City of Opa-locka Commissioner Alvin Burke was buried in Lake Worth, Florida Friday. Burke Died Aug. 4, 2021 at age 67 after a long battle with cancer. A public viewing was held at the Sherbondy Village Community Center in Opa-locka last week, followed by funeral services at the Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Burke represented the City of Opa-locka for only two terms beginning in January 2018, after losing several previous elections. He was outspoken about the corruption that plagued the city for years and never missed a board meeting in 10 years. He was widely known in the community for regularly organizing food distributions.
“Commissioner Burke was a devoted public servant, passionate about the citizens of the City of Opa-locka. He worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of his constituents,” said City Manager John E. Pate. “He epitomized what being a true civil servant represents. His legacy will continue to live through us all. We express our sincere condolences to Commissioner Burke's wife, family, and all of those who support and love him.”
Prior to being elected commissioner, the Navy veteran worked with the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department, and served as an Opa-locka code enforcement officer and an aide to the city’s chief of police. In addition, Burke was an active member of the Opa-locka Optimist Club, Rotary Club, Booster Club for the local football and cheerleading teams, and the Fleet Reserve Association.
“Commissioner Burke had a true passion for serving the City of Opa-locka community," said Mayor Matthew Pigatt. "He put people first. We are a stronger, more inclusive community because of his dedicated public service. He is a trailblazer that led by his heart for this community and we will miss him dearly."
Burke leaves behind his wife, Romona, and children.