Martin Burke

Martin Thomas "Marty" Burke

Friday, September 11th, 1959 - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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Martin Thomas Burke, 59, was born on an Army Base in Tokyo, Japan to Bertha and John Burke on September 11, 1959, He passed away on Thursday May 8th. Marty lived in New York as a baby, but moved to Richmond, Virginia when he was three and while he spent time in Washington State, California, Florida, the Caribbean and Chicago, the Northern Neck was where he felt most at home.

Marty enjoyed working on charter boats from Florida to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. He partnered with his Mom in running Burke’s White Stone Inn and lifted the spirits of many at the Calypso Café in Richmond. Perhaps, his favorite employment was working as a camp counselor with his sister, Dottie, at a Catholic Camp for kids in California.

Everyone who knew Marty, Knew Marty! He loved everyone and would do anything for anyone, therefore, was loved by everyone!

He was married to Elizabeth Schocklin Burke and they lived in Richmond for many years. Their lives and careers took different directions, as she moved to Chicago and Marty returned to the Northern Neck. While living in White Stone, he met Towsey Yount, who loved and cared for him over the past several years.

He is survived by his siblings, Peter G. Burke (Nancy), William J. Burke (Kim), Francis A. Burke (Carol), Catherine B. Withers, Dorothy B. Clark (Ernie), his nieces, Sarah, Erin, Leslie, Colleen and Kelly and nephews, Joseph, James, Chris, Mark, Ross and Austin, who all loved him very much. He was predeceased by his father, John J. Burke, Sr. mother, Bertha A. Burke and brother, John J. Burke, Jr.

A service for Marty will be held on Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, Virginia.

The family asks that memorial donations in Marty’s name be given to White Stone Volunteer Fire Department, 578 Chesapeake Dr, P. O. Box 272, White Stone, VA 22578 or Kilmarnock-Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad, 61 Harris Rd,P. O. Box 333, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
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    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 2:00pm
    Grace Episcopal Church
    303 South Main Street
    Kilmarnock, VA 22482
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    Rev. John Thomas
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Jennifer Edwards Brazukas

Posted at 12:08pm
I was so very sad to hear of Marty's passing. He was always a good friend to me, allowing me to come to Burke's underage but sweetly asking me not to return in my cheerleading uniform! I'd love to have one more delicious and toxic Rum Runner from Calypso and one more dance with sweet Marty... I'm sure he's cutting the rug in heaven! He will always hold a special place in my heart. My deepest sympathies to all of the Burke family.

Bob and Jackie Harmon

Posted at 11:25am
We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Our prayers to you Pete and Nancy and the rest of the Burke family! May God bring you comfort!

Robin Buda

Posted at 11:02pm
Sweet, sweet Marty. It has been years since I saw your precious face, and felt your warm heart felt hug. You were q true friend to so many. You touched so many souls here on earth, and your sear in Heaven will be a great one. Cheers my friend, and Godspeed

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Posted at 08:29am
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Michael Dunaway

Posted at 12:55pm
Man,I remember working on your Toyota cruiser and four wheeling with you in my jeep. man,we were a mess. rest easy Marty.Michael s.Dunaway.

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