NorthBay Mourns Loss of Creative Genius

NorthBay Healthcare leaders, board members, employees and volunteers said goodbye to Foundation Board Member Adam Burke during a celebration of life event Oct. 20 in Vacaville.

Adam, a non-smoker, lost his battle with lung cancer on Oct. 8. He was diagnosed in January. He is survived by his wife, Kim, and their two sons, Aidan and Zachary. Zachary works in NorthBay Medical Center's Environmental Services Department.

Adam became a board member in 2015 because he wanted to help his community, said Brett Johnson, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation president.Adam Burke smiles during his holiday party with wife Kim and Brett “Santa” Johnson.

An extremely talented artist-animator and creative genius for Pixar, Adam contributed to the success of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee and other philanthropic endeavors. His artwork was featured for Open That Bottle Night and for the 2017 Jubilee.

"He elevated the reputation of many of our public fundraising events, donating his own imaginative artwork and hosting fabulous, one-of-a-kind tours of Pixar Studios in Emeryville for lucky families of the highest bidders," said Brett. "He gave his time at NorthBay management and employee meetings, showing how Pixar did its magical work."

Adam's wife, Kim, has also been generous with NorthBay, serving as a Guild volunteer. Adam and his family were deeply moved when the Foundation organized "The Burke's Christmas in September," inviting a few hundred people to stop by the family's Fairfield home and share their love with Adam. Although it was 90-plus degrees that day, many guests wore Christmas sweaters and Santa hats, sharing cheer through the tears.