Raynova Bernabe Burck, 80, who had been ill for some time, passed away at St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital.
“He was great to work with,” said Riverside Town Clerk Rhonda Burns. “I worked with him during his eight years of service on the Riverside Council.”
Burns said Burck served as councilman for District 4 from 1996-2004.
“He and his wife, Judith, were the town of Riverside’s appointment to the MRDD (Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities) Board,” she said.
Burns said Burck, who was a retired Air Force officer, loved to travel.
“He and Judith really enjoyed traveling and seeing new places,” she said.
Burns said while serving on the council, Burck did a lot of work and research on how to improve the town employees’ salaries to be more in line with other towns of similar size.
“He was a very conscientious council member, who took his responsibilities very seriously,” she said.
She said Burck worked well with the town leadership.
“He was a great humanitarian, always available and giving of his time and service,” she said. “He will be greatly missed.”
Former Riverside Mayor and Councilman Tony Brannon said he served with Burck on the council for four years.
“He was a quiet man, a man of few words,” Brannon said. “But the words he did speak were very important.”
Brannon said Burck did a lot of listening during council meetings.
“When he put his words together, it was usually on target,” he said. “He thought things out real well.”
Brannon said Burck will be missed by everyone who knew him.
“In my opinion, he served his community well,” Brannon said.
Jo Tudisco, who also served on the council with Burck, said Burck was concerned about the community.
“He took his position on the council seriously,” she said. “He was the kind of person that if you needed help, he would do what he could to help you.”
Tudisco said Burck was involved with the Riverside Toys for Kids Program, assisting with fundraising roadblocks and helping shop for toys for needy children at Christmas.
“I never saw him in a bad mood,” she said. “He always had a smile on his face. He was a good person, a real good person. He will definitely be missed.”