Richard Bryan Burk

March 26, 1932November 24, 2019

Richard Bryan Burk was born March 26, 1932, Tampa Florida, growing up in Coral Gables, Florida. He passed November 24, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Carol Thomson; son, Richard Bryan Burk, Jr.; daughters, Cathleen Burk Hedrick (Dale) and Heidi Burk Montanari (Neil); and 5 grandchildren, Burk (Lindsay), Parker, and Cheney Hedrick; Hayley and Patrick Montanari. Richard (Dick) was an avid Florida Gator where he was secretary of Blue Key, director of Gator Growl, head of the military ball, President of Phi Gam fraternity and inducted to The University of Florida - Hall of Fame. He graduated from UF with a Political Science degree in 1954 and married his college sweetheart of 2 years Carol Thomson where they met in Industrial Management. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1956 and went to UF Law School until 1959, furthering his Gator experience and passion. He moved his growing family to the small town of West Palm Beach where he practiced law until January 1982; then appointed Circuit Court Judge for the 15th Judicial Circuit until he retired January 1998. While in West Palm Beach, Dick was President of Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach; President of UF Alumni; Charter Member and President of The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches; Director of Jaycees; Director of United Way; and other Legal Associations and Civic activities where he was a humble recipient of many awards and recognitions. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00am, December 7th, Saturday at Family Church Downton, 1101 S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, FL. There will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the Service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The West Palm Beach Kiwanis Foundation - Scholarship Fund.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, December 7, 2019


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Catherine Mingledorff

December 10, 2019

First, let me offer my condolences to the family who I had the pleasure of knowing. I was Judge Burk's clerk while he was on the Circuit Criminal bench. I was always amazed at how well informed he was on the cases on his docket. If he needed to know something in particular, while he was on the bench, he would pick up the phone, dial the number of someone he thought could help and say "Dick Burk here" and proceed with the conversation. He was a very humble man who never used his position to get what he needed. He had a great respect for any one who worked in his courtroom, whether an attorney, bailiff, court reporter or clerk. He was a truly great man and I am a better person for having known and worked with him. Prayers for the family that you will find peace and comfort in knowing how special he was to so many people.

Judith Migdal-Mack

December 1, 2019

I had the honor of practicing law in front of Judge Burk in juvenile court. One of my fondest memories is that every time a baby came into the courtroom, Judge Burk would get off the bench and come hold the infant. We all stopped and watch this formidable man comfort the babies. It was a joy to know this man.