John R. Burke Jr.

July 22, 1961April 5, 2021

John R. Burke, Jr., 59, of Charlottesville, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

John was born on July 22, 1961, in Charlottesville, VA, to John and Lila Mae Burke. John graduated from Charlottesville High School and attended PVCC. He worked alongside his father until his death in the family business, Burke’s Exterminating. He continued running the business until 1996 when he began working for the Albemarle County Schools in instructional technology support. He retired from the county after 25 years of service in January of this year. His technology skills were all self-taught and he was known for his kind, funny and warm personality. He loved the kids at his elementary schools and often told stories about them to his family and friends. He was always the fun uncle in the family, known for his jokes and the height at which he could throw a child in the air and still catch them. He always put himself second behind his family and was always there for them.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Lila Mae and John R, Burke, Sr., his brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Bonnie Burke, and his sister, Sheila Burke Cole.

John is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lois Burke of Charlottesville, and their daughter, Kayti Burke. In addition, he is survived by two sisters, Sharron Tabelle (George) and Joy Shifflette (George), his in-laws, Harvey and Mabel Brown, 10 nieces and nephews and many beloved great-nieces, nephews and friends. He is also greatly loved and missed by his “fur” babies - Rosy and Sophie.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff of the Emily Couric Cancer Center Neuro-oncology department and Infusion Center for all their wonderful and loving care. Dr. Camilo Fadul, James Kearns and Amanda Lane - you are our angels and we will forever consider you part of our family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to “Dr. Fadul Research Fund – 22178” at UVA Health. For more information regarding memorial contributions, please contact the family or go to


  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


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Patsy NeSmith

April 14, 2021

John, a loving father and husband to Kayti and Lois, deserves all the blessings he is enjoying in Heaven. As my nephew, I remember well Lois' adoration of him, their sweet wedding, and the delight in Kayti's birth. John had a winsome way about him and made technology easier to bear by non-tech persons in the school system. I always enjoyed his tales about interactions with the school staffs, waiting for the wide smile and sparkling blue eyes to show how much fun he was having. He was a strong, gentle giant well liked wherever he went.
God rest his soul,
Aunt Patsy, Snellville, GA

Clayton Savage

April 11, 2021

Lois,it makes me old to remember you and John as students from high school days.
Feels like I watched as both of you grew up and accomplished some much with your life together.
Time moves too quickly. Now there is an irreplaceable loss.
A void filled only with grief.
Lois, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your daughter and to your wonderful parents. I'm so sorry.

Rachel Mclaughlin

April 7, 2021

Some of my favorite memories are from my time at Parkside Post High working with Kayti and our incredible students. Papa Burke (and Mama Burke!) always joined us when they could for special lunches out - who remembers Kayti's birthday party at Red Robin?! So much laughter and so much joy. It was obvious how much Papa Burke cared about all of us, the students and especially Lois and Kayti. Papa Burke was such a kind, generous and loving man and he will be deeply missed.

Sydney Reid

April 7, 2021

Sadly I never got to know Papa Burke as well as I would have liked. Kayti Burke is a friend and coworker who has included Papa Burke in our zoom classroom for love and laughs with our students. My favorite memories are all the times Papa Burke gave silly advice or cracked little jokes on zoom. He will be missed.