ITEA Life Member and Founder of the ITEA Mid-Pacific Chapter
Stewart Vine “Stu” Burley, 83, of Lawai, Kauai passed away at home on Saturday, August 18, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on February 26, 1935 in Binghamton, New York and moved to Kauai in January 1957 to help open the Pacific Missile Range Facility, known as Bonham Air Force Base back then.
He spent six years in the Navy as a guided Missile man. In 1961 he left the Navy and joined Civil Service at PMRF as the Range Scheduling Officer, and within a year he became a Program Manager and was responsible for submarine type programs. He was Program Manager for RIMPAC, SUBROC, Sandia Kauai Operational Launches (SKOL) and HIBALL. After 47 years, he retired and started a Consulting Firm, known as STU, LLC (Strategic Theories Unlimited, LLC). He was involved in many community boards and programs, and truly loved meeting and talking with everyone he met.
Stu was passionate about education and the youth of Kauai. and worked with six schools on the island, from elementary to high school, educating students about scholarships and assisted them with applications. He gave selflessly of his time and resources to inspire the bright and talented students on Kauai with his passion for science and technology. He made a difference on the island of Kauai.
He was an amazing husband, father, papa, son, brother and friend, and he will be dearly missed.
A famous writer once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”, a motto he shared with his family on a regular basis. His Family was his pride and joy.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ku’uipo Gail Kaiwa Burley, his parents: Dexter Vine Burley and Margaret Robbins Stewart Burley; brother, Richard A. Burley of Phoenix, AZ. His in-laws, Edward Baba and Ida Kaiwa of Kekaha.
He is survivied by his children, Skipper (Tasy) Burley, Sperry (Renee) Burley and Surreyann (Kele) Alaibilla. Grandchildren: Seneca, Sera and Shelbie Burley; Sydnie, Steeler and Syren Burley;, and Ryan and Taylor Robbins Parongao.
Great-Grandchildren: Slader and Sailen Burley, Skyleigh Gonsalves, Ryder K Parongao and Cash Burley Daly.
Funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kalaheo Ward (2 Kaumuali’i Hwy, Kalaheo) on Saturday, September 29, with visitation at 9:00am and services to follow at 11:00am. Burial services will take place at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.
Aloha Attire suggested. Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.