Albert E. Burke, Sr.
October 13, 1932 – February 12, 2015
Albert E. Burke, Sr. known fondly by all as “Burkie,” age 83, of Clayton, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
Born in Ohio on October 13, 1932, Al was a son of the late Albert F. Burke and Ethel Kreklow Burke. He made his career as a master carpenter with Local No. 626 in Wilmington, where he served as past president and Local No. 845 in Philadelphia.
An avid outdoorsman, Al enjoyed both hunting and fishing. He adored spending time in his yard feeding the many birds that visited him and gardening. In his leisure time, Al liked working on crossword puzzles and tinkering with anything around the house that needed fixing. A kind and generous individual, he was the first to lend a hand to a friend in need and also gave of his time by assisting the Benedictine Sisters in Ridgley, MD with the monastery’s upkeep. Al was happiest in the company of his beloved family. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Leroy Burke. Al is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia A. (Fagan) Burke; children, Albert E. Burke, Jr. (Marianne) of Smyrna, DE, Donna M. Wailes (Anthony) of Chincoteague, VA, Connie A. Bonsall (Dennis) of Bear, DE, Nora T. Burke of Bear, DE and Catherine L. Burke of Newark, DE; sister, Marlous Marie Wells of Smyrna, DE; 8 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015, at the St. Paul’s R.C. Church, 209 Washington Street, Delaware City, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Delaware City, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Al’s name may be made to the American Legion Ambulance Station No. 64, 900 Smyrna Clayton Boulevard,, Smyrna, DE 19977.