John J. Burke

January 6, 1923January 29, 2013

John J. Burke, age 90, of Fall River, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Eunice (Simcock) Burke to whom he has been married for the past 58 years.

Born in Fall River, a son of the late Thomas and Nellie (Mara) Burke, he was a lifelong resident of the city.

A graduate of BMC Durfee High School class of 1940, he received his Massachusetts Electrical Journeyman license from the former SMTI now UMass Dartmouth. A decorated Veteran of the United States Air Force, he served as Corporal during World War II.

In addition to being a licensed journeyman electrician, he worked at the former F.R.E.L.C.O., the Fall River Electric Light Company now National Grid for 45 years before retiring in 1986.

He was a member of the Over the Hill Gang and the AM Vets. He was a Boy Scout leader, teaching the scouts about electricity and awarded the electrical merit badges. Hardworking and dedicated, John truly enjoyed being an electrician.

Surviving in addition to his wife he is survived by three sons; Thomas E. Burke of Fall River, Jack Burke and his wife Dawn of Swansea, and James P. Burke of Fall River and his girlfriend Leanne Noonan, two grandchildren; Matthew and Holly Burke of Swansea, and many nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Mary Burke and Helen Piper.

His Funeral will be held Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:00AM in Sacred Heart Church, Linden St., Fall River. Visiting hours Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at CHERRY PLACE, 178 Winter St., Fall River. Burial private.



  • Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 1, 2013


  • Burial

John J. Burke

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Kent Luther

February 8, 2013

Eunice and family, I am sorry to read of Johns passing, I did not know him, but he must have been a good man.

Kent Luther

Antonio & Stephanie Sousa

February 6, 2013

Jack, Dawn & Holly, we want to express our sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

The Lakes

February 4, 2013

Our sincere condolences to the entire Burke Family. John was a very good friend to us. After my Dad's stroke, John and Eunice would visit to help lift his spirits and remember the good old days in scouting, their vacations, just sitting around a campfire and the pranks they used to play on each other. With God's grace, we'll join John again sitting around heavens campfire.....

Steve & Brenda Lopes

February 1, 2013

To Eunice & sons our deepest sympathy at the loss of John.A perfect gentleman who always had a smile when greeting Brenda & me.He will be missed .All our love to you & yours.

Doris Phillips

January 31, 2013

So Sorry to hear of John's passing. He had a great smile. I always enjoyed being in his company. All the little things and great memories will help you through each day. Sincerest sympathies.

Peter Oldrid

January 31, 2013

Deepest sympathies to the entire Burke family. If there is any way I could assist please don't hesitate.

Christine Halliwell

January 31, 2013

My deepest sympathies go out to Mrs. Burke and her family. He was such a kind and wonderful man. One of my favorite things that he said to me was when he celebrated his anniversary this past year...He hoped God would give him another 50 years with his wonderful wife...I just thought that was the sweetest thing and he sincerely meant it. He really thought the world of her and said he was blessed to be married to such a special person. I will miss you Mr. always put a ray of sunshine in my day. Thank you :) Christine (Dr. LeComte's Office)

Debby Deschenes

January 30, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. John was such a nice man. If there is anything I can do to help let me know. You guys are like family to me.

Sheila Wallace

January 30, 2013

Jack, Dawn and the entire Burke family: I am so sorry for your loss. Having just lost my Dad I know what you are all going through. I will pray for all of you at this very difficult time. I know how much he meant to all of you and he was very lucky to have such a loving and devoted family.


January 30, 2013

May God help Eunice and your family thru this difficult time i remember you and your husband at sacred heart church you and your husband are the two nicest people i ever meet MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL LOVE THE FEREIRA FAMILY