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Robert J. Burke
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    91 Crest Ave.
    Attn. Cheryl Poppes
    Chelsea, MA 02150

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“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....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Vincent DeBenedictis - Friend

“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...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Francis Burnett - Winthrop, MA

“Many fond memories. Our condolences to the entire Burke family. Kelly and Bruce Maxwell ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Kelly Maxwell - Holden, MA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: MARK AND KELLY DONELAN - DANVERS, MA

“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...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Janet Bright - Melrose, MA

“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 ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Andrew Scheferman - Merrick, NY

“We are all sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Marty Gately - Malden, MA

“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 ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Mary-Jane & John Beach - MA

“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....Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


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 ... READ MORE →