SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University community and the Lions' Athletic family was saddened to learn of the passing of former baseball player Shane Buriff in a motorcycle accident early Monday morning.  He turned 24 years old on Saturday.

Buriff was a star left-handed pitcher for the Lions during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.  As a senior in ‘08 he had a record of 3-0 for the Lions. He later signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox and soon began playing in Bristol, Tenn., for the Bristol White Sox before returning home a year later.

A funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Grace Family Church, 5105 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, Fla., with a visitation from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at 3:00 p.m. Friday at Trinity Memorial Gardens. Flowers are welcomed, or donations can be made to Northside Little League in Shane' s memory, 2650 N. Lakeview Drive, Tampa, FL 33618. An online guestbook is located at www.blountcurrycarrollwood.com.

His obituary as it appeared in The Tampa Tribune on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 -

"BURIFF, Shane George, 24, of Lutz, Fla., passed away suddenly May 23, 2010, in Land O' Lakes. He was born May 22, 1986, in Hollywood, Fla., to Brent and Debi Buriff. He attended Sickles High School, Polk Community College and Saint Leo University. Shane was signed by the Chicago White Sox organization in June 2008, and was assigned to the Bristol White Sox rookie level club.

He was a resident of Lutz, Fla., for 14 years, and was employed by Florida Rock and Tank Lines as a dispatcher for one year. Shane enjoyed living life to its fullest, playing softball, fishing and spending time with his friends and family.

Shane will be remembered by his loving parents, Brent and Debi; sister, Michelle Howell; brother-in-law, Greg Howell; brother, Jeffrey; sister-in-law, Dana Maretta; sister, Tricia Buriff; nephews, Connor Howell, JJ Buriff and Christian Buriff; nieces, Autumn Buriff and Addison Howell; aunts and uncles, Frank Arata Jr., Linda Arata, Barbara and Paul Gordon, James and Beverly Devine, and Brad and Carolyn Buriff; cousins, Ashlee and Frank Arata III, Nick, Danielle and Joseph Devine and Dylan Gordon; paternal grandparents, George and Ruth Buriff; and maternal grandmother, Dolores Arata. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Frank Arata Sr., and his aunt, Tena Arata.

A funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Grace Family Church, 5105 Van Dyke Road, Lutz, Fla., with a visitation from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at 3:00 p.m. Friday at Trinity Memorial Gardens. Flowers are welcomed, or donations can be made to Northside Little League in Shane' s memory, 2650 N. Lakeview Drive, Tampa, FL 33618."

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