Blackstone - Stephen C. Burke, 75, died Friday, April 28, 2023 at Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford. He was the beloved husband of Susan J. (King) Burke. Mr. & Mrs. Burke had been married for fifty-five years.
Born in Hillsdale, Michigan, a son of the late Lloyd and Marguerite (Warren) Burke, he had lived in Blackstone for 12 years.
Mr. Burke was a teacher for thirty-two years, teaching at North Smithfield High School, North Cumberland Middle School, Woonsocket Junior High School, Woonsocket Vocational Technical School, and Woonsocket High School. While at Woonsocket Junior High School he was awarded Teacher of the Year. After his retirement from teaching, he worked as a data processor for Audit Analytics.
He was a former member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, serving as a member of the vestry.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Melissa Barton and her husband John, of Blackstone, and Eleanor Burke-Baxter and her husband Larry, of Lincoln; two sisters, Carol Esterline of Hillsdale, MI, and Cathy Rice of Uniontown, PA; five brothers, Ronald Burke of Toledo, OH, Douglas Burke of Hillsdale, MI, David Burke of Hillsdale, MI, Thomas Burke of Reading, MI, and Timothy Burke of The Woodlands, TX; one granddaughter, Tara Abigail; two step grandchildren, Kevin and Kaitlyn; and two great grandchildren, Bella and Aylakai. He was the father of the late Emily and Frederick Burke; and the brother of the late Robert Burke.
His funeral will be held Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call prior to the service from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the Stephen C. Burke Memorial Scholarship c/o Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, 10 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895 or plant a tree in his memory, would be appreciated. For directions and guest book, please visit www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com.
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