Bruce B. Burke, age 65 of Broad Brook, beloved husband of 43 years to Paula J. (Romano) Burke, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.
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Bruce was born in Manchester on Sept. 19, 1948, son of the late Clarence and Marie (Scarlato) Burke. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at the University of Connecticut, where he received a full academic scholarship. Bruce served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Prior to retirement in December 2013, Bruce was employed by the Mass Mutual Insurance Co. for 14 years and the Aetna Insurance Co. for 26 years.
With his wife, Bruce is survived by his three children, Whitney Becker, and her husband, Brian, of Manchester, Brian Burke, and his wife, Kelly, of South Windsor, and Kyle Alexander, and her husband, Marlon, of South Pasadena, California. Along with the time he spent with his wife and children, he treasured the special moments he had with his five grandchildren, Camden and Natalie Becker and Kayden, Ethan, and Ayla Burke; along with his cherished dogs, Rudy and Rocco. In addition, his sister, Judy Wright, and her husband, Richard, of Manchester, and many close brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and friends mourn his loss. We're going to miss him at the family card games. Besides his parents, Bruce was predeceased by his brother, Clarence (Joe) Burke Jr.
A prayer service will be held, Friday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. Burial with military honors will follow in the East Cemetery in Manchester.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, July 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Holmes Funeral Home
400 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040
Published in Journal Inquirer from July 16 to July 20, 2014