Brian E. Burke

September 23, 1973July 7, 2018
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Brian E. Burke, 44, of West Chester, PA passed away after a brief and painful battle with pancreatic cancer on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Brian was the loving husband of Tiffany H. (nee Hamilton) Burke and devoted father to his two young children, Addison (10) and Mitchell (7). Above all else, he loved spending time with his family and friends—often over a delicious meal that he prepared himself. Brian had a career in Information Technology, working most recently for DLL in Wayne, PA. He served in the U.S. Navy and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Phoenix online. Brian was very honored to achieve his Third Degree Black Belt from The Nackord Karate System, and equally proud to share the love of karate with his children. Brian is survived by his mother Lynda (nee Malloy) Cochrane and sisters Paula Kraly (Matthew, Stanley and Samuel), Michel Burke (Olivia and Cameron) and Dawn Stafford (AJ, Shanise and Elisiah), along with many close friends. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Alleva Funeral Home, Inc. 1724 Lancaster Ave., Paoli, PA 19301 on Wednesday, July 18 from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will take place at Christ Community Church, 1190 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380 on Thursday, July 19 at 11 a.m., with a visitation from 10-11 a.m. Thursday morning in the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family’s Go Fund Me account to support the children:


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 19, 2018

Brian E. Burke

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Astrid Balsink

July 14, 2018

Dear Tiff, Addison and Mitchell, I am so sorry for your loss. What a crazy turn life took. Brian always made me smile with his crazy posts about Mitchells' poo and other funny observations, the pride he took in Addisons' karate achievements, fixing up the house himself and your great family. It radiated love. He always had that smile, content, proud and strong. My sincere condolences to all of you. Cherishing the memories, the kids will keep you going and if you ever need a retreat across the ocean, you are very welcome here! xx sending you lots of love, strength and a very, very big hug x Astrid

Margaux Jacks

July 10, 2018

Dear Tiffany,

I can close my eyes and we are young girls. I recall our time together at CCD and OLA. We were just starting on this journey. It has been amazing seeing you grow into the woman, mom, you are today. My heart hurts for you. And I pray for you and your children as you move through this. There is healing and we never forget. Our hearts always remember these deep loves-the happy times, the pain, the loss. Always and forever. Much love to you, Margaux

Laura Pitt

July 10, 2018

Tiff and family, While I did not know Brian as well as I know you Tiffany, the thought of Brian and the kids sitting under the tent at the seafood boil eating crabs hour after hour will stick with me. This year Brian sat for almost three hours - enjoying the time with the children and downing what seafood he could handle. There will always be a seat for him at the annual event and I look forward to seeing this Burke tradition continue in 2019. Embrace the memories and lean on all of us friends as you move forward.

Dana and Doug Lammer

July 10, 2018

Tiffany, Addison and Mitch,
We are so sadden and so very sorry for the loss of Brian. The last 10 weeks have been a whirlwind of sadness and tears, love and laughter and we thank you for letting us be a part of it. The time we got to spend with you guys and Brian was a gift and we will carry those memories forward.
In the coming days, lean on your family, your friends and your love of the Lord. Your faith will see you through. We are here for you. We love you.

Christine Barabasz

July 10, 2018

Tiffany, I am so very sorry to hear of your husband’s illness and passing. I can tell from the photos of your Facebook page that you were so much in love. I know there are difficult days ahead for you and your children and I will keep you in my thoughts as you navigate these times. My brother Peter died of this terrible disease at 57, leaving his wife and two children. Lean on your family and friends now for support as you face the future.

Chris Barabasz (mother of your Conestoga classmates Alison, Hannah and Peter)

Nicole Venere

July 10, 2018

Tiffany, Addison and Mitchell - we have no words that will save you from the sadness that you are currently feeling or that you will continue to feel. With that said, we will continue to love on you and do whatever we can to help you keep Brian's memories at the forefront of your lives. We are only a few miles and a phone call away if you need anything.

Here's a pic of some of the West Chester crew from NYE! A fun night!


Betty Wheaton

July 9, 2018

Our sincerest sympathy to Tiffany, Addison, and Mitchell. You are in our prayers and we will pray for the Lord to continue to give you courage, strength, and His loving guidance. You have been an example of faith to all who know you. May God be with you as you go on, one day at a time.

If there is anything we can do, at any time, please let us know. You have shown so much faith and I know your faith will get you through it.

Love, Betty and Bill Wheaton