Kenneth Wayne Burke, age 63, passed peacefully from this world to the next on the 29th of August 2022 in Florida. Kenny was born in Ohio, November 5th,1958.
Kenny was many things to many people, almost everyone who met him ending up calling him a friend. One thing everyone agreed on was seeing Kenny's great smile and positive attitude. Over his lifetime he made and retained friends from all walks of his life. From school buddies, work colleagues, live music fans/artists, to people he just met out and about: he had a smile and warm greeting to all he knew..
Kenny was a 1976 graduate of Reynoldsburg High School in Ohio and attended the University of Las Vegas in the 1980's when he was living and working there.
He worked throughout his life in many fields - one of the positions he was most proud of was working on a research ship for the University of Miami, which allowed him to travel all over the world. Kenny over the years, also worked for Fedex, Capsa, MedCart Works and most recently TechServ. His job required him going in ahead of the electric companies during natural disasters such as hurricanes and ice storms. He enjoyed working with this company, made good friends with his coworkers and boss.
Kenny had many interests, the first being his dogs. The ones that had passed before him and his current three: Maggie, Toby and Tia. He rooted for the Ohio State Buckeyes and often reflected back on his youth baseball teams. He enjoyed golfing and going out to listen to live music. He loved living in Florida and being near the water. Many watched for his daily morning positive quotes on his social media page.
In 2013, Kenny and his then fiance Lisa, formed What's Going On - Live Music Promotion. He promoted live music, musicians and the venues that had live music. He scheduled entertainers for venues on a monthly schedule and promoted the dates they were playing. This started in Ohio and continued after the move to Florida. The concept grew and currently, there are What's Going On - Live Music connections for every state.
For 5 years, Kenny coordinated and co-hosted Pit Stop One in Port Richey, Florida at Gill Dawg. This was the first stop on the way to The Florida Keys for Trop Rock Musicians heading south for Meeting of the Minds in Key West Florida. The past two years PitStop One was cancelled in 2020 due to covid and then in 2021 due to Kenny's Heart Surgery after he had some heart issues.
Kenny had been a proud member of both the Tampa Bay ParrotHead Club and the Nature Coast
ParrotHead Club. There he met and made many friends who became part of his life and were special to him.
He was extremely community oriented and got involved in all aspects of the city in which he lived. He was a member of the Comprehensive Land Use Committee for the City of Port Richey and attended all city functions as he was able to unless there were work or health issues. He insisted that if services were needed for anything, at or in his home, he used a Port Richey business first unless there were no in-city options.
He married his wife Lisa, on August 28, 2014 in Ohio. Kenny and Lisa were rarely seen apart as they lived, worked and spent their spare time together. They moved from Ohio to Florida in 2014. Kenny had no children of his own but after marriage to Lisa he gained a stepson, James and a stepdaughter, Danielle and step-granddaughter, Olivia.
Kenny is survived by his wife Lisa, step children, step granddaughter, his brother Douglas, sisters SueAnn and Deborah, brothers and sisters -n-law; Mike & Kris Hawley, Phillip and LeAnne Mock, many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous special friends.
He was preceded in death by both his parents Ronald and Nancy Burke and all of his grandparents.
Thanks to all who have reached out during this time of loss for all the messages, calls and cards. The compassion, pictures and memories of Kenny Burke are very much appreciated. His wife and family are grateful for the condolences and love shown for Kenny.
A Celebration of Kenny's Life will be held at Gill Dawg in Port Richey, Florida on September 26. Further details will be released this week.