Sunday, March 3, 2013

John Burr

John T. Burr died suddenly yet peacefully on February 22, after a long illness that had seemed to be in remission. A native of Massachusetts who grew up in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, before adopting New Orleans as his home, he brought a quirky Caribbean sensibility to his many creative endeavors. Softly outspoken with an occasional mischievous streak, he was a classic New Orleans persona who marched to his own inner beat, a creativity that fuelled his well known talents as a Flamenco guitarist and film maker. Less known was his behind the scenes encouragement and generosity that made a big difference in the lives of this city's many talented, yet struggling, young artists. Through them, his spirit will live on, as it will through his daughter Catherine and his talented wife Anne, director of the Anne Burr Dance Company.  Among his many friends, and especially in our emerging artist community, he will be remembered as one of this city's uniquely, if quietly, creative heroes. ~D. Eric Bookhardt