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John Alfred Burke died on March 8, 2022. John was born in Schroon Lake, in 1932, to Francis and Harriett (Bombard) Burke.

John (known as Jack to his family) spent his formative years in AuSable Forks, Jay and Saranac Lake, involved in the local Boy Scout troop and working at Kelly’s grocery store. He left the area to attend the State University of New York at Albany, but enlisted in the Navy after the outbreak of the Korean War. While in the Navy, he spent a year training as a radar expert and five years on LST 1164 sailing the US East Coast, Caribbean and South Pacific. . After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he attended the University of Washington and earned a BS in physics. He was hired by Hughes Aircraft Company and spent over 30 years designing and installing the radar systems that kept the Western world safe after World War II.

It was at UW that he met his future wife, Joan, during a retreat at Paradise on Mt. Rainier. They married after a whirlwind romance and lived briefly in Santa Monica and El Paso before spending five years in Germany and Italy. They eventually settled in Anaheim, California. They were members of St. Anthony Claret and St. Boniface parishes.

John was a Scout Master for Troops 123 and 73 and served as a Council Commissioner for nearly 40 years. He has received numerous awards from the Scout organization, including the Silver Beaver award.

After retiring from Hughes in 1988, he became a stockbroker and real estate broker opening A+ Burke Realty with his wife, Joan. He also became a certified travel agent specializing in the cruise industry. While he had traveled extensively throughout his life and suffered from motion sickness, he loved cruises and visited all seven continents and major rivers of the world with Joan before her death in 2013. In addition, he served on the Republican Central Committee with his wife and together they worked for pro-life causes.

John was a versatile outdoorsman, exceptional cook, excellent bowler, golfer, painter and storyteller. He had a love for cars (which included owning a 1962 Maserati), jazz, and classical music. He was a patron of museums and the opera and a connoisseur of wine and food. He came from a family of teachers and also shared his many interests with his family and the scouts teaching them so much about life – from crushing glass to make a telescope mirror to changing a car tire in going through the cooking of an elaborate Baked Alaska.

John is survived by: his children, Tom of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ann (Jay) of Kirkland, Washington, Michael (Svetlana) of Redmond, Washington, Brian (Katie) of Burien, Washington, and Laura (Michael) from Ireland; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his brother Joseph (Mo) of Arizona and his sister Beverly Poole of New Hampshire; his half-sister Sandra Gauthier of South Carolina; and many nieces, nephews and cousins ​​located across the United States. He was closely followed in death by his brother Edward (Liz) of Arizona and was predeceased by his wife Joan and half-sister Connie Fischer of Ohio.

A wake for John will be held Monday, April 18 from 4-7 p.m. with a rosary at the Hilgenfeld Mortuary in Anaheim. His funeral will be held at St. Boniface Church in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. A funeral service will be held at Riverside National Cemetery.

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