John McDonough Burke Jr.
1937 - 2017
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NEWPORT NEWS - John McDonough Burke, Jr. (Jay) of Vienna, VA., passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Jay was born on April 11, 1937 in Newport News, VA. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lolly Wynne Burke and his dog, Kemp. He leaves behind two brothers, Pat Burke and Dr. Gene Burke (Anne) and two brothers in law, Dick Wynne and Billy Wynne (Nancy) and three nephews and a great niece. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1955, Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School in 1960 and the University of Michigan in 1963 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Jay loved flying planes, fly fishing, white water canoeing, racing Formula Fords and riding horses- anything exciting! After leaving the shipyard, Jay worked for Esso International, Exxon USA and Mobil Oil. He retired as Vice President of Mobil Oil Shipping and Transportation in 2000. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. If you wish to make a contribution in his memory the following were his wishes: Middleburg Humane Foundation, P.O. Box 1238, Middleburg, Va. 20118, The Seeing Eye, P.O. Box 375, Morristown, N.J. 07963. or your favorite animal rescue group. Online condolences and fond memories of Jay may be offered to the family at

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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 14, 2017.
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March 8, 2021
It is hard to believe that it has been 4 years since Jay’s passing. I think of all the good times we spent here in NJ with Jay and Lolly. A Good friend and person, Think of him often.
Carm Loughman
March 22, 2017
Lolly--Just heard from Roger of Jay's passing. I have such fond memories of those years in NN. Jay was a special guy. Warm best wishes for support in your grief. Mary and I have been in Williamsburg since 2001.
Ray Alie (
Ray Alie
March 18, 2017
Gene and Ann, I am so sorry to learn of your brother's death. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Joan Blanton
March 16, 2017
Gene, Anne,
So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Sounds like he had a zest for life and accomplished quite a bit.
Brenda Boone Hill, Jerry Hill
March 16, 2017
I'm so sorry for the passing of Mr. Jay Burke. I was an apprentice in The Apprentice School in the 1960's when he was an academic instructor. He taught physics and I have a fond memory of him from the first day of classes. Someone asked if he was married and he responded, "Look at my matching pants, jacket, and tie. What do you think?". From that we all knew he was married because the implication was he probably couldn't have had a matching attire but for a loving wife. May your days be filled with the many wonder-filled memories of his life.
Frank Satchell
March 16, 2017
Dear Gene & Anne,

So sorry to hear about your brother.
Roslyn Zelenka
March 15, 2017
Dear Lolly,
You were a devoted wife to Jay. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and Jay's family . We will remember Jay's great humor and his love of life.
Sandra and art Schatz
March 15, 2017
Dear Gene I'm so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Please accept my sympathy and wishes for comfort and peace. It sounds like he had a great life. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Michael Barber, Hampton, VA. NNHS Class of 67
Michael Barber
March 15, 2017
Lolly and Pat i am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all and your family.

Patsy Bloxom Meider.

Class of "57"
March 15, 2017
Pat,Lolly and all of the Burke family I offer my most sincere condolences for your loss. May our God ease your pain and suffering and give you peace.
Jim McDonald NNHS '57
March 14, 2017
Gene, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Jay was good friends with my late brother, Ray, at both NNHS and the Apprentice School. My sincere condolences to you and the rest of the family.
Jim Dossett
March 14, 2017
I wish to extend my sincere condolences to John Burkes family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
March 14, 2017
We will miss Jay but will have many wonderful memories that we shared over the years. Lots of good times!
Tom and Carm Loughman
March 14, 2017
May god's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad and difficult time. Psalms 119 : 50,76 EJC. GA.
March 14, 2017
My condolences to the family. May the pleasant memories you cherish and the peace of God comfort and sustain you in your time of need.
March 14, 2017
Lolly, Pat, Gene and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. May God Bless you and watch over you all during this time of your loss.
Keeping you in our prayers.
Our most sincere condolences.
Greg & Shirley Campbell
Greg Campbell
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