OBITUARY

Charles D. Burkett

June 7, 1938April 2, 2019

Charles D. Burkett, 80, passed away April 2, 2019 after a courageous battle against cancer along with heart issues. Born June 7, 1938 in Syracuse, New York, Chuck was an only child. After joining the Marine Corp in 1955 at seventeen years old, Chuck saw the world, ended up marrying his childhood sweetheart Roberta (Bobbie) Russell, his wife of 62 years. After moving to Florida in 1958, Chuck graduated from The University of Tampa, worked at Honeywell, then in the 1970’s he embarked on his greatest business venture starting Monogram Products, which he built into a thriving company, traveling overseas to build and sell his brand. He thrived and found his true calling through all the years he spent building and watching his company grow and succeed. It was truly the greatest source of pride and accomplishment outside of his beautiful and loving family. He eventually sold his company in the mid 1990’s.

For anyone who knew Chuck, they knew he was the ultimate people person, gregarious and sincere, made everyone he knew feel more special for having known him. He genuinely loved life, exuded positivity like no other, took a glass mostly empty and convinced you it was full, he had that talent. He had GREAT friends, many from childhood, always nurturing those relationships that were so important to him throughout his lifetime. A simple expression might say he was a great man, his teaching was simply to live the good life, never ever give up the fight, this was his legacy to those who knew and loved Chuck, he lived and emulated this kind of life.

He served on the board of the Pinellas Education Foundation, was extremely active and a great supporter of PARC, a local charity. He loved golf and supported the Tampa Bay Rays, you know he would be ecstatic with their run so far this season.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Roberta, son Stephen (Nancy), daughter Bonnie Beetar (Matthew), grandson Bradlee Beetar and granddaughters, Kalee, Ashlee, and Lillee Burkett.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to PARC. Parc-fl.org

  • FAMILY

  • Roberta Burkett, Wife
  • Stephen (Nancy) Burkett, Son
  • Bonnie (Matthew) Beetar, Daughter
  • Bradlee Beetar, Grandson
  • Kalee Burkett, Granddaughter
  • Ashlee Burkett, Granddaughter
  • Lillee Burkett, Granddaughter

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 23, 2019
REMEMBERING

Charles D. Burkett

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Dave Curry

April 22, 2019

I went to high school with Mr. Burkett’s son, Steve. After graduating in 1981, I may have only seen Mr. Burkett a few times until 1997 when I let Steve know I would be in Hong Kong for the celebratory “hand over” of the country to China. Despite not having spent much time with Mr. Burkett for over 15 years, he insisted in including me in numerous official social activities including dinners and an official black-tie Hong Kong Ball. He would not allow me to pay for anything and he regularly checked on me during the week; he treated me like I was a family member the entire time I was in Hong Kong. He was a unique gentleman indeed.

On behalf of my parents Bob and Judie Curry and my brothers Carl, Tim, and Paul - all of whom spent time with the Burkett's while growing up, may you rest in peace Mr. Burkett.

Dana Conover

April 22, 2019

To Chuck's family - hopefully these words will help you find comfort ~ "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!" Dr. Seuss

I had the pleasure of knowing Chuck only for a few years but quickly realized that he was a gentleman with a huge heart and a love of living! He knew how to work hard and equally important how to have fun with his wide circle of friends.

Thanks for being my friend Chuck Burkett.

Tom Yoham

April 18, 2019

So very saddened to hear the news about Chuck's passing. My deepest condolences to Bobbie, Steve, Bonnie, Nancy, Matt and all the family. Chuck was truly a one of a kind character. Full of life and loved by so many.
I was fortunate enough to have known and worked for him at Monogram in Clearwater as well as in Hong Kong at PointEast and have incredibly fond memories of my time spent in both places. It truly was an educating and exciting experience. Chuck was certainly a mentor to me and I will forever be grateful for all the opportunities and lessons he gave me. I have known the Burkett family for many years and love and respect them all. My heart goes out to all of you as you go through this painful time. Hoping and praying for peace. God bless Chuck and all of you. Soar as high in the heavens and you did on earth Chuck. Rest in peace.....

Brigette Easterly's Step Daughter

April 17, 2019

To Bobbie and her entire family,
You are so Loved! Sending you all Light!
You and Chuck are some of my absolute favorite friends of my parents ;)
Chuck and my step-father were close, life-long friends.
He is truly missed.
I know losing your husband is just heartbreaking. Please remember to let light in through that crack and always stay uplifted.
You are truly the sweetest person I have ever met in my entire life.
You and Chuck shine equally bright!
Although you're life is entirely changed without your other half may you always shine your beautiful light on the world and stay as sweet and beautiful ~

Much Love and Light ~
- Brigette
The Easterly's Daughter

Betsy Bozich

April 17, 2019

Dear Bobbie and Family,

We didn’t know Chuck well, and having read through these memories, we are sorry that never happened during his time here living at The Arbors. A fine man indeed; you all must be so proud to call him your own.

Someone once said, “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
 may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.“

Hold these words close in the coming days. May Chuck now rest in eternal peace.

Sincerely,
Betsy and Gary Bozich

Polo Martin

April 17, 2019

Dear Bobby, Stephen Nancy, Bonnie, Matthew, and the kids.

My sincere condolences. My heart goes to you.

I experienced, alongside Chuck, the most intense, challenging and rewarding moments of my work life.
Chuck would sometimes resume a difficult situation with a chuckle and say “It’s not easy being me.”
“Easy”certainly does not come to my mind riding alongside Chuck.
He was daring and responding head-on to any challenges.
“The thrill of the hunt.” He often said.
Life is not meant to be easy. Chuck lived his with generous audacity.
Rest In Peace dear Chuck

Gary Trumbo

April 16, 2019

In business, you have the opportunity to meet and deal with people in all walks of life. I can honestly say that in my nearly 50 years in the gift and toy industry, there is only one Chuck Burkett. From our first meeting, we became solid business associates and more importantly, I am proud to say we were also good friends. The way that Chuck cared about his staff, and his friends and his family became evident every time we met.

Chuck was respected by everyone he dealt with. It did not matter how long you knew Chuck or which side of the table you were on, he treated everybody the same...with respect, and honesty.

Chuck will be truly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of being with him in a business meeting, dinner, or playing golf. Unfortunately, I cannot be at the memorial service, but I will be there in mind and spirt. My very best wishes to Bobbie and the entire family.

RIP - Chuck

Kelli Caputo

April 16, 2019

My entire employment at PARC included Chuck - and I know how lucky I was for that. I smiled every time he walked in the room because he always had a kind word, a humble attitude, a huge amount of motivation and GREAT stories! I grieve with family and friends but will always smile from ear to ear knowing we got to share some special memories and stories too. To this day, a handful of pictures stay with me at my business and a cherished pictured with Chuck is among them.

Trish Schultz

April 16, 2019

I was given an opportunity of a lifetime to work for the incredible Chuck Burkett, managing his Licensed Disney Consumer Product Division and getting the chance to travel world-wide for his Largo, FL company,Monogram Products. He once humbly shared with me the story on how he obtained the Licenses to create Disney Items by just simply calling Disney and telling them about his lil business... I think he won them over with his passion, heart warming smile, & larger than life charisma. At Monogram we were a close knit “Work Family”, Chuck was a like loving & nurturing “Father Figure” to us all. He always looked out for me, like when I was in Los Angeles during the riots & called me to get home ASAP or when I was in NY during the 1st World Trade Center Bombing & couldn’t get a flight to Tampa, he told me to fly anywhere I could in the state of FL. I ended up in Ft Lauderdale, no cars available to rent, & Chuck told me to take a taxi home! The Monogram employees strived to make Chuck proud & to put His dream, Monogram-Products, on the map as a top manufacturer of licensed goods in all the trade markets. CB as we all affectionally called him, had such a great sense of humor, was a big kid @ heart, he loved to search for the latest & greatest trinkets & treasures, he was so proud to attend national trade shows to feature all of his creations, he earned immeasurable respect from other manufacturers in the market, but most of all, Chuck Burkett was generous and loved sharing his successes with all who worked for, or with him. Dear CB, you will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your beloved company, Monogram Products. Extending my deepest sympathy, love, & prayers to Chuck’s beautiful family, to his wonderful life long friends, to his Monogram family, & to all who knew him. There will never be another soul quite like Chuck Burkett, Rest Peacefully CB.

Luke Johnson

April 16, 2019

Uncle Chuck was always so kind and good to me growing up. I have nothing but wonderful memories of him and I am so sad to know that he is gone. He was a great man and I will always remember the kindness he showed.

FROM THE FAMILY