Phillip Joseph Burke

September 21, 1944January 4, 2021

BURKE, Phillip Joseph - Peacefully at the Algoma Residential Community Hospice, with his wife by his side on Monday, January 4, 2021 at the age of 76.

Beloved husband of nearly 50 years to Mary Ellen. Loving father of Michelle Burke of New Zealand, Nicole Burke (Stephen Cole) of Vancouver and Captain Heather Pay (Major Scott). Proud Grandpa of George and Lucy Pay. Dear brother of Patrick Burke (late Cecile). Brother in law of Harriet Rose (Ken), Debbie Corbett (late Gail) and Donald Corbett (late Jayne). Phillip will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews, Bridget Burke (Randy Swanson), the late Alyne Burke, David Rose and the late Butch Rose. Loving great uncle to Hope Swanson. A Celebration of Phillips life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions to Women in Crisis or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street E. 705-759-2522). Please visit the Arthur Funeral Home website obituaries to leave a message of condolence for the family.


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Susan Celetti

January 20, 2021

I just wanted to say MaryEllen that i am so sorry to hear about Phil. I am Ken Nott’s daughter. Sending wishes and prayers of comfort to you.

Burnie Thorp

January 8, 2021

Mary Ellen and Family

My memories of Phil go back to the days when we were altar boys at St Gregory's. I was pleased that our paths crossed again when I worked in Utilities for a few years and then again when I joined SOAR Chapter 6-17. Phil's contributions to the chapter were outstanding and greatly appreciated. As requested by you a contribution had been made by the chapter to Women in Crisis in Phil's honour.

A true gentleman whose quiet and gentle demeanour will be missed.

Be assured of our prayers.


Orville Halverson

January 7, 2021

He will be missed

Deb Cole

January 7, 2021

Maryellen and family,
My deepest sympathies for you loss. You are in my thoughts and in my heart. I will remember Phil as a kind, quiet gentleman with a great sense of humour.
Hugs to everyone.

Art Tadashore

January 6, 2021

Mary Ellen and family:

Nancy and I extent our prayers and sympathies to you and the family on the passing of Philip.
I look back on the many Wednesday’s and smile. Philip was a true gentleman and a proud Grandpa. He loved telling tales of George and Lucy and show the pride he shared with you regarding his/your daughters and their accomplishments.
Even though I didn’t know him over a great number of years I will always consider him a friend who made me laugh and with whom I shared many a story.


Carol Netherton

January 6, 2021

Mary Ellen, girls and all the family
please accept my sincere condolences in your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ron & Mary Ann Carnes

January 6, 2021

Mary Ellen and the girls please accept our deepest condolences on you personal loss.

We really enjoyed our trip to Cuba together back in 2010