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James Burke was a member of the Five Stairsteps, who had a hit in 1970 with “O-o-h Child.”

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Published in Niagara This Week on Feb. 24, 2021.
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April 9, 2021
Sincere condolences to the Burke family, many, many friends, colleagues and fans. James Burke was a member of the Five Stairsteps, who had a hit in 1970 with “O-o-h Child”, they had many songs that will NEVER be forgotten. May the love and the special memory you shared with your father, brother and friend show how your life was touched by him. We will miss James' presence and his many contributions in the R&B music industry. May you find comfort in your treasured memories of your dear loved one in the days, months and years ahead as the world copes with loss the of James. May his music keep his memory alive forever.
Tony
March 14, 2021
My condolences to the Burke family May God Bless and comfort you at this time.RIP James.A former member of the 5 stairsteps fan club .N.Y. All the show's and hanging out with you guys the memories will last a lifetime.
C Cody
Acquaintance
March 12, 2021
Alishia
March 6, 2021
My Condolences to the Burke Family. A long way from the Apollo in Harlem NY. The fun we had running in up and down those back stage steps.. and laughing at your comedic Dad in the hotel lobby with a wig on his head. May you R.I.H. And continue to sing O-o h Child till we meet again. You will be miss.
March 3, 2021
I LOVED THIS SONG, RIP JAMES, WE'LL BE IN HEAVEN TO HEAR YOUR SONGS AGAIN
SUSAN STRAHM
March 3, 2021
RIH! James. Condolences to the family. He's singing from heaven with Clarence & Cubie.
March 3, 2021
Deepest condolences to the Burke family. That song, “O-O-H Child” is timeless. It touches everyone when heard. May the God of all comfort be with each one of you.
March 2, 2021
Return If Possible Damn it Man I'm always listen to the Y'all . R.I.P
Roosevelt Martin
Friend
March 2, 2021
My condolences go out to the family of James Burke. So sorry for your loss.
LeeRoy
March 1, 2021
You voice will be remembered.
Stephanie Schell
March 1, 2021
Remember hearing that song "Ooh Child" on the radio over the years.
Stephanie D Schell
March 1, 2021
Truly an awesome singer and part of an amazing group. The legacy of the music will live on. Sincere condolences to the Burke family, very sorry for the loss of James, may God be with all of you at this most difficult time.
March 1, 2021
A wonderfully talented singer and part of an amazing group. The music will live on. Sincere condolences to the Burke family, may God be your strength and comfort during this very difficult time of your loss.
February 28, 2021
I am sorry for the loss of Mr. James Burke. May the family have comfort from the almighty God during this challenging time.
T Z
Acquaintance
February 28, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Burke family. May you find comfort
in your treasured memories of James and May God continue to comfort you in the days, months and years ahead.
February 28, 2021
My condolences to the family. Loved the hit song...May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.
February 28, 2021
god bless
peter skerry
February 28, 2021
Thank you. This beautiful song lifted us every time we heard it. We believed.... RIP.
M. MCGOVERN
February 28, 2021
My condolences to the family.
February 28, 2021
Loved the beautiful music memories that you brought to us. Continue singing in heaven.
Yvonne Brothers-Edmondson
Friend
February 27, 2021
Thanks Man !!
Ottawa Hills Class of 1974
Student
February 27, 2021
I really enjoyed the music of he five stair steps. May God comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
February 27, 2021
My condolences to his friends and his family he was an extraordinary talented Entertainer who made history so many ways may he rest in peace
David P Call
Acquaintance
February 27, 2021
Thank you for the gift of song that brings me back to a simpler time. Prayers.
Darlene Dorin
February 26, 2021
So thankful for the wonderful music from this most talented singer, he will be both missed and remembered. Sincere sympathies to the Burke family, may God be your strength and comfort at this very difficult time of your loss.
February 26, 2021
Rest in Peace
February 26, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to The Burke Family during the transition of Mr. James Burke. He shared his gifts and talent in a very special way. He and the group brought so much hope and joy to the world. God Bless you all.
Lee Robinson
Friend
February 26, 2021
My condolences go out to the Burke family on the death of James. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss.
LeeRoy
February 26, 2021
To the family and friends of James Burke, please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May God give you peace and comfort you during this time of grief.
P E
Neighbor
February 26, 2021
Oh-o Child was a great song! I loved their music! So sorry to the family of James Burke.
Yvonne
February 26, 2021
Rest easy . O oh child always makes you smile when you hear it . Thoughts an prayers to your family.
Rose Baird
February 25, 2021
Their music was great ! Still listen to them today ! Sorry for the loss . At 64 years of age , I still believe that time of music has never left us and still a hit our hearts ! God Bless !!!!!














Angel Ramos Jr
Friend
February 25, 2021
Thanking God for your existence and you and your family sharing your many musical talents. May your family and friends be comforted by many happy memories.
Phyllis Shepherd
February 25, 2021
What an iconic group, James Burke was a very talented part of it. My sincere condolences to the Burke family , friends and members of the Five Stairsteps and Invisible Man Band, truly sorry for your loss. May God grant all of you peace and strength during your time of your sorrow.
February 25, 2021
One of my favorite groups, Had there pictures plastered all over my bedroom walls. Never missed them at the
Cheetah, Apollo or Manhattan Center. I also had the biggest crush on James. My Condolences to the family and
may he rest in peace. A huge fan, Obviously from New York.
February 25, 2021
RIP
Michelle Plakas-Kaiser
February 25, 2021
I would like to give my condolences to the family of James Burke, I meet him in 1972 in the Bronx he was down to earth person and good friend
James Wells
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
So very sorry to hear of James passing. This iconic song still is and will always be my favorite of all time. May the God of Comfort take care of the Burke Family’s deep sorrow at this difficult time. May God strengthen you to cope with your precious loss as he supports you with his endless peace and carries the grief in your hearts Psalm 68:19. O-o-h Child will never be forgotten and neither will James.
BRY
February 25, 2021
Such a talented singer and performer, my sincere sympathies to the Burke family and friends, may you find comfort and strength from God as you go through this very difficult time of your loss.
February 25, 2021
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived with James. The Five Stairsteps were a part of my favorite groups growing up. Really good and enjoyable times. Sending prayers and words of comfort to James family and friends.
JE Sowell
February 25, 2021
Kent & Carol Sivadge
February 25, 2021
I would like to office my sincere condolences to the family and friends of James Burke may the God of tender mercies grant him peace.
February 25, 2021
What an incredible performer. We just love that song. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this extremely difficult time.
February 25, 2021
To the Family: May God watch over you during this trying time. I am so grateful for the beautiful music Mr.Burke shared with us during his tour of earth. R.I.P.
Sarah Wilson
February 25, 2021
O-O-H child of god , things just got easier . RIP James .
Greg Williams
Family
February 25, 2021
I’m sorry for your loss. I enjoyed your music and voice. God Bless and Thank you for sharing part of your life with the world. R.I.P. ❤
Maria Auger
Friend
February 24, 2021
Many loved and listened to “O-o-h Child”. To The family, friends, and fans of James Burke I send deepest condolences for your loss. At this difficult time, may the God of tender mercies comfort you and strengthen you.
Mary
Neighbor
February 24, 2021
I still love that song since I was a teenager. I still go to you tube to listen to it til this day. Thank you for blessing us with your gift. May you rest in peace.
Pamela Jordan
Friend
February 24, 2021
Loved the group and the many songs they have preformed over the years. I am sorry to hear that we lost James. I kniw the family is devastated and I am sorry for your loss. You have my sympathy.
Steele
February 24, 2021
I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of mr. James burke may the God of tender mercies grant him peace
February 24, 2021
Mr. Burke's performance on "O-o-h Child" is something I have always found deeply moving. It is always a great song to hear after finishing the most challenging part of any day. He gave a special gift to anyone who ever hears it.
Albert Alioto
February 24, 2021
YOU , YOUR MUSIC AND YOURS SONGS WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED;I STILL LISTEN TO OOOH CHILD,BECAUSE I STILL HAVE HARD TIMES..MAY YOU REST IN HEAVEN WITH ANGELS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY THROUGH SUCH A HARD TIME IN SENDING YOU HOME TO BE WITH OUR LORD;;;WELL DONE AND THANK YOU FOR THE GREATEST OF YOUR MUSIC
Connie TYLER
February 24, 2021
Debra Ceol
February 24, 2021
To the family,

I would like to extend my condolences to you. Life is truly precious and when we lose our loved ones it breaks our heart. Please know that God is there as a source of comfort and strength. He will hold on to you and help you get through this difficult time. Isa. 41:10.
February 24, 2021
Godspeed James, and thank you for the wonderful music memories...
Harry Simpson
February 24, 2021
Scott Chamberland
February 24, 2021
Chris Smirh
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