Russell Bjorkman, 58, of Vero Beach, died unexpectedly on June 21, 2009. He was born in Miami, and moved to Vero Beach in 1989.
He was retired from 25 years with the City of Miami Fire Department. He served as chairman and trustee of the Miami Fire Fighter’s Relief and Pension Fund from 1984-1990; as chairman and director of the Miami Fire Fighter’s Federal Credit Union from 1983-2003; as chairman and trustee of the City of Miami Fire Fighters and Police Officers Retirement Trust from 1990-2001; an appointee to Governor Jeb Bush from 1999-2002 on the Investment Advisory Council; as trustee of the City of Vero Beach Fire Fighter’s Pension Fund since 2001; and was Vice President of the Portfolio Management Group at Janus INTECH since 2003. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Vero Beach.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Pamela; children, Russell Bjorkman II and Diana (Jason) Bjorkman Wade; sisters, Andrea Rudloff Gottschalk and Sylvia Chance; three nieces and three nephews.
Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 26 at Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Avenue, Vero Beach.