VAN VALKENBURG, Richard Burke of Cobourg, Ontario

Richard Burke Van Valkenburg (Burke Sr.) passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on January 3rd in Cobourg, Ontario. He was 85. He is survived by his son Burke Jr. (Stefanie), daughter Tanya (Penny), grandchildren Taylor, Emily, Owen and Luca, great grandchild Anastasia and sister Greta.

Burke Sr. was born in Toronto in 1933 and was a broadcasting pioneer who started several successful communications enterprises.

Burke was warm, extremely generous and charismatic. He was well known for his letters to the editor, as well as for his lightning-fast quips and puns. His many civic activities included serving as a Warden at St. John’s Anglican Church in Harwood, providing support for the annual Bethlehem Walk, and installing sound systems at local community halls.

The family would like to acknowledge the care he received from the staff at Palisade Gardens and Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg.

The family will hold a celebration of life in March 2019, date and location to be confirmed. Donations to Alzheimer Society Canada would be appreciated. Condolences can be sent to

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