Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA


Sean Burke

August 26, 1978February 2, 2020

EO1 (SCW/EXW) Sean B. Burke, 41, passed away February 3, 2020 at his home in Gulfport, MS, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Sean was born in Milford, MA on August 26, 1978. He grew up in Scituate, attended Scituate High School, and graduated in 1996. In 1998, he decided to follow his brother into the Navy. He spent most of the last 22 years based in Gulfport, MS, when he wasn’t deployed and seeing the world. He was a Seabee attached to Naval Construction Group TWO.

Sean was known for the twinkle in his eyes, his good sense of humor, and infectious smile. He was devoted to his sons. He enjoyed big trucks, riding his motorcycle, and fishing, he was also an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan.

Sean is survived by his two sons, Seamus and Liam; parents Stephen and Allison Burke of Scituate; sister Kelly of Richmond, CA; brother Stephen of Worcester, MA; grandmother Alice Phoebus of Hackettstown, NJ; nephew Christian; nieces Lilly and Charlie; and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles.

A visitation will be held Sunday February 23, 2020 from 1-4pm at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate MA.

There will be a Funeral Mass on Monday February 24, 2020 at 10am from St. Mary’s of the Nativity 1 Kent Street in Scituate, MA, followed by a burial service at Cudworth Cemetery, on Cudworth Street, Scituate MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Fisher House Foundation at www.fisherhouse.org.


24 February

Funeral Mass

10:00 am

24 February

Funeral Service

10:00 am

Saint Mary of the Nativity

1 Kent St
Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts


  • Visitation Sunday, February 23, 2020


Sean Burke

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Marie DiGiacomo

February 23, 2020

To the Burke Family,

I am very sorry for your loss. May God bless your entire family.

-Marie DiGiacomo (Friend of Melissa Schrimsher)

Becky Smith

February 23, 2020

To Sean's Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Sean's passing. May God bless you and watch over all of you and may Sean's memory be eternal. With sincere sympathy.
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C. Jeffers Boggs

February 20, 2020

To Sean's family and friends, it's important to me that I share what I think made him such a truly unique and special person. I was a former member of his last command and can attest that he is one of the few people I've ever encountered who showed the same courage and resolve on his darkest days as he did the sunny ones. I did not know him as well as others here, but I believe I had the opportunity to see a side to him that most folks wouldn't due to circumstances beyond either of our control. Sean Burke was one of the bravest men I ever met. He faced his internal demons, the most frightening of all enemies, head on and strove to overcome and defeat each of them for a family he loved fiercely. The world was made a better place for having him in it, and I was made a better person and officer by knowing him. I'll never forget EO1 Sean Burke, and I regret I cannot make it to his memorial (I am unfortunately in Bahrain). However, I did donate in his name to the Fisher House as requested, and I hope others do as well. Rest well EO1, we have the Watch!

C. Jeffers Boggs

John Uremovich

February 19, 2020

My name is John and I work at American Airlines operations in Boston. It was my honor to help Sean on his journey home. On behalf of the Uremovich family and our American Airlines team, please accept our most sincere condolences. Rest easy sailor and may God bless your family.

Jeanna Oxford

February 19, 2020

Many prayers to the family. So very sorry for your loss.

Jeanna Oxford
Mother of Adam Jarboe

Tim Walters

February 19, 2020

Sean and I served In Nmcb 74. Without him and some others my career would never have been as great as it was. I will miss my brother but he will always be in my heart. God bless him and his family.

April Brand

February 18, 2020

Sean, my hubby and I all served together for almost 20 years. He was more than a friend, he was our brother. We have many amazing memories together. I’m so happy he’s out of pain but oh my goodness, his loss has left a painful void in my whole family’s hearts.