Robert J. Burke

  • Born: February 6, 1924
  • Died: March 6, 2019
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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Robert J. Burke passed away at the Whidden Hospital in Everett on March 6, 2019. He was 95 years of age. Mr. Burke was born in Newton on February 6, 1924 to the late Edward P. & Anne (MacDonald) Burke. He was raised in Newton and graduated from Newton High School. Robert served his country with pride in the United States Navy during WWII. Robert and his late wife Agnes moved to Melrose in 1966 and he has been a resident ever since. Mr. Burke owned and operated the Burke Janitorial Supply Company for most of his life as well as working for Wakefield Laundry Service and at Whites Laundry for 30 years. Robert also worked as an usher at the Boston Garden for over 25 years and was well known by his nickname "RJ". He was an avid golfer, a longtime member of Mount Hood Golf Course in Melrose and also worked for many years as the starter at the golf course. He and his wife Agnes travelled all over the world and especially liked their trips to Ireland, Hawaii and Clearwater Beach in Florida. Mr. Burke was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church and Incarnation Church in Melrose; he had a wonderful sense of humor and was great with little kids. But he was most proud of being the father of nine children. Robert was the beloved husband of 65 years to the late Agnes J. (Perrault) Burke, Loving father of Michael Burke of FL, Cynthia MacDonald & Kevin of Falmouth, Daniel Burke & Susan of Malden, Timothy Burke & Paula of Peabody, Robert Burke & Eileen of Melrose and the late Thomas Burke, John Hector Burke, Kevin Burke and Mary DePalma. Cherished grandfather of Thomas, Kristen, Mikki, Katie, Alex, Jack, Shannon and the late Jacob. Caring great-grandfather of Tivoli, Ari, Emori, Amiti, Kellen, Miller, Sullivan, Crosby, Kenny & Caroline. Brother of Mary Brinn of OH, Evelyn Maguire of Norwell, Paul V. Burke of Norwood and the late Edward Burke, Walter Burke & Marjorie Young. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Sunday from 2:00-5:00PM. Funeral procession from the Gately Funeral Home Melrose on Monday, March 11th at 8:45 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Robert's name to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, Attn: Cheryl Poppes, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.


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Bo, Dan, Mike, Timmy, Cindy, and Marylou I'll always remember your dad as being a very nice man and neighbor. Sorry to hear about his passing. He liked to call me by my last name "hey madden" I wonder who he got that from.

Posted by stephen madden - Tewksbury, MA - Family Friend   March 23, 2019

Great guy was always kind to me growing up at Hockeytown and Mt Hood. Drove me and Hecter in the Step Van. Came to our games when I played with Bo. everyone loved him, and will never forget him.

Posted by Vincent DeBenedictis - Friend   March 13, 2019

Prayers of comfort and peace to Danny, Susan and the family. Your Dad lived a long life Danny and I know you have many fond memories. Blessings and much love

Posted by Francis Burnett - Winthrop, MA - friend   March 13, 2019

Many fond memories. Our condolences to the entire Burke family. Kelly and Bruce Maxwell

Posted by Kelly Maxwell - Holden, MA - Friend   March 11, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by MARK AND KELLY DONELAN - DANVERS, MA   March 11, 2019

Very sorry to hear of Mr. Burke's passing. We have very fond memories of Bob and Agnes from the Mt Hood neighborhood. Our condolences to his entire family.
The Bright Family

Posted by Janet Bright - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   March 10, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about this. We all loved Uncle Bob very much. Our thoughts are with the whole family.

Andrew Scheferman & Family

Posted by Andrew Scheferman - Merrick, NY - Family   March 10, 2019

We are all sorry for your loss.

Posted by Marty Gately - Malden, MA - Friend   March 10, 2019

What a beautiful story about your dad!
He lived a long and full life. May he Rest In Peace. See you Sunday. Love J & MJ

Posted by Mary-Jane & John Beach - Yarmouth Port, MA - Family   March 07, 2019



The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   March 07, 2019


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