Statement In Honor of Tina Burgess-Coan
"Mr. Speaker, it is with great personal sadness that I rise
to pay tribute to Tina Burgess -Coan , who died peacefully on May
12, 2003. Beloved wife of the late Judge George ``Papito George''
Coan and devoted mother of William and Robert Burgess , she was
a friend to so many and we were blessed to have her with us. Thank
you, William and Robert, for sharing your wonderful mother with
"Tina Burgess -Coan , affectionately known as ``Mama Tina ,''
was born in Colombia, South America. In Colombia, she studied with
the Carmelite Sisters and acquired the spiritual foundation for
a life of charity and giving. Her relationship with the Carmelite
Sisters continued to grow and guide her life of social and political
"On her way to San Francisco she spent time in Hollywood where
she perfected her glamorous style, but we are so fortunate that
she chose our city of San Francisco to be her home.
"Mama Tina came into my life during my first term in Congress.
Through the years, she continued to extend her loving support and
generosity to my family and friends. She was actively involved throughout
the San Francisco community, serving numerous neighborhood groups
and individuals. Always there when she was needed, she gave abundantly
of her time, her wisdom, and her delicious home-cooked meals.
"Words cannot express my appreciation for Mama Tina's many
years of love, generosity, and friendship to my family and the San
Francisco community. Wherever she went, she made everyone feel a
part of a large, caring family. She was one of a kind.
We will miss Mama Tina terribly but are grateful for every day we
had with her".