Martin J. "Marty" Burke
(COL. USAF RETIRED)
Martin J. "Marty" Burke, age 81, of Waipahu, HI passed away Friday, July 23, 2021 after a brief illness. He was born in Greenwich, CT on September 9, 1939 to the late Martin S. and Estelle Larish Burke. He attended St. Mary Grammar School in Greenwich, and graduated from Blessed Sacrament High School and Iona College, in New Rochelle, NY. He is survived by his sister Patricia Burke Falasca and her husband Weda of Fairfield. CT, brother William M. Burke and his wife Priscilla of Rowayton, CT, nephew Brian Falasca his wife Lindsey and daughters Isabelle and Charlotte of Washington, DC, niece Michelle Burke Phelps, her husband Donnie and children Madeline, James, Heather, Halle and Hayden of Moseley, VA, nephew Chris Burke his wife Erika and son Ryan of Miami, FL, daughter-in-law Jasmin Kahuena, her partner Joshua Igarta and her children Donovin, Jenalyn and Marty's beloved "little guys" Makana and Kaimana of Waipahu, HI. He was predeceased by his adopted son, Aaron Kahuena. Jasmin's husband. He is also survived by many cousins and a host of friends
Marty joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963, graduated from Officer Training School and began his long and distinguished military career which included the receipt of two Purple Hearts and the Air Force Joint Services Commendation Award for his service in Vietnam. He lived in various states and spent years in different countries overseas. He enjoyed traveling as it afforded him the opportunity to see new places, learn new languages and customs and make new friends. He tried to live off base where possible so that he could get involved in local volunteer projects and really get to know the spirit of the community. Martin's final assignment was Hawaii and he loved it–the people, the culture, the customs and the weather, so when it came time for another assignment or retirement, he retired. His heart had found a home. He loved serving his community and was involved in building parks, working on the City Council, helping summer camps acquire supplies and getting others involved. He also loved to welcome guests and introduce them to his beloved Hawaii. He enjoyed touring friends around showing points of interest and giving little history lessons along the way. Lest you think, however, that Marty was all work and no play, he loved throwing a party and they were always a good time. Good food, good conversation and lots of laughter. It never hurt that there were usually one or two of Marty's special martinis or 7 layer mai tais involved either. He always said he enjoyed standing in the kitchen listening to the "Happy Noise."
You know, Marty, we are heartbroken that you left us. It was just too soon and we weren't ready. We have to accept our loss, but it's hard. In the meantime, we all will remember your generosity of spirit, how you were always willing to give of your time and, most of all your good and kind heart. So, from all of us, Aloha Nui Loa, Lots of Love, until we meet again.
Funeral services will take place at Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church, 94-1260 Lumikula Street, Waipahu, HI on Thursday 08/26/2021 at 10:30 a.m. with interment with full military honors to follow at 2:00 p.m. at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (The Punchbowl). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your House of Worship or your favorite charity
in memory of Marty.
Published by Greenwich Time on Aug. 24, 2021.