feel free to contact me if you wish at my email address; myranj@centurytel.net

Myran Julie Jarmon, Midland City, Al

Candle tribute lit by Bennie Daricek — Texas

Emily and Martial our sympathy and condolences to you both. We will have your families in our thoughts and prayers.

Tom and Joanie Brady , Basking Ridge , NJ

Like his forebear Eugene Burguières whose far-reaching vision steered him from his home in Paris, across an ocean, to the outlying village of Houma, Louisiana in 1831 with little else than an education and a dream; and like Jules Burguières, Sr. who transformed the landscape of southwest Louisiana into verdant fields of sugarcane after the Civil War, Philip Burguières brought his unique vision and business acumen as he led the 130 year-old family companies– the J. M. Burguières Company and Southern States Land and Timber Company- into a period of unprecedented success. I am so honored to have worked with such a man. Always a visionary, Philip knew the value of uncovering and preserving the past so that future generations would know the stories that made them who they are. For so many reasons, his name will live on forever. My heartfelt condolences to the family. ---- Donna McGee Onebane, author of The House That Sugarcane Built: The Louisiana Burguières

Donna McGee Onebane, New Orleans, LA

With deepest sympathy for the family loss. Philip was a wonderful, inspirational leader. While his business and technical leadership was admired by all who knew him, his compassion for the individual and integrity were truly outstanding. He will be missed by all he touched and left the world a better place.

Gilbert and Karen Nance, Katy, TX

Thank you Philip for almost 50 years of friendship. I've uploaded a photo of you and me on the tee box at Cypress Point in November, 2007. I also remember our 36 holes at the Old Course at St. Andrews on one afternoon in June, 1974. And I fondly remember you saying "I finally beat you Bob" after our last round in Houston. All the best my friend!

Bob and Nancy Hall, Hickory, NC

With my deepest sympathy. Philip was President at CAMERON in the late 70 and 80's. He was such an inspiration to us all. No matter how low on the totem pole he knew us and knew by name. So proud to have known this man and what a legacy he leaves. Blessings to all the family.

Pat Chandler, Point Blank, Tx

The entire Donelson Caffery family, as friends and partners of the Burguieres family, have long enjoyed and appreciated working with Philip Burguieres and regret and are sorry to learn of his passing. He will long be fondly remembered. Rader Jackson

The Donelson Caffry Family, Franklin and New Orleans, LA.

A great man has continued on his journey. His love for all will continue in a new way with heavenly connections among our ancestors and all here on earth. Thankful for the completion of his mission, which was so dear to him and written by Donna Onabane - his family story. Having a written account of his life and family's legancy will be cherished for generations. God bless his soul as he enters into eternal bliss.

Adrienne Patout, New Iberia, La

We are stunned with the passing of Philip. A powerhouse guy of the first order has left us and we pray that God is gentle as Philip is placed in Heaven.

OJ and Sally Reiss, Blairsville, GA, GA

Philip became my friend when he called me and asked me to meet him at Cameron in order to build a subsidiary for the company. It was a turning point in my career and we went on years later to go to Weatherford together. He was the single most inspiring, caring and brilliant man I have ever known in the Oilfield and our friendship was deep and enduring. He and Cheryl made my wedding special by attending and I treasure a picture of them with me in my wedding album. I am so lucky to have had Philip as a friend. I know how much he loved you Martial and Emily. My deepest condolences. Diane Ashen

Diane Ashen, Houston, Tx

Emily, Martial and Alice, I am praying for you guys during this difficult time. What a great loss! I know how much he will be missed! He was a great man who inspired and mentored so many. He was one of my dad's most honored and respected friends. All of my love to you guys! I'm here if you need anything!

Julie Lodge, Katy, TX

Alice, Emily, Martial, We offer our condolences for your loss of a great man. We appreciate the vision and leadership that Philip provided to initiate the start of the environmental business line within the JMB family business that we are all part of. The future is brighter and we are all better people thanks to Phillips contributions. We pray that his legacy touches many for years to come. Sincerely, Russell Walters

Russell Walters and the Environmental Division of The JM Burguieres Company, Lafayette, Louisiana

Alice & Family ... all of us at Philip's alma mater, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, are deeply saddened by his passing. He was such a special person in countless ways. What an honor it has been to have him as an alumnus and friend. We pray that the many good memories of him will help to sustain you during this time. Peace and blessings to you all.

David Comeaux, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

Our sincere condolences and prayers for Philip and the entire Burguieres family. His philanthropic and humanitarian contributions will leave an indelible mark on this country forever. Galen & Marietta LaBauve

Galen J. LaBauve, Youngsville , La.

Candle tribute lit by Sean A. Ashby — Texas

Emily, Martial Denis and families....please know how much the Class of 62 will miss Phillip. He was always just Phillip to all of us. Our prayers!!

Francine Schuler Garzotto, New iberia, la.

We have lost a great man and a great friend. Philip had the rare combination of a generous spirit, a kind heart, and a brilliant mind. He helped many people who were in need and in so many ways unknown to the public. Our lives were enriched, priveledged, and blessed to have known Philip Burguieres.

John and Frances Sage, Houston , TX

On behalf of our Catholic High School Family and the SPC/MCA/CHS Alumni Association , we would like to express our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one Philip. Our faith community will hold him and your family in prayer that God’s love will surround and sustain you through this difficult time. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel….pray for him. St. John Baptist de La Salle….pray for him. Live Jesus in our hearts….forever.

Catholic High School Family & SPC/MCA/CHS Alumni Association, New Iberia, LA

Everyone, My deepest sympathy and condolences, I have known Philip since I was a child visiting with his sister in law Catherine Courrege Huckaby and the Courrege family, Philip was a very special person, who made everyone feel very welcome in his presence and he was always very interested in your conversation, I remember one particular summer afternoon when Philip had come to visit Cheryl at the old Courrege family home on West Main Street in New Iberia and Catherine and I engaged Philip into playing cowboys with us. Remembering the Burguerise'famiky in my thoughts and prayers

Kitty Courts, Jeanerette, La

Everyone, My deepest sympathy and condolences, I have known Philip since I was a child visiting with his sister in law Catherine Courrege Huckaby and the Courrege family, Philip was a very special person, who made everyone feel very welcome in his presence and he was always very interested in your conversation, I remember one particular summer afternoon when Philip had come to visit Cheryl at the old Courrege family home on West Main Street in New Iberia and Catherine and I engaged Philip into playing cowboys with us. Remembering the Burguerise'famiky in my thoughts and prayers

Kitty Courts, Jeanerette, La


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