John R. Burkard

December 29, 1949May 2, 2021

John “Jack” R. Burkard, age 71, of Toms River passed away on May 1st 2021. A viewing will be held on May 8th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River, NJ. Jack was born on December 29th 1949 in Jersey City, NJ to John and Doris Burkard. He graduated from Ocean Twp. High School in 1969 receiving his diploma two weeks early to be able to volunteer for Vietnam. He proudly served for four years in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic.

Jack went on to run his own musical instrument repair business and then later worked at City Music Center for many years.

Jack was a huge fan of music and lived life to the fullest. He imagined himself a comedian and would crack jokes with anyone who would listen. He was also an avid reader and a history buff.

He is survived by two sons John T. Burkard and Daniel Burkard; and a daughter Colleen Burkard; six grandchildren Evan, Jasmine, Kyle, Jessa, Emily and Dylan Burkard as well as one grandchild on the way Jaime Rose Borrows; and his former wife Patricia Sawyer. Additionally he is survived by four siblings, Janet Springsteel, Jeffrey Burkard, James Burkard and Jennifer Copeland.

In lieu of flowers, donations on his behalf can be made to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) 1810 Lanes Mill Road, Brick, NJ 08724.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 8, 2021


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David Gonos

May 10, 2021

I'm sorry I could not make the viewing. I just want to say to Colleen and John Jr., how proud they should be of their dad. He served our country with pride and helped make our country the best in the world. He was a great co-worker of mine at City Music Center, always giving it a great and funny atmosphere. It's the funny times and the laughs that you always remember in life, and I have a lot of those thanks to Jack! I could go on and on, but I'll just say a prayer for Jack and his family and I hope to see him one day in Heaven. May God Bless Jack Burkard and his family. I am honored to have known him. Thank you, Dave Gonos

Aunt Dolores Bigalke

May 5, 2021

Jackie was a lovely little boy that we all dearly loved. He is still loved and at peace with the Lord.
Aunt Dolores and
Cousins Joy, Katherine and Cortland