James E. Burke

April 10th, 2015

Retired Wilmington Police Officer James E. Burke, age 79, of St. Augustine, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on April 7, 2015.

Jim was born on January 24, 1936, in Malden, MA; he was the dear son of the late John and Dorothy (Gallagher) Burke. Jim was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1953.

Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force on February 26, 1954, during the Korean War; proudly serving as a Staff Sergeant with the 602nd Camron. Jim was honorable discharged on February 25, 1958 and returned home to his family in Wilmington.

Jim was appointed to the Wilmington Police Force as an interim officer in 1964 and permanent officer in 1967; he served the community for more than 20 years and retired in May of 1986. Jim was also a very talented carpenter and for many years he operated his own construction company where he remodeled countless homes in and around Wilmington.

Jim is survived by his children James E. Burke, Jr. & his wife Beth of Wolfeboro, NH, Margie Fuller & her husband David of Tuftonboro, NH, Michael Burke & his wife Karen of Wilmington, MA, Janet Burke and Michele Burke both of Tewksbury, MA, and Nancy Runnals of Wolfeboro, NH; his grandchildren Craig Burke & his fiancé Tara, Meghan Burke, Matthew, Kelsey, and Hailey Fuller, Kevin and Scott Burke, and Brian Kumm & his wife Amanda, and his great-grandsons Brayden Burke and Charlie Kumm.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, April 25th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in James’ memory may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “James E. Burke”

  1. John Gerhartz says:

    Mike, Karen and Burke Family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, may his spirit live on in all of your hearts, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. John And Kris Gerhartz

  2. Michele Giroux Higgs says:

    Dear Janet and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go through this difficult time. Michele Higgs (Giroux)

  3. Jimbo McHugh says:

    My thoughts and Prayers are with the Entire Burke Family for your loss.

  4. Eric Palmer says:

    To the family and friends of Jimmy, I am very sorry for your loss. My dad (James T. Palmer) and Jimmy worked together on WPD and were very good friends. I have fond memories of Jimmy from when I was growing up in town. My thought and prayers are with you. Rest in peace Jimmy.

  5. Sophie Benonis says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I worked with Jim at Ocean Grove for many years . He was a great person with a very kind heart.
    Sophie and Scott

  6. Jenifer Savosik says:

    Mike, Karen and Burke family, I’m very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you!

  7. Burke Family says:

    Thank you to all who sent messages and/or came to our Dads’ service. It was a great tribute to him and your condolences, messages, thoughts and prayers helped us through this time.

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