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Family Funeral Care

2904 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor, MI

OBITUARY

Robert G. Rourke

December 28, 1943June 23, 2019
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Robert (Bob) Gerald Rourke, age 75, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, passed away Sunday June 23, 2019.

Bob was born the son of Richard and Lolita (Williams) Rourke in Springfield, Ohio on December 28, 1943. He graduated from Mumford High School in Detroit in the class of 1961, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Technological University. Bob married Linda Williams on March 27, 1965 in Detroit. He and Linda raised their children: Rob, Scot and Shannon in West Bloomfield, just down the road from Linda’s large family.

Bob had a career in Information Technology with General Motors working at the GM Tech Center in Warren for many decades. After leaving GM in 1998, he devoted his talents to the non-profit world, working for The Covenant House Michigan.

Bob collected Lionel Trains and proudly brought them to share at the GM Holiday party, and with special needs children. He always had an elaborate set up in his basement to the amusement of his grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews, and most recently his grand nieces and nephews. Bob has played hockey for five plus decades and has continued to play multiple times per week, well into his 70’s.

Bob's greatest pride was his family. From his excessive holiday gift giving, to his love of spending time with his children and grandchildren, this was his greatest passion. Whether on a cruise with his wife Linda, to Mexico with his kids and grand kids, or bringing people to his hidden treasure of a cottage in Port Franks, Canada where he’s been going since he was a toddler, Bob was always ready to go on an adventure.

Bob is survived by his wife Linda; children Scot (Traci) Rourke and Shannon (Brian Mullane) Rourke; grandchildren Gavin, Finn, Kayte, Keira, and Brendan; his brother Richard Rourke and many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law.

Bob’s family welcomes everyone for a memorial gathering on Saturday June 29th, 2019 from 1-4 pm with a sharing of memories service at 3pm at Family Funeral Care located at 2904 Orchard Lake Rd in Keego Harbor, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to Covenant House Michigan, 2959 Martin Luther King Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48208. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

  • FAMILY

  • Linda (nee Williams) Rourke, Wife
  • Rob Rourke, Son
  • Scot (Traci) Rourke, Son
  • Shannon (Brian Mullane) Rourke, Daughter
  • Gavin, Finn, Kayte, Keira, and Brendan, Grandchildren
  • Richard Rourke, Brother
  • Richard and Lolita (nee Williams) Rourke, Parents
  • Also Survived by many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Sharing of Memories Service Saturday, June 29, 2019

Memories

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Melissa Golpe

June 29, 2019

Bob was one of my favorite people because he lived life to the fullest and didn’t sweat the small stuff. Bob was a genuinely kind, patient and happy person. He loved his family and bragged about them often. He was always ready for an adventure and wanted us to share in them. My favorite thing about Bob was his quick wit. He was one of the funniest people I knew and I loved laughing with him.

Porsha Eubanks

June 29, 2019

Stevenson Elementary sends prayers and condolences to Shannon and the entire family. Shannon, we are here for you. We are all just a call away. ❤

Anne-Marie De Silva

June 28, 2019

Bob was so kind to our family in Port Franks; we were so sorry to hear of his passing. Our sincerest condolences to Linda and family.

Frank Aiello

June 26, 2019

Bob was a special member of our close-knit poker group. We played every other Wednesday. The last time we played was at his home where he relayed a story in only the way he could. He said that he had taken his grandchildren to a game arcade and had given them a can containing about $50.00 in quarters (which by the way he had won from us). Well, how the story goes, one of the grandchildren had sat the can down, and while playing, some unscrupulous person ran off with it. Well, he said he was going to win it back from us, and of course, you can guess how that night ended.
We enjoyed a lot of laughs together. Bob will be greatly missed.

Bob Pinckney

June 26, 2019

All the hockey guys will miss you Bob. A great competitor on the ice and just a really nice person. God bless Bob!

Mark Pickelhaupt

June 26, 2019

A great guy and a very good hockey player. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Bob.

Carolyn Millard

June 25, 2019

Covenant House Michigan sends Linda, family and friends our condolences. Bob was a special part of our family and contributed to our mission in the work he did with us. He will be missed.
Gerry Piro, Executive Director, Board of Directors, Staff and Youth of Covenant House Michigan send our prayers for all of you. Thank you for thinking about the homeless youth we serve.

Sandra Vazquez

June 25, 2019

It was a pleasure to have met Robert while he was working at Covenant House Michigan. He was kind and helpful to all. My condolences to his family and I will pray for their consolation.

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