James M. Burke
May 7, 1938 – April 3, 2018
James Michael Burke passed away on April 3, 2018 and will be laid to rest next to his mother and father at Saint Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale, Long Island on April 7, 2018.
Jim spent most of his life in Brooklyn. He attended St. Teresa of Avila Grammar School, Cathedral High School, and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception. He spent a life caring for others and leaves a legacy of love and generosity that will continue to live in the hearts of all whose lives he touched.
Jim retired as a Principal Court Clerk from the New York State Surrogate Court where he was very much respected.
Jim served in the US Army from 1961 through 1964 and received a Letter of Commendation for his exceptional ability and performance while a member of the US Army Training Center. He is survived by his siblings Mary Cullen, Helen Wood, John Burke, Margaret O’Rourke, Kathleen Farrell, Ann Fazio (deceased), Noreen Reilly, fifteen nieces and nephews, sixteen grand nieces and nephews, and one great grandniece.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggestions that you make a donation in Jim’s memory to either Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 361 Hyland Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11207 or the Reformed Church, Skilled Nursing Facility, Attention Dr. E. Mezic 1990 Route 18 North, Old Bridge, NJ 08857.
Smiles Breaking Through Tears Dying is a gradual diminishing and final vanishing over the horizon of life. When we watch a sailboat leaving port and moving toward the horizon, it becomes smaller and smaller until we can no longer see it. But we must trust that someone is standing on a faraway shore seeing that same sailboat become larger and larger until it reaches its new harbor. Death is a painful loss. When we return to our homes after a burial, our hearts are in grief. But when we think about the One standing at the other shore eagerly waiting to welcome our beloved friend into a new home, a smile can break though our tears.
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April 9, 2018
James lived a gallant life, and was very much admired by all who knew him. It is very difficult to say "Goodbye", but keeping in mind the words of Jesus, who promised, "Just as the FATHER raised him from the dead, and made him alive, so too the SON makes alive. (John 5:21) So, may all reflect on this promise to receive comfort, and peace by not saying "Goodbye", but saying "Till we meet again."