Burke, John F. "Jack" HARWICH, Mass. John F. "Jack" Burke, 76, of Harwich passed away unexpectedly on May 4, 2014. He was the loving husband of former Mechanicville resident Virginia "Ginger" (Williams) Burke for 54 years. Jack was born in Binghamton in 1937 to John J. and Mary (Foley) Burke. He received a degree in electrical engineering from RPI where he also earned a master's degree. Having been in ROTC in college, he was commissioned as an ensign in the US Navy in 1959 and was discharged in 1961 as a lieutenant JG. After his time in the Navy, he began a career in the telephone business with New York Telephone and then with AT&T. He worked as a consultant for Chase Manhattan Bank and UMass Dartmouth where he was still actively consulting. Jack was active in the community both in New York where he was a rotarian and in Harwich where he was active in the chamber of commerce. He was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans. Jack enjoyed golfing and wintering in Siesta Key, Fla. Along with his wife, he is survived by his children, J. Joseph Burke, Jayne and her husband Todd Tuttle and Thomas and his wife Christine Burke and his four grandchildren, Hannah, Alexandra, Mitchell and Harrison. He also leaves a brother, Richard F. and his wife Lucretia Burke; a sister-in-law, Diane Ryan; a brother-in-law, David and his wife Cynthia Sheehan and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, Canal Rd. in Orleans. Burial with military honors are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 9 at the Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Friends are asked to assemble at the visitor's center at 10:15 a.m. Notes of comfort and sympathy may be made to his family at MorrisOConnorBlute.com Local arrangements by the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Mechanicville.
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Published in Albany Times Union on May 7, 2014