David W. Burke

David  W.  Burke  – 76, of Reading and formerly of North Reading, lost his courageous battle with a lengthy illness, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Born in Fairhaven, MA on November 29, 1940, he was the son of the late George and Helen (Tucker) Burke. He was a graduate of Beverly High School and he later attended the University of Massachusetts.

David worked for Verizon for 39 years, he was a Marketing Manager. He was known for his kindness, sense of humor and his deep devotion and love of his family. He was always lending a helping hand, always a gentleman and was married for 53 years on Valentine’s Day. He had an infectious laughter, especially at his own jokes and had a deep dedication to his daughter Lisa.

David was an avid reader, he loved history, with a passion for the Civil War. He loved his family deeply, he enjoyed family gatherings, spending time with his grandchildren attending hockey games and tennis matches.

David was a resident of North Reading for over 50 years, he was an active member of the Union Congregational Church and a member of the Finance Committee and Church Council.

Family members include his loving wife of 53 years, Linda (Ramsay) Burke; daughters, Lisa Burke, Kristin Leonard and her husband Tim and Dina Magner and her husband Luke; grandchildren, Brittany, Briana and Brooke Leonard, Aidan, Ryan and Liam Magner; brothers, John Burke and his wife Marie, Fred Burke and this late wife Margaret, Donald Burke and his wife Nancy and Phillip Burke and his wife Patty and late brother, Richard Burke; sisters, Jean Arnold, Jackie Caulfield and her late husband Richard; sister- in- law, Janis Brackett and brother- in- law, Edwin Brackett; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading on Thursday, June 22 at 11 AM. Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral service on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 AM, at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Union Congregational Church or the charity of one’s choice. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

7 thoughts on “David W. Burke

  1. Linda so sorry to hear about David
    We just found out, I wish we new earlier would have been at the service
    Always here for you
    Janice and David Conte

  2. My deepest condolences, watching men from my childhood pass Is so difficult, I feel the sorrow and offer greatest sympathies

  3. Dina and family – I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I always have found memories of him carting us around when we were going to a dance or to the mall. Good bless you and your family during this time, and I wish you all health and happiness.
    Darcy Rubino

  4. Linda, , we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Dave. Sending our prayers to you and the family.
    Michelle & Ron

  5. Linda,
    My most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. You both fought a tough battle. May the love you had for each other comfort you in the days ahead. Love, Janet M. Spellman

  6. To Linda Lisa Kristen and Dina I am so very sorry for your loss Dave was a great man who will be missed by many. Growing up on Swan Pond Rd. with you guys was a great experience which I will always have fond memories of, and after my dad passed away Linda you Dave Elaine and John were always there for her right up to the end. Dave was always there to talk to and ask advice of whenever we got together and I both respected and admired him as a father figure in my life. I hope he may now be at peace.

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