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Keith Edmond Burks

March 17, 1970 ~ June 28, 2022 (age 52)

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Keith Edmond Burks, 52, of Concord, Ca, passed away on June 28th, 2022, due to heart complications and with his entire family by his side.

 

He was born on March 17th, 1970, to Paulette and Freddie Burks in San Francisco, CA. He graduated high school from Archbishop Riordon in 1989 and went on to complete two years at UC Berkeley, earning his Associates degree in Political Science. After college, he working in was in managed various nightclubs around San Francisco.

 

A chance encounter in 1995 at a local Radioshack would soon lead to a lifetime of memories and a new family to unfold. He met his wife Cathy there while she was shopping batteries for her office. Smitten by her, he sent her flowers until she agreed to officially go on a date with him. After years of dating, they later married on June 20th 1998, having recently celebrated with 24th wedding anniversary. 

 

Keith went onto start his first company in 1998 known as B Media, which offered audio visual services and rentals. He went to create several companies in diverse sectors ranging from janitorial services and later settling into the restaurant and hospitality industry. These include BJK’s Rib Factory, Tug’s Rib Factory, Team Rib Factory, Julian’s BBQ/Beer and Wine, and Chalk It Up, etc. His latest passion projects are The Concord Tap House and Frickin’ Fried, showcasing his love for cooking and putting a smile on someone’s face with a plate of BBQ comfort. 

 

Apart from being a business entrepreneur, he was very involved with his community and church. Everyone who met him knows he was thoughtful, funny, full of life and an all around great guy. He was generous with his time to those he knew and those he wanted to help. He was a hard worker, a strong family man, a great friend, and truly lived his Christian values. His passion for food, people, and his community were the perfect storm for creating his success and legacy. 

 

Keith is survived by his wife Cathy, three sons Christopher, Julian, Myles, and his godson Napoleon. He was also a dedicated mentor to many throughout the years. 

 

He lived life to the fullest, taking every opportunity to connect with people and make joyous memories. He was a force larger than life and dedicated his time to the people he loved and cherished. We will miss him terribly. 


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