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David BURKE


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David BURKE Obituary
BURKE, David David Alan Burke affectionately known as "Burkie" 61, passed away unexpectedly on August 29. The son of the late George Sr. and Connie of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife Amy (Robinson) Burke of 32 years and by his two sons Ryan and Matthew of West Palm Beach, FL; his brother George and his wife Debbie of Jupiter, FL; his brother Scott and his wife Ellen of Colorado and Florida; Amy's sisters and brothers and his many nieces and nephews. Dave dedicated his professional life to hospitality and built a legacy over the course of his 40+ year career. He joined The Breakers Palm Beach in 1991 where he found his home and built countless relationships. Over the course of his 27 years at the resort, Dave's reputation proceeded him and as The Breakers' Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer he was instrumental in the company's growth and success. He developed and inspired countless individuals and he truly loved what he did, who he did it with and who he did it for. All who met him appreciated his sharp wit, sense of humor and viewed him to have the most solid and respected handshake in the business. Dave had the unique ability to spread joy and make you laugh no matter the situation. Contacts and colleagues became lifelong friends and he was beloved by all he met. A devoted sports fan and golfer Dave could often be found on the course with his family and friends. Beyond a fan he dedicated his time serving as Honda Classic Ambassador, Inaugural member of Boca Bowl Committee and First Tee of the Palm Beaches. When not golfing he was traveling, volunteering within the local community and an active member of Christ Fellowship and Place of Hope. In addition to his personal pursuits, he was a great mentor, trusted advisor and passionate about supporting the hospitality industry. Dave was a long standing economic and social advocate for the South Florida region and was the current president of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and served as the former vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and chairman of the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Husband, Father, Brother, Brother-in-Law, Uncle, Colleague, Friend we will love you always and miss you forever. For information on the Celebration of Life Memorial Service please visit thebreakers.com/davidburke. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Dave's name can be made to the Florida International University David A. Burke Scholarship at FIUDavidBurke.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2018
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