Thomas M. Burke Sr., 65, of South Scranton, died Friday afternoon from injuries suffered in an accident on Northeast Extension of the Pa. Turnpike near the Mahoning Valley exit. His wife is Lela Mattern Burke.
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Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Thomas P. and Dorothy Wickham Coccia Burke. A 1966 graduate of Dunmore High School, he was a master mechanic and owner/operator of Mall Auto Service, Montgomeryville, until his retirement. He was of the Catholic faith, a member of the Harley-Davidson Owners Group and the Scranton Polish Club.
Tommy was a free spirit who loved his Harley and was a huge fan of Elvis Presley. He lived for his family and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, and was an avid football fan who was known to wager on games.
He is also survived by two sons, Army CWO-3 Thomas M. Burke and wife, Lex, Fort Lewis, Washington; and John T. Burke and wife, Maureen, Sellersville; two daughters, Maria Creger and husband, Mark, North Carolina; and Tina Skilton and husband, Brian, Telford; three sisters, Marie Cigna and husband, Frank, Scranton; Debbie Metzger, Harleysville; and Rosemarie Derstine, Souderton; two brothers, Timothy Burke, and Patrick Burke and wife, Michelle, all of Scranton; eight grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his late wife, Jean R. DiMatteo Burke; a son, Timothy D. Burke; three brothers, John Coccia, Frank and Joseph Burke; and his grandmother, Mary C. Burke, who raised him.
There are no calling hours. Private services were held. Interment will be private.
Arrangements by the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home, 254-268 Railroad Ave., Scranton. Condolences: www.chomkofuneralhome.com.
Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home & Cremation Services
262 Railroad Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 7, 2013