Nova Scotia

Funeral Thursday for Myles Burke

A funeral service will be held Thursday for Myles Burke, chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police department.

A funeral service will be held Thursday for Myles Burke, chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police department.

Burke died Saturday in Halifax of natural causes. He was 49.

He is being remembered as an articulate, thorough investigator.

"As an investigator he left no stone unturned," said Edgar MacLeod, Burke's former boss.

"He was a great communicator. As chief of police, of course it was very frequently I would get such wonderful compliments about his work."

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality cancelled budget talks this week to give people time to mourn. 

"The tragedy in the community certainly is warranting postponement of that," said Bernie White, the municipal clerk.

Burke had been in policing for about 30 years. He worked for the Calgary and New Glasgow police services before joining the Cape Breton police department.

In Cape Breton, Burke started out as an undercover drug enforcement officer and rose through the ranks, taking over as chief from MacLeod in 2009. He restructured the police service by shifting to a more centralized command system.

Burke was in Halifax for meetings with other police services when he died. Two of his own officers found him in his car in the parking lot of a hotel.

Burke was married and had two daughters. His family is asking for donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Visitation will be held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Wednesday. A funeral mass will follow Thursday morning at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Sydney River.

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