Riccardo Burnett, Jr., was born on May 1, 1981 at Bryn Mawr Hospital to his parents Carole Turner and the late Riccardo Burnett, Sr.
He was raised in a family that emphasized spirituality and education.
His paternal great grandparents were Bishop John Myers and Pastor Ruth Myers. His maternal great grandparents were Hampton Institute graduates Edward D. Turner and Maude Butler Turner.
During his early years, Cardi resided in West Philadelphia, PA and Wayne, PA before moving to Chester, PA in 1982. He attended the Twin Oaks Nursery School through Kindergarten whereupon he attended Holy Ghost School in Chester. He played sports and received awards in basketball. He completed his education through eighth at Blessed Katherine Drexel. He attended Roxboro High School until he opted to get his G.E.D.
Cardi started working at an early age because he was a very determined and independent thinker. He was a Boys Scout and took karate. He enjoyed getting away from the City by attending summer camp where he learned to be an excellent swimmer. He got his first job at the produce stand right behind his house. When he was 18 years old, he accepted a part-time job at U.P.S. where he received various awards for excellent workmanship. He was offered a full-time position at Firpos and Sons, a moving company. When they offered him a position in another state, Cardi turned the offer down to raise his daughter Briona. A few years later, he had two more daughters: Mariah and Ayanah. In the last few years, he worked at Rastelli Foods Group.
He was very personable with a unique personality and a big heart. He always had a beautiful smile on his face. His laughter was contagious. He uplifted people with his corny jokes and laughter. He loved his little sister Chena and was very protective of her and his mother. He used to call his sister: “My Big Little Sister”! He also looked up to his two older brothers; Guy and Elliott. He loved his entire family.
Cardi also attended church in his early years. He attended Spencer Memorial and St. Daniel’s Church. He loved to sing. One of his favorite songs was “This Little Light of Mine.”
He enjoyed watching sports on TV. Of course, he was and Eagle’s fan like his Pop Pop; Thomas S. Turner and he loved his Mimi’s; Angeline Turner’s sweet potato pies and macaroni and cheese. He had a diverse taste of music. He listened to various genres of Black music from Latin music to Sam Cooke to Tupac. When the music moved him, he would sing and dance!
Riccardo “Cardi” Burnett transitioned on September 20th, 2019. He was preceded by his father, Riccardo Burnett. He leaves to cherish his memory, his Mother, Carole, a Sister, Chena (Jamal), Two Brothers, Guy (Carmen) and Elliot Three children Briona, Mariah and Ahyana, Special Nephew; “G” along with two Nephews Elliott and Jovan. He leaves behind a host of uncles, aunt, cousins and friends.
Cardi will be deeply missed and will remain in our hearts forever. We will keep him alive through our cherished memories of him. In Cardi’s favorite expression, ”Exactly”!
Funeral services are scheduled for 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at the Power In The Cross, Grace Lutheran Church, 506 Haws Ave., Norristown, PA 19401. A viewing will be held from 3:00 PM until the start of the service.
Interment will be on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Rolling Green Memorial Park, 1008 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382.
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