Sea-Hawks Lose a Great Team Leader

It is with deep sadness that Memorial  Athletics announces the passing of one of our best and brightest student-athletes. Erin Bursey, captain of our women's volleyball team passed away Tuesday evening, succumbing to her injuries from a pedestrian vehicle accident on Saturday evening. Erin epitomized the definition of student-athlete, a two-time CIS Academic All Canadian, an athlete that competed fearlessly and always left it all out on the floor. A leader and friend among her teammates and varsity athletes across all sports, her presence will be missed. Erin was a multi-scholarship award winner, most recently winning the prestigious Frank T. Butler Memorial Scholarship, presented to a student-athlete that best combines athletic commitment, academic success and contribution as an ambassador in the community. She certainly left an amazing mark on the multiple community groups that she gave of her time as a volunteer.




Erin recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology and was looking forward to a return to school in September to complete her 5th year of eligibility and was excited at the possibility to compete at home in the 2013 AUS Women's Volleyball championships.




Our thoughts are with Erin's family, teammates, friends and all those in the NL volleyball community that would have had the pleasure to know, love and feel her vibrant spirit. Her passing certainly leaves a void in our Sea-Hawk family. Erin's Obituary is below.





Erin Bursey   June 21st, 1991 - June 26th, 2012.




 Returned to the heavens, our star, on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012, Our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend, teammate, athlete, scholar, coach, mentor, volunteer, humanitarian. Predeceased by grandfather Roy Bursey and grandmother Georgina Parsons. Erin leaves behind her heartbroken family: parents Glenn and Jackie (nee Parsons); brothers Andrew and Colin (Brooke Phinney); grandfather Harold Parsons; grandmother Phyllis Bursey (nee Perry); aunts: Pamela Bulgin (Cyril), Jo-anne Parsons, Tina Pretty (Greg); uncles: Geoff Parsons (Valerie Long) and Jim Parsons (Darcy); aunts: Desiree Lane (Nick), Debbie Bursey (Carlos Rivera), Pamela Bursey-Fitzgerald (Scott); uncle Phillip (Jacqueline). Erin is also survived by cousins: Bob Pope (Kelly Hyde), Genevieve Bulgin (Paul Goulart), Tara Bulgin (Joshua LeBlanc), Stephen Pope (Sarah), Jayn and Robin Pretty, Scott and Kate Parsons, Stuart, Adam, and Eliza Bursey, Grace and Clark Fitzgerald, and Alexander Rivera, also "cousins" Kenny and Melissa Pennell. Visitation will take place at Barrett's Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Avenue., St. John's from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 29th, 2012. A memorial service to celebrate Erin's life will be held at the Memorial University Field House on Saturday, June 30th, 2012, 12:00 p.m. A private interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Erin's memory can be made to Memorial University of Newfoundland, Alumni Affairs & Development Office for the establishment of the Erin Bursey Memorial Leadership Award, either by phone 1-877-700-4081 or 864-4354 or online at