Edward Burke, who has lived in Easton for the past 36 years, passed away Friday after a lengthy illness. Below is his full obituary from Kane Funeral Home:
Edward A. Burke, 87, a resident of Easton for the past 36 years, died Friday, February 1, 2013 at Blue Hill's Alzheimer's Care Center in Stoughton after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Maureen (Sullivan) Burke for 42 years.
Born in Bracklagh, Ireland on June 16, 1925, a son of the late Thomas and Delia (Farrel) Burke, he was raised and educated in Ireland. Edward arrived in the US in 1948 at the age of 23, moving to Roxbury.
He enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War and served as a private. Edward moved to Easton in 1976 and was employed for 33 years in processing at the US Postal Annex in South Boston.
A charter member of the Holy Cross Church in Easton, he was a member of the Massachusetts Citizen's for Life, the VFW Post 2547 in Easton, the Irish Social Club of West Roxbury and the Irish Cultural Center in Canton.
Edward enjoyed spending his winters in Venice, FL since 1992 and his hobbies included reading newspapers, gardening, and trips to Green Harbor beach in Marshfield.
In addition to his wife Maureen, he is survived by four children, Maureen Burke of Baltimore, MD., Kevin Burke of Wrentham, James Burke of Milton and Edward Burke of VA.; his siblings, Christopher Burke of Watertown, Vincent Burke of NY., and Regina Burke of Ireland; three grandchildren, Andrew Burke, Dylan Burke and Kaylee Burke; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Thomas Burke, Gerald Burke, Patrick Burke, Margaret O'Malley, Michael Burke, Maureen Coughlin and Frank Burke.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) Easton, on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in the Holy Cross Church, Easton, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.
Visiting hours on Monday from 5-8 p.m. Donations in Edward's memory may be sent to the VFW Post 2547, PO Box 103, Easton, MA. 02356. For directions and
condolences visit www.kanefuneralhome.com