Joshua Bayley Burke, age 52, died peacefully in his home June 16th. He is survived by his wife Susan Cohen Burke of Beverly, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his father, William C. Burke, Jr. and is the son of Marjorie W. (Peggy) Burke. Josh attended Marblehead schools, Bridgeton Academy and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA. Although he suffered from mental illness, he often attended Pioneer House and helped others; particularly by advocating for a better mental health system. He was a constant source of joy to his wife, Susan, his parents, his brothers and their wives: William C. (Twig) Burke, III and his wife Tamie of Marblehead, Jonathan J. Burke and his wife Julie of Castine, Maine, Nicholas A. Burke and his wife Lisa of Hamilton, MA and Nathanael A. Burke and his wife Frances of Marblehead, MA He loved his nieces and nephews and constantly encouraged and supported them in all their endeavors. Uncle Josh was cherished and loved by each of them; Shannon, Conor, Rory, Tristan, Jackie, Julia and Deirdre. His funeral will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St corner of North St, Salem to be followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm in the Murphy Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Joshs name to Pioneer House, 2 Washington Street, Peabody, MA 01915 or the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill 400 West Cummings Park Suite 6650, Woburn, MA 01801-6528. For additional information or online guest book please call 781-631-8885 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from June 18 to June 25, 2013