Paul R. Burke

March 1st, 2019

Paul R. Burke, age 78, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born on January 4, 1941, in Medford, MA; he was a life-long resident of Wilmington where he was raised and educated.

Paul enlisted in the United States Air Force in October of 1959; he served his active duty overseas for a few years and in December of 1963 he was transferred to the Air Force Reserves. Paul went on to serve in the Reserves until October of 1965.

Paul was a Wilmington Firefighter for over 18 years until his illness forced him into early retirement. For many years, Paul maintained a kinship with many of his fellow firefighters. Paul was also a long-time member of the Tewksbury/Wilmington Lodge of Elks.

Paul married Cathy (Cain) Burke over 45 years ago and together they raised five sons and were grandparents of eight. As his family will attest, Paul’s role as a grandfather was his favorite family role by far; he adored those kids.

Paul’s love of travel and adventure was contagious, and he passed this passion down to his family. As a family, they traveled the country in their motor home for two summers; visiting over forty-six states. After traveling the country, they settled into their summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Paul was an avid boater who spent entire days on his boat, pulling his sons while they water skied or went tubing and eventually doing the same when the grandchildren came along. Throughout his early adult life, when the boys were young, he was an avid snow skier.

Paul will be remembered as a man of few words, making sure when he spoke – you listened. His love and guidance extended beyond his own children to his many nieces and nephews who enjoyed his role as the patriarch of Burke family. Paul was also a great friend to many and would go out of his way to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Paul was the beloved husband of 45 years to Catherine B. “Cathy” (Cain) Burke, devoted father of Richard Burke of Wilmington, Paul Burke & his wife Renee of Pelham, NH, John Burke & his wife Amy of Billerica, Fred Burke & his wife Tricia of Hudson, NH and Tom Burke & his wife Meg of Upland, CA. Loving “Grampy” of Taylor, Madison, Kate, Danny, Ryan, McAdam, Evan and Emma. Dear son of the late John and Dorothy (Gallagher) Burke, brother of the late Jackie Burke and Jim Burke, uncle of the late John Burke. Paul is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 5th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Paul R. Burke”

  1. Mike cuqua says:

    So Sorry To Hear Of Paul’s Passing, he was A Great Man, And A Great Friend!, I, Will Miss His Great Smile, He Will Be Greatly Missed ????????????

  2. Beverly Burke says:

    The best Uncle a girl could ask for. Rest easy, Uncle Paul – love you forever xx

  3. Jimbo McHugh says:

    Mrs Burke, Rich, Paul, John, Fred, Tom.
    So Sorry to hear of Mr. Burke’s Passing . Sending Thoughts and Prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  4. David and Debbie Cain says:

    Uncle Paul will be missed by all.

  5. Jane and Jim Higgins says:

    We were so sad to hear of Paul’s passing. Paul was a great friend always willing to lend a helping hand. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  6. David Sutherland says:

    Paul was always warm and welcoming whenever I would be up at the house in Moultonborough with Fred and his family. His kindness made me feel like family.

  7. Joan Arsenault says:

    Cathy and family so sorry for your loss.

  8. Mark and Janice Persson says:

    Paul was a wonderful neighbor who my wife and I will dearly miss. We enjoyed our many conversations with him so much and will certainly remember his kindness to us which began as a new family moving in some 30 years ago. He was truly a wonderful man who we were so fortunate to know, to call our neighbor and friend. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Cathy and to the entire Burke family during this difficult time.

  9. Cheryl Puccio says:

    Dear Cathy, So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  10. Ryan Rappoli says:

    Tom, Fred, John, and family… So very sorry for the loss of your dad.

  11. Paula Todd says:

    Dear Cathy,
    so sorry for your loss. Love to you and your family. Praying for all

  12. Greg Monteforte says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, your family is in my thoughts and Prayers.

  13. Lysa Burke says:

    He was a beautiful man who lead a wonderful life. He welcomed me so warmly into the family. Connor, Logan and I will continue to love just as deeply as he did to honor him. We’ll tell stories and share memories, in order to keep him close. Thinking of all he loved during this difficult time. Wish we could be there with you to give you all a big hug. We’ll love Uncle Paul to heaven and back forever.

  14. Greg Fitzgerald says:

    I have many nice memories of grampy and fondly remember the great love he had for his family. He will be missed.

  15. Patty Andersen says:

    Cathy & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss your in my thoughts & prayers at this time

  16. Jolene Giroux says:

    Grandma Cathy and families,

    So sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are sent your way.

    Jolene, Nikki, Ari, Eric, Adam

  17. Jerry and Carol Skilling says:

    Have we really known you since 1971?
    Paul has been such a good neighbor and friend for so long and Jerry really enjoyed sitting and talking with him in front of the house. We are so sorry for your immense loss. We have just learned so much more of what he was involved in after all these years. We know he has suffered a lot lately and know that he is well now and smiling in Heaven the way he does. Again we know it’s a huge loss to such a loving wife, Cathy, and such a large and extended family. God bless you all. Love, Jerry and Carol Skilling @ #9.

  18. Beverly & David Fuller says:

    Cathy & Family, we were so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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