Patrick James Burke

patrick burke

October 15, 1929 ~ May 13, 2021

Patrick "Paddy" James Burke, 91, of St. James, North Carolina, passed away on May 13, 2021 in Toms River, New Jersey surrounded by his family.

Paddy was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland in 1929. He worked as a plumber for both Plumbers Local 24 and his own business with his sons for 40 years. He was a volunteer fireman for 25 years and a past chief with the Ridgefield Fire Department and a past president and member in the Bergen Irish Association for 55 years.

He enjoyed spending time in East Branch, New York with his family and friends, fishing, golfing, riding his tractor cutting grass and using the chain saw to cut trees.

Paddy is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary (nee: Keenan). His children Kathleen, Ellen and Bill, Mary and Joe, Anne, Patrick, John and Karen. His grandchildren whom he loved and was so proud of Colin, Elizabeth, Michael, Patrick, Holly, Christina, Morgan, Clare, Kerry and Kevin. He is also survived by nephews and nieces including: Jimmy and Paula, Mary and Kevin, Eileen, Mary Theresa, Patricia, Kevin and Kathy, Michael, Christine and Matt, Doreen and Vinny, John and Danny, Doreen and Mike, Jeannie and Bill, John and Mary, Nuala and Richard, Tom and Ann, Martin and Therese, Mary and Gerry. He was always asking about his numerous great nieces and nephews, too many here to list.

Memorial donations may be made to The American Kidney Fund or the American Heart Association.

Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday May 16, 2021 from 3-7 pm at the funeral home.

Funeral mass will be held at Saint Matthew RC Church on Prospect Avenue in Ridgefield, on Monday May 17, 2021 at 11am with Reverend Steven Connor officiating. Burial will be at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran's Cemetery.


Mass: May 17, 2021 11:00 am

St. Matthew┬┤s R C Church
555 Prospect Avenue
Rdigefield, NJ 07657

Visitation at Funeral Home: May 16, 2021 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

BG William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery
350 Province Line Road
Wrightstown, NJ 08562

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  1. Dear Mary, Larry and I were so very saddened to learn of Paddy's passing. It was comforting to know he was surrounded by his loved ones. May all the happy memories be of some comfort to you and the family.
    May God bless you at this time and in the days to come.
    Fondly, Carolyn & Larry

  2. We are sorry we could not attend Paddy's funeral. We will be attending Mass at our local church on Monday morning and we will say a prayer of thanksgiving for Paddys long life and wonderful family. We have many fond memories of Paddy and Mary going back to when we were newlyweds, 59 years ago. We pray that he will rest in peace.

  3. Dear Mary and family,

    Memories are so wonderful and too many to. Select just one. Will miss Paddy, but sure he and Charlie will be looking after the Burkes and Baji’s from above.
    Love to all the Burkes, Barbara Baji

  4. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of your Dad. I hope your many good memories will help give you strength during this most difficult time.
    I wish him much peace. Love to you all.
    Peggy McCaffrey Bonaccorsi and family

  5. Dear Mary and family
    We are saddened to hear of the passing of Paddy. He will be remembered as the gentle giant with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his lips. The guys had such fun on the golf course and remember your wonderful dinners for them. It is so wonderful that you were able to share 65 years of marriage and are blessed with such a large family.
    You will be in our thoughts and prayers
    Pat and Dan Tucker


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