Robert Joseph Burke Sr.

March 16, 1922February 25, 2018
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"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 Hell's 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, he married his devoted wife of 45 years, Cecelia O'Rourke Burke, and together they raised 5 children. Robert enjoyed a very successful business career, including the role as Executive Vice President for Giant Food, Inc.

He was the loving father of five children; Kathy Burke Rhodes (John), Patricia Ann, Therese Lee, Robert Joseph, Jr. (Terry) and Michael Anthony, Sr. (Rosemary) and cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren; H.L. (Trip) McLaughlin, III (Paula), Joshua M. McLaughlin (Stacey), McKaela Burke Doherty (Patrick), Joseph J. Brown (Normi), Megan Burke David (Ryan), Robert Joseph Burke, III, Garrett M. Burke (Kristen), Michael A. Burke, Jr., Bernadette D. Cole (Paul), Jack Robert Burke, Cecelia C. Burke, Lillie A. Burke, Joseph P. Burke, and 15 great-grandchildren; H.L. (Burke) McLaughlin, IV, Conor M. McLaughlin, Maeve R. McLaughlin, Madison M. McLaughlin, Riley L. McLaughlin, Declan Robert Doherty, Mairead Burke Doherty, Cian P. Doherty, Parker J. Brown, Ferris M. Brown, Ryan G. (Deuce) David, II, Nelle H. David, Charleston L. (Charleigh) Burke, Garrett Fitzgerald (Fitz) Burke, Jillian Mary Cole.

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


  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 3, 2018

Robert Joseph Burke Sr.

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Philip J. Colon

March 5, 2018

Fair Winds and Following Seas. God Speed, Sailor.

Robert and Family are remembered in our Prayers.

Phil Colon ‘62
The Manhattan College Prayer Group

Nancy Davis

March 3, 2018

To All the Burke Children, Our deepest sympathies go out to each and everyone of you and your families. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your and our beloved Bob rest in peace. We will miss his laughter, his antics, his love for life...I know that Heaven is a Livelier Place with his Presence. God Bless You All,
Kenneth and Mom, Nancy Davis

Kimberly and Michael Martin

March 1, 2018

Bob was a true gentleman and a charmer, always had a smile for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sending much love and good memories to Kathy, Josh, Trip, and Family.
Kimberly Bock Martin

Mark Decker

March 1, 2018

Mike and family - so sorry to learn of your loss, but how blessed to have his live presence in your life for so many years - thinking of you in this time of sorrow - Mark

John Brown and family

February 28, 2018

My prayers and condolences to the entire Burke clan for the loss of the patriarch of the family. I have a multitude of wonderful personal memories of Bob but the most important one was his devotion to his family. I couldn't have had a better mentor in business and for that I thank Bob.