Chef Jim Burke, who owned the James Restaurant in Bella Vista from 2007 to 2011, died last week at the age of 49 after a two-year battle with a rare lung cancer.
Burke leaves behind his wife Kristina and their two children Daniel, 13, and Sadie, 9. Burke also taught culinary classes at Drexel University and later helped repair another restaurant’s troubled work culture. And during his illness, Jim and his family helped fundraise for the LUNGevity Foundation.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by friends of the family to help the Burke family during this difficult time. So far, the local community has rallied to raise more than $140,000 to help cover medical expenses and the cost of Jim’s care. To view the GoFundMe, visit: https://gf.me/v/c/b6z9/TeamBurke.