William F. Burke

April 8, 2007

William F. Burke
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

WILLIAM F. BURKE in Woburn, Sunday, April 8th, beloved husband of Elizabeth G. (Gatchell) Burke. Devoted father of William F. Jr. and his wife Neta, Robert E. and his wife Deborah, James M. and his wife Carol, all of NH and Carolyn Kornitzer and her husband Michael of Medway. Loving grandfather of fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, April 12th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

William F. Burke, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Sunday, April 8th, at the Life Care Center of Acton. The beloved husband of Elizabeth G. (Gatchell) Burke, he was eighty-five years of age. Born in Woburn, Mr. Burke was one of six children born to the late Thomas H. and C. Agnes Burke. Raised in the South End, Mr. Burke attended the Woburn Public Schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of ’42. An accomplished athlete, he was a member of the Woburn High School Baseball, Hockey and Football teams. He was co-captain of the football team along with his lifelong friend, Bobby Roche. In the fall of 1942, Mr. Burke enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a radio operator during WWII. He saw action in Northern France, the Battle of the Bulge, the D-day invasion at Normandy, was present in Paris during the liberation and was in Czechslovakia at the end of the war.

Following the WWII, Mr. Burke was employed as a maintenance supervisor at the Registry of Motor Vehicles for nine years before transferring to the Metropolitan District Commission where he worked until 1968. From 1968 until his retirement in 1984, Mr. Burke was a member of the custodial staff for the Woburn Public Schools.

.Best described as a calm, mild mannered and thoughtful gentleman, Mr. Burke was a devoted husband and father. He was married to his beloved wife, Elizabeth, for fifty-eight years and was an important part of his children’s lives throughout their youth. He followed closely their school and sporting activities, including his daughters skating events As a family, they vacationed every summer at Lake Winnipesaukee in NH. Mr. Burke also played softball during the summer months for the Moose and was a member of the American Legion.

In 2002, he and his wife relocated to Medway where they lived for a brief time before finally moving to Ayer.

Mr. Burke was predeceased by his siblings, Thomas, Walter, Francis, Margaret and Eileen.

In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, he is survived by his children, William F. Jr. and his wife Neta , Robert E. and his wife Deborah, James M. and his wife Carol, all of NH and Carolyn Kornitzer and her husband Michael of Medway. Loving grandfather of fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, April 12th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Burke’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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  1. Jim, Very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Thomas Roy and Family

  2. To Jim Burke and Family:

    We are very sad to hear about your loss. May god bless your father and give strength to your family during these difficult times.

    If there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Best regards,
    Moosa and family

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