Former Detroit Red Wing, Shawn Burr passed away on Monday, August 5th, after a fall in his house, which caused head trauma.
When Shawn passed it was a surprise that no one was prepared for and the fact that it was an accident made it even harder to rationalize. I was prepared in the event that the battle with cancer became too much for him, but I was not prepared for this.
Shawn was a family friend and since I can remember he would come by our house to chat and joke around. I saw Shawn over the Fourth of July weekend, I had not seen him since the Hockey Cancer Classic a little over a year ago, and he was the same witty guy that I remembered. He was celebrating his birthday that week and he was very much on the road to a full recovery.
I wish I could remember what we talked about that day, but at the same time it does not matter; what mattered is that we talked and we laughed.
I am eternally grateful for having the opportunity to know him and I will always remember the good times we shared.
When Shawn ordered food at a restaurant he would always say:
I’ll have the turtle soup… make it snappy!
One quote I will always remember from Shawn:
I was told that I would never make it to the NHL, I was told I would never be drafted, and I was told that he would never be drafted in the first round, but I did and I was.
Burr was drafted 7th overall by the Detroit Red Wings and used his doubters as motivation to propel him to a successful hockey career with the Red Wings, Lightning, and Sharks.
He approached his battle with AML the same way as he approached everything else in life…head on with a “you can’t take me down” attitude and he beat the cancer
I will miss talking to him, I will miss his humor, and I will miss the man who cared more about everyone else around him than himself.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation visit The Shawn Burr Foundation website or mail to: Shawn Burr Foundation – PO Box 610812; Port Huron, MI 48061-0812.