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Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA

OBITUARY

Patrick Burke

January 23, 1964March 18, 2020

On March 17, 2020 Patrick P. Burke passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a short and hard-fought battle with metastatic melanoma. Born on January 23, 1964 in Buffalo, NY to Fred and Mary (Rodgers) Burke, Patrick was the second of five siblings. He received his B.A. in music education from the University of Tennessee in 1987. After graduation and spending one year teaching band in Raleigh, NC, Patrick accepted a position in Virginia at Hayfield Secondary School. During his 31 year tenure at Hayfield he directed middle and high school bands, fostering a community of smart, funny, and on-time students. He taught at Hayfield for the remainder of his career before retiring in June of 2019. On November 27, 1993, Patrick married his best friend Karen, together they raised two amazing children, Keelin and Mitchell. Patrick loved family, friends, food, and travel. In his short retirement he discovered a passion for photography and was learning to cook, taking over the kitchen duties from Karen. He was known for his kindness, quick wit and unfailing support for his students and colleagues. Patrick will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend of 27 years, Karen and their children, Keelin (Bradley), Mitchell and by his extensive family and dear friends. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date.

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Angela Brandt

March 23, 2020

I was a senior at Hayfield the year Mr. Burke began teaching there. It was just today that I learned it was only his second year teaching. He was evidently a born teacher and had an approach that made you feel confident to try and willing to learn. He was kind and supportive. The world has surely lost a great teacher.

Nick Guertin

March 22, 2020

I didn't know Pat long. I met him shortly after he retired. He was the Principal Tuba with the Arlington Concert Band and a guest conductor. He was an amazing musician and a great source of confidence and support for the rest of us in the Tuba section. His charm, warm personality, positive outlook and quick wit were all things I looked forward do each week when we saw each other. We will miss him as a player-coach and a fun guy to be around.
He played in this concert: https://arlingtonconcertband.org/2019/12/09/winter-2019-concert-recording/

Jim Kennedy

March 21, 2020

This is very sad news for our local community. The former Hayfield Band Director Mr. Burke has passed away. All my children took band at some time in their school years. Mr. Burke taught them all. He was a great teacher and a great man. As a parent, I felt my children were "safe" being part of his band family!
This is a personal loss too. He was one of many in the community that offered support during our family's loss. He took Megan to Europe as part of the American Music Abroad Tour. I’m sure; the Hayfield community is well served with Mr. Burke joining Mr. Krushinski in heaven’s music department! Rest in peace, Mr. Burke!

Christine Page

March 21, 2020

Pat Burke was a wonderful teacher and fine role model for the students he mentored over his 31 years. He was a fixture at Hayfield Secondary. His band students were so lucky to have him, including my two sons. He was such an inspiration to so many. I remember with fondness the many band competitions & trips over the years. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family at this difficult time!

Che,Atsuko,Jonathan,&Justin Russell

March 21, 2020

Celebrating Mr. Patrick Burke's life and service! We celebrate his passion for music education and life lessons to students for 31 years at Hayfield Middle and High School. God is good through him.
Che, Atsuko, Jonathan, & Justin Russell

Catherine Lyon

March 20, 2020

My son was a student of Mr Burke’s, so I was a band mother. Pat was such a fine, caring, funny man with a wonderful sense of kindly humor. He was so supportive of the students and helped to create a community of care and respect for all the students in the band program. What a prince of a man!

Larry Lane

March 20, 2020

I never saw him again after he graduated high school, but the two years we were in band together were fun. I remember his smile and him being the most adult teenager I had ever seen. I have attached the only picture I have of him playing bass in the jazz band in high school. He wore a sports coat to play bass in the jazz band. He was always available to offer fatherly advice to younger immature classmates like myself. He knew what he wanted to do with his life then and I see that he went on to do it and taught many young students to live music as much as he did. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and students.


Cassie Jurasits

March 20, 2020

Mr. Burke made the world a better place. He brought beautiful music into our lives. He expected the best out of his students and he brought the best out of them musically and as fellow humans. My son appreciated Mr. Burke's sense of humor. I appreciated his life lessons. Quote from Mr. Burke "15 min early is on time". Mr. Burke cared about each student. He has a special place in all of our hearts.

Ken Halla

March 20, 2020

Pat and I taught together at Hayfield Secondary for 17 years. He was dedicated, passionate and carried so deeply about all of his students. I loved to go by his room and see him working at his craft - leading the kids in the band room. My heart goes out to his family.

Jerry Jurasits

March 20, 2020

Mr. Burke was my son's music director with the Hayfield Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble, retiring the same year my son graduated. He was kind and well-respected man who shaped many lives for the better. I am saddened and shocked by the news. Farewell Mr. Burke - it was a life well lived!