Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Hubert “Donovan” Burey, 42, and Jamie Lynn French, 38, loved life and lived it to the fullest.
The pair often took motorcycle trips together until– on an impromptu journey to Florida’s west coast investigators said a vehicle pulling a trailer turned in front of them, clipping the front of the bike, killing them both. Both were wearing helmets.
“I know he was a careful and a very good, upstanding guy,” said Jamie French’s older brother.
The 47-year old elder brother of Jamie and his wife arrived at Jamie French and Burey’s Boynton Beach house just hours after learning the horrible news.
Jamie French’s chihuahua Paco doesn’t know yet they’re not coming home.
“And we’re going to miss them,” said the 47-year old man.
He said his sister and Burey loved the ocean and went boating, fishing and diving regularly.
Burey was assigned to the motor unit at PBSO, where he had worked since 2004. He took part in the presidential motorcade when President Donald Trump was in town.
“It’s very difficult to get into that line of work; it was stressful getting through the testing but he did a great job and he was so proud of it,” said the 47-year old man.
Jamie French was a business development executive at Hotwire Communications, where she was a “much valued member of our family” according to a spokeswoman, who said everyone at the office was in shock.
“It’s unfortunate that he would have to die on a motorcycle, so you really have to be careful even when you think things are normal,” Jamie’s brother said.
“You can’t take life for granted, and they’re still with us in our hearts,” he said.
Burey is survived by two sons, ages 5 and 15, as well as his parents and a brother.
The families have not yet made funeral arrangements.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “This is a tragic accident that resulted in two lives being lost. Our deepest sympathies bot out to both the French and Burey families during this awful time.”
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