elevated kfqXB May 7, 1925 – March 28, 2022
elevated kfqXB Visitation
Monday, April 4, 2022 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM
elevated kfqXB Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6
elevated kfqXB Funeral Mass
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM
elevated kfqXB Chapel of St. Joseph – Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
elevated kfqXB 211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6
elevated kfqXB Interment
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
elevated kfqXB Obituary
(Patrick) Earl Burke 96, of Toronto passed away peacefully at Markham Stouffville Hospital on March 28, 2022. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1925.
elevated kfqXB He is survived by his kind and loving wife, Geraldine O’Meara, sons Patrick (Pam Baker), David (Valerie Ruddock) and Stephen, grandchildren Sarah, Kathleen, Patrick (Hana Gunn), Jane (Chris Fletcher), Julia (Mark Greenberg), Carolyn, and Jacqueline, and great grandchildren Clara and Alexandra Greenberg.
elevated kfqXB He is also survived by sisters Mary Lucas and Betty-Ann Burke, and brother Robie (Lucy).
elevated kfqXB Earl earned a degree in electrical engineering from Nova Scotia Technical College in Halifax. He then headed to Ontario and worked for General Electric in Toronto.
elevated kfqXB Earl became a faculty member of the Electrical Engineering Department (Power Group) at the University of Toronto, starting as a lecturer while completing an M.A.Sc., eventually achieving full professorship. He was a well-liked lecturer, and served as Chair of First Year Studies for the School of Applied Science and Engineering for a number of years.
elevated kfqXB Upon retirement from the university, he continued working, consulting for nearly 25 years for Trench Electric (power reactors) in the GTA, where he had a number of patents.
elevated kfqXB He became an avid gardener, travelled widely with Gerry, and served for 25 years as a volunteer in the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital.
elevated kfqXB Earl was preceded in death by parents Pacific and Elizabeth, his first wife, Anne Adele Stortz, and siblings Viola, Jim, Bill, Doug, Joe, Marion, Pacific, Don and Allen.
elevated kfqXB Earl touched a lot of people. He will be sorely missed.
elevated kfqXB In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to UNICEF would be appreciated, if you so desire.
elevated kfqXB For those who wish to view this service, please click the link below. Online viewers, please be advised that the link will only go live 10 minutes prior to the service time.