This site is dedicated
to the memory of
PATRICK BARNABY 'SONNY' BURKE
Dec 4, 1948 - Sept 23, 2004
|In each family there is one who
seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make
them live again, to tell the family story. For Patrick 'Sonny' Burke,
doing the genealogy of each and every family that originated in
L’Ardoise, Nova Scotia, was both a battle and an adventure. His
work was not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into
all who have gone before. In his own words...
In doing so, Patrick has left all of us a
road map to our past. All tribes have a story teller and he is one of
best. His work brought us pride in what our ancestors were able to
accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. His research gave
us respect for their hardships and losses, for their determination, and
for their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their families.
Patrick Barnaby (Sonny) Burke passed away peacefully at home in Lynden, Ont., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, in his 56th year, surrounded by his family and friends, after a long, courageous battle with ALS. Born Dec. 4, 1948 in New Waterford, C.B. The eldest and much loved son of Patrick (Sonny Sr.) and Gloria (Currie) Burke
Besides his parents, he is survived by his much loved wife of 36 years, Marilyn (Sampson). Loving father of sons, Michael Todd and his wife Sarah and Danny; and daughter Jennifer and her husband Bruce Milmine. Proud and loving papa of Madison, Lorela, and Lyndsay Burke and Grace Milmine. Also survived by loving brothers, Ronnie (Mary Anne) and Edward (Darlene), and loving sisters, Genevieve (Dan Devison) and Louella (Joe White) and predeceased by sister Carrolyn (1966).
He will be sadly missed by his mother-in-law, Frances Joseph and father-in-law, Eugene and Doris Sampson; brothers-in-law, Frankie Sampson (Mary), Jerry Sampson (Valarie) and Donald Sampson; sisters-in-law Sylvia Jackson (Wally) and Donna Drover (Tom). He will be sadly missed by several aunts, uncles and especially, Auntie Adrienne and Uncle Bruno who will miss their Saturday visits; nieces, nephews, cousins; and will also be missed by all his friends, especially Alex Brown and Sid Donison for their Wednesday visits which Sonny so much enjoyed. Also will be missed by Glen Crease who was Sonny's right-hand man, friend and nurse of 10 years.
Sonny was an employee of Dofasco for 31 years. He was past president and zone chairman of the Lynden Lions Club which he loved dearly. Sonny was also a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. Also a member of the Lynden Legion Branch 500.
Thanks to Dr. D. Picketts and a very special thank you to Dr. Clive Davies for helping Sonny live to see his children wed and see his grandchildren. Thank you to all his nurses, CCAC and Bayshore. Special thanks to caregiver Cathy Freeborn.
Friends may call at the Marlatt Funeral Home, 195 King St. West, Dundas, Ont., (905- 627-7452), Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers in the funeral home Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Service to be held Monday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church, 58 Sydenham St., Dundas. Interment at Mount Zion Cemetery, Copetown. In lien of flowers, donations to the ALS Society of St. Joseph's Villa, Dundas, will be appreciated by the family.
Your love for life, family and friends will never be forgotten.
2010 - I received an email from Mike Burke, son of Patrick 'Sonny'
Burke. He sent along information at on May 29 2007, he and his wife
Sarah, had twin boys. Their names are Robert John & Patrick
Barnaby (Sonny) Burke.