"It's so sad that she's gone, and it's so sudden and unexpected that it's overwhelmed all of us with
emotion," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said. "We're all trying to deal with the loss. I totally
expect her to be back in her seat when we get back to AT&T Park. It's just a bitter reminder of how
fragile life is. She was a gift."
Infielder Rich Aurilia, who has spent more years with the Giants than any player on the club, said
that his memories of Burns transcend baseball.
"It was what a great woman she was and the way she treated everybody," Aurilia said. "She'll be
sorely missed sitting in that front row."
Led by outfielder Randy Winn, Giants players prayed for Burns before beginning pregame drills upon
learning of her death Sunday morning. They had videotaped a get-well message for her last
"We all have heavy hearts today," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Sue was such a beautiful lady who gave
us her unwavering support all the time. These were her kids and we're going to really miss her and
her smile coming into the dugout before the game. ... Now that she's passed away, it's unreal. It's
hard to believe how fast it happened. It's a hard day for all of us."
Giants managing general partner and CEO Bill Neukom expressed his sorrow in a statement. "Sue was a
remarkable mother, grandmother and friend whose loving and nurturing spirit touched everyone in the
Giants family," Neukom said. "Her unwavering loyalty to her beloved orange and black could be felt
throughout the entire organization."
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement that read, in part, "Sue was a great baseball fan
and loved her Giants. She was a wonderful person who was beloved for all of her good works in the
community. She will be missed, and on behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest sympathies
and condolences to her family and friends."
Burns, who was born on Aug. 9, 1950, in Anchorage, Alaska, was the widow of Harmon Burns, who died
in November of 2006 at age 61. A financier in the San Francisco Bay Area, Harmon Burns was a key
member of the investor group that purchased the Giants from Bob Lurie after the 1992 season and
prevented them from moving to Tampa-St. Petersburg.
Peter Magowan, the Giants' managing general partner from the time they were bought from Lurie until
last October, addressed Harmon Burns' largely overlooked impact on the franchise. "The Giants
wouldn't be here, in my view, had Harmon not had that passion and commitment," Magowan told The San
Francisco Chronicle upon Burns' death.
Sue and Harmon met in 1969 when they both worked at the Pentagon. They moved to California in 1972,
where they raised their daughters, Trina Burns Dean and Tori Burns. Sue Burns proceeded to earn her
degree from California State University-Hayward and taught math at Woodside Priory from
Sue Burns inherited the title of senior general partner once her husband died. She had been said to
possess the largest ownership stake in the team among its many partners.
Burns' ardor for the Giants never flagged, even as her illness worsened. Earlier this month, she
hosted her annual party for team members, club officials and investors at her Atherton, Calif.,
"She loved her boys," Bochy said. "She was proud of them."
Burns enjoyed warm relationships with many players. Aurilia, for one, telephoned her last Tuesday to
check on her. "She seemed in good spirits, though I knew she was struggling," Aurilia said.
Burns was especially close to left fielder Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader who played for
the Giants from 1993-2007. Burns reportedly influenced the re-signing of Bonds for his final year.
Bonds reciprocated with enduring loyalty. He had his personal trainers work with Harmon Burns in his
final weeks to bring him comfort, and after hitting his 755th career homer in San Diego to tie Hank
Aaron's record, he made a special effort to embrace Sue Burns, who as usual was sitting near the
Burns devoted her philanthropic pursuits to numerous causes, including the Giants Community Fund,
Sequoia Hospital, St. Pius Church and the St. Francis Center.
Besides her daughters, Burns is survived by her mother, Inge Trina; her son-in-law, Rob Dean; her
granddaughters, Mackenzie and Madison Dean; and her brothers, Jay, Tom, Marty and Chris Trina.
Funeral arrangements are pending.