OBITUARY

Alfred Burke

April 2, 1929May 12, 2020

Alfred Bernard Burke, born April 2, 1929, passed on May 12, 2020, at the age of ninety-one. Al a Navy Veteran, was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Lena Burke. He is survived by his daughter Barbara E. Burke (Millard “Butch” Pierce), sons, Robert V. Burke (Monica Aneiros-Burke), Larry E. Burke (Judy Huff Burke) and Terry R. Burke (Judy Masterson Burke). Papaw is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Laverne Johnston, William Burke, Agnes Burke, James Burke, Anthony Burke, Dallas Burke and his beloved nephew Ronald W. Johnston. His surviving siblings are Thomas Burke, Elaine Burke, Juanita Burke, and Jerry Burke. When a young boy, Al enjoyed working on his Uncle Leon’s farm in Loretto, Ky. During high school he worked at Motherhead’s Resturant & Ice Cream. In his early twenties, he began working for Borden, Inc. You would think with all this ice cream experience he would love all flavors of ice cream, but no, he was a vanilla man! In 1964 Al opened his first Convenient Food Mart which would become one of 7 stores and the training grounds for his sons Larry and Terry who joined the business with stores of their own. Al retired at seventy years of age to enjoy more golf, a sport he loved and enjoyed playing all through his life playing into his nineties. He was not long off the tees, but his drive was always down the middle and his short game was unmatched. Al was a man with a strong Catholic faith. He was active in church and loved singing in the choir. He sang in the choirs of St. Rita (Okolona), St. Timothy (Valley Station) and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Churches. He enjoyed singing for the faithful for over seventy years. Al will be missed by his extended family, those in the St. Peter the Apostle choir. His strong religious belief made his passing easier for us all as he is looking forward to being reunited with “Margaret” our mom and his loving wife. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mass Of The Air.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 15, 2020

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Diane Dulaney

May 16, 2020

Al was the best. I so enjoyed being in the choir with him over the years. He was one of the kindest and sweetest people I've known. He will be sorely missed in the choir, not only for his voice but for his companionship. We will all miss him. Sincerest sympathy to the family. I know you were all so close to him. He was so proud of you all.

Janice Cates

May 16, 2020

Bobby, Barbie, Larry, Terry and families,

I'm so sorry and wish we all could have been with you yesterday to honor Uncle Al. He was a real sweetheart. I loved visiting with him during family reunions and also Burke Bean Parties! He always greeted me with a big smile and hug and took the time to chat and catch up. He loved life and I know he loved all of you so so much. You are all in my heart. Love,Janice

JEFF KING

May 15, 2020

Al Burke was a man anyone would be proud to have as a father. I was blessed to have had him be a part of my life; honored to have been able to play golf, softball, and bowl with him; and frustrated though 30 years my senior he beat me at all of them. I must add how impressed I was of his sons Larry and Terry, the relationship they shared with their dad, and the interaction, involvement, and love they shared with and for one another. I'm going to miss you Al. Thank you for all the great memories.

Don Medley

May 15, 2020

Sorry for your loss.Al was a good friend and golfing buddy.Will not forget him.

Tim Burke

May 14, 2020

I'm really sorry to hear about the passing of Al. I'll always remember him with a smile on his face, a very quiet, soft spoken, and unassuming man. I always enjoyed our conversations at the family reunions. He was dad's good golfing buddy over the last few years and they really grew close. It's tough to lose both of them within a year of each other but I'm sure they're playing eighteen holes up in heaven. Prayers to Bobby, Barbie, Larry and Terry. Your dad was a great guy and we're all going to really miss him.

Bonnie Ried

May 14, 2020

Al was one of the sweetest men I know. He sure loved his family and others. My greatest memories are when Barb kept Chelcee and the way he loved her. I’ll always remember him coming and taking Chelcee DOWNTOWN. She had thus thing for it and he would always take her there just for fun. Am at lose for words to extend to his family but am so sorry for you all. He was a great man 💙🙏🏼

Joe Johnston

May 13, 2020

Where do I begin? My first memories where with Uncle Al, Aunt Margret, Bobbie, Barbie, Larry, and Terry at the old homestead on Preston Hwy. Growing up I admired Al for being a convenience store owner and that's what I decided I should be. I did and I learned so much from him on dealing with customers and how to handle salemen in 2 years. What he taught me is not in text books but in the story of life! I will forever cherish our talks and your stern words of wisdom. I am a better person because of you, thank you!

Dustin Goodlett

May 13, 2020

The pleasure was always mine when going on a golf trip with Papaw Burke or just playing a round with himself and his sons/grandsons. When I heard AB would be joining us that day for golf it always meant that it would be an enjoyable time. It was easy to get over a bad shot when he was in your group. He was always consistent. You knew what you were going to get when playing a round of golf with him and from everything I heard this carried over to his day to day life. The Lord has received another great follower!!

Dustin Goodlett

Julie Cook

May 13, 2020

I remember my dad would take us to visit his corner store and would be so proud of Uncle Al. Enjoyed spending time with him and hearing his golf stories. Will certainly miss his smile!

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FROM THE FAMILY

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