Robert Joseph Burke Sr.
MARCH 16, 1922 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018
“Life Is But A Wink In The Eye Of Time”
Robert Joseph Burke, Sr., age 95, of McLean, VA and Northport, NY, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in the loving arms of his daughters at home in New York. Born March 16, 1922 in Hells Kitchen, NY, he was the only child of Nelle Burke. Robert graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine in1940 and attended Manhattan College for 2 years. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted with the US Navy in 1942, serving aboard the TBF Avenger aircraft in the South Pacific. Robert was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Purple Heart. In 1947, Robert married his devoted wife of 45 years, Cecelia O’Rourke Burke, and together they raised 5 children. He enjoyed a very successful business career, including the role as Executive Vice President for Giant Food, Inc.
Robert was the loving father of 5 children; Kathy Burke Rhodes (John), Patricia Ann, Therese Lee, Robert Joseph, Jr. (Terry) and Michael Anthony, Sr. (Rosemary) and cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5 – 8 PM at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA. A funeral Mass will follow on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1 PM at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN. Online condolences may be made at http://www.murphyfuneralhomes.com
Burke, Robert Joseph Sr. [MCattendee RIP]
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[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory “if it’s important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers”. Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many went to never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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