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.