Jackson, MS — MHEDA extends its condolences to the family and friends of Robert Burke Sr., who passed away on October 25, 2011, at the age of 82. Mr. Burke started working in the material handling industry in 1949 as a salesperson for Fred J. Vandemark Company. In 1966, he opened Mississippi Clarklift in Jackson, MS. His son, Robert Burke Jr., president of Burke Handling Systems, began working at the company in 1979. The two renamed the business to Burke Handling Systems in the 1980s to reflect their growing line of suppliers. Mr. Burke retired from Burke Handling Systems in 1990. “My father grew with the industry from its birth,” says Robert Burke Jr. “He was a true pioneer.” Mr. Burke is survived by his wife, Deborah, 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.