Raymond "Ray" Burke, 65, of Evergreen passed away Nov. 28, 2013.
Ray is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Linda; sons Sean (Kathe) and Colin; and brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Ray was born in Eston, Saskatchewan, and spent a great deal of his life farming the land around the area. His work ethic was legendary. In 1987 he moved to Colorado with his family and made Evergreen his home.
Ray's friends and family can attest to his kind nature, giving personality and wild sense of humor. He worked in many fields, from cashier to auto body painter to liquor store owner. Being a good Irishman, the liquor business was in his blood … literally. He enjoyed working the register and chatting with customers most of all. People would drive to his store just to talk with him. In the last two years, Ray enjoyed the hobby of brewing his own beer. He loved the combination of recipes, cooking and drinking.
Ray was an avid reader. He had stacks and stacks of books and magazines, all of which he read, and some more than once - always looking for ways to improve a business, a beer or himself.
Ray never enjoyed being the focus of attention or big productions, and so he is in death. He simply wanted folks to remember him fondly and ask that you have a beer in his name.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at The Barn Chapel at Evergreen Memorial Park, 26624 N. Turkey Creek Road in Evergreen.
Memorial donations may be sent in memory of Raymond James Burke to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513, or online at www.jimmyv.org.
For more information or to write a condolence to the family, visit www.EvergreenMemorialPark.com.