Police & Fire

Former Califon Chief of Police Kenneth R. Burd Passes

Chief Ken Burd Credits: Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Kenneth R. Burd, the former chief of police in Califon, died at the age of 83 last Saturday.

In a joint statement, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and the Hunterdon County Police Chiefs Association President Chief Allan Kurylka stated, “On behalf of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hunterdon County Chiefs of Police Association, and the citizens of Hunterdon County, we offer our deepest condolences to Chief Burd’s family and friends. We will be forever grateful for Chief Burd’s service and dedication to the citizens of Califon, High Bridge and Hunterdon County.”

Burd passed away peacefully on Aug. 26 at home in Brooksville, Fla. surrounded by his beloved children and grandchildren. He was born in Long Valley, was raised in Califon and lived in High Bridge before moving to Brooksville in 2013.

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Burd was a combat veteran; he served as an Air Force airman 2nd class during the Korean War and received a New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal for his service; following his honorable discharge from the military, he became a Sergeant with the High Bridge police department and eventually retired as Chief of Police in Califon. Ken was also a Nashville recording artist with his band, Kenny Burd and the Lawmen during the 1960s through the 1980s.

He enjoyed playing his guitar, spending time with his wife, and the time he spent with his family, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his great-great granddaughter.

He is survived by his brother Floyd (Snuffy) Frank of Brooksville, Flaa; sister Grace Bryant of Daytona Beach, Fla.; daughter Deborah and husband Ronald Williams, of Brooksville, Fla.; daughter Roseann and husband Tim Pormann of Easton, Pa.; son Kenneth Jr. and wife Michele Burd of Belvidere; daughter Theresa and husband Guy Fowler of Willow Spring, NC.,; his beloved grandchildren Gregory Brennan, Michelle Keating, Amy Hilton, Stephanie Bendel, Jamie Sloboda, Anthony Burd, Justin Fowler, Devin Fowler, Ryan Fowler, 10 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Arrangements and care are entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, 14360 Springhill Drive, Springhill, Fla. 34609.

Ken’s family and friends will gather for visitation on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at Turner FH, from 5 to7 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Turner Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. Immediately following, the Committal Services will be held at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens in Spring Hill.

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