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Footprints: Everton Burke - A sweet father, but no joker

Published:Monday | November 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

A doting father. A caring friend. A compassionate partner.

These are a few of the characteristics of Everton Burke.

Burke was affectionately called 'Orrett' or 'Yogie' and is remembered by family and friends as a jovial person.

On February 20 in 1973, Lucille Rainford and Easton Burke welcomed their son Everton and they nurtured and cared for him ever since.

Growing up in Allman Hill, Burke was a disciplined but fun person and he managed to keep these attributes as he became a man.

He had five sisters - Sandra, Michelle, Andrea, Esrine and Ann-Marie - and his brothers were Leroy, Clifton and Patrick. His siblings adored him and he offered them the same affection.

Burke had six children whom he adored. Sadie-Ann, Stephan, Kyto, Sherise, Ajhari and Jayvaughn remembered their father as an amazing dad.

"He was a sweet father but when it came to discipline he was no joke."

Burke worked at the Jamaica Coffee Industry Board for 13 years and he was a man who enjoyed riding his bike.

Burke and his significant other, Renay Ricketts, loved each other endlessly for 10 years and she is now saddened by his death.

"It's like I can't believe this. He was always happy and encouraging," Renay reflected.

From their union she remembered the countless moments he made her happy and one that resonates with her is their visits to St Elizabeth every holiday.

Renay recalled that on their road trip they would buy fruits and enjoy them with a little laughter as Orrett was famous for telling jokes.

"He enjoyed when people smile," she said.

Renay was also exposed to the spontaneous side of Orrett as she reminisced on the numerous random things they did.

She remembered one night they decided to sleep in his van.

Burke encouraged everyone he met and he was always caring. Because of his compassionate nature and selflessness his family and friends are bewildered at his death.

He left his family, relatives and friends to mourn on October 19, 2015 but on November 7, 2015 they will gather one last time to celebrate his life and bid him a final goodbye.

Everton Burke - Orrett or Yogie you're gone but you will never be forgotten.