Richard Philipe Burk
The British expat community in Pattaya mourns the loss of Richard Burk , a well-known British long-time resident who died late Sunday evening of a heart attack.
The information about his death was first published in a thread on the Gaybutton Thai online forum. According to the thread poster, who is also one of the forum administrators, the British Embassy has confirmed Mr Burk’s death. The former British consul in Pattaya, Barry Kenyon, told forum user Undaunted that the victim, aged 70, died in his condominium.
Mr Burk, who held dual citizenship in the UK and Canada, became a well-known personality in Pattaya after he opened the restaurant called Amor in 1994. The restaurant was located in Boyztown, a gay red-light district in Soi Pattaya 13/4. When Amor was closed in 2007 due to bankruptcy, Mr Burk used the same location to start a new venue called Street Life. However, his new restaurant did not last as long as Amor. Street Life was shut down in 2012.
In the years following bankruptcy, Mr Burk found a position as an English and science teacher at Mueang Pattaya 8 School near Wat Chai Monkrong temple. In teaching, Mr Burk “found work that he truly enjoyed, paid him a decent living wage, and he was able to live a normal life again,” wrote another forum administrator, Gaybutton.
Barry Kenyon, the former British consul in Pattaya, told Undaunted that Mr Burk’s body had been sent to Bangkok for an autopsy and until now, no-one has come forward to claim the body.
Officers at Pattaya City Police Station have been assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Burk’s death.
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