It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we, the family of Michael Dennis Burke, announce his sudden passing on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Louisbourg.
Born on February 24, 1948, in Little Lorraine, Dennis was the son of Sylvester and Susan (Kennedy) Burke.
The oldest of eight children, Dennis is survived by his soulmate and loving wife of 54 years, Mary Sue (MacDonald) Burke. He was “Dad” to Travis (Wavey), Richard (Deanna), and Dwayne (Pam). He was “Poppy” to TJ (Jillian), Bryden (Kayla), Kelsey, Colton (Jackie), Andrew (Bryanna), Mitchell (Mary), Bailey (Ethan), Brea, and Gavin. He was “Great-Poppy Dennis” to Chase, Clara, Keadon, Wyatt, Caleb, Leah, and Lucas.
Dennis is also survived by siblings, Helen (Charlie), Joey (Linda), Billy (Denise), Terry (Donna), Maurice (Maureen), Anita (Michael), and Mary (Stan). Also survived by siblings-in-law, Jackie (Patsy), Lauchie (Irene), Rita (Fabian), Bert (Clarisse), Margie (Danny), Kenny (Laurie), and Debbie (Lawrence). He is also survived by daughter-in-law, Yvette Burke; sisters-in-law, Hellie, and Mary; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Dennis was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Daniel and Sadie (Ley) MacDonald and brothers-in-law, Walter and Clifford.
Dennis lived his whole life for his family. He loved nothing more than to spend time with and take care of the people he loved. He spent most of his life working in the fishing industry. The boys sure are going to miss his homemade bread, once lobster fishing season starts. He’ll be missed by all his friends in Louisbourg on his early morning drives. We know he’s gone but he won’t be far because he would’ve run out of gas.
Memorial service to celebrate the life of Dennis Burke will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Following the service there will be reception at the funeral home.
For those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.
Donations in memory of Dennis may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. Our deepest condolences to all the family. Sudden deaths are always the hardest. May you be granted strength in this difficult time.
From: Grant and Susan MacDonald
So very sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. Our deepest condolences to all his family .God bless .
From: Raymond & Rosie Lahey
Sorry to hear of Dennis passing. Condolences to the burke family.
From: Rod MacIntyre and Ramona
Mary, Travis, Richie, Dwayne, and Families: I was saddened to read of Dennis’s passing. We had a lot of laughs in the port. He will be missed by all. RIP🕊
From: Debbie & Mike Mahon
To the family of Dennis Burke
We are so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Dennis beloved husband father and grandfather
Our prayers are with you in this time of profound sadness
Ashley and Jane MacLeod
So sorry for your loss Mary and family.
So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers going to you all .
So sorry for your loss Mary , Sincere sympathy to all the family
So sorry hear of your loss. Thinking of you all.
So very sorry for your loss Mary and family🌹Rest in peace Dennis 🙏🏻
Condolences to his family and friends may he rest in piece
So heartbreaking Dennis was a kind sweet soul, it’s very evident how nice of a man he was just look at his sons and grandchildren !! God bless Mary, we are thinking of you all
We are sorry for your loss, Mary and your family.
Ron and Beverley
I’m so sorry for the entire family. Dennis was always a great man and a fantastic family man. Rest in Peace Dennis and shine down on your heartbroken loved one ❣️
I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to Mary and her family. May the love of your family comfort you and all your precious memories keep Dennis in your hearts. God Bless you all.
So sorry to hear of Dennis passing. Thoughts and prayers to you Mary and all the family.
So sorry for your loss thinking of you all.
Deepest Sympathy Mary and Family on your loss.
So sorry for the family’s loss
My heartfelt condolences Mary and family. I know he will be a great loss. May he RIP. Take care.
So incredibly sorry for Mary, the boys and the rest of his family. He truly was one of the sweetest souls I have ever met.
Thinking of you all
The Mahon family.
To the entire Burke family, we were so sad to hear of “Poppy’s” passing. Sincere. Condolences from Kenny & Tish. Sending you all love and strength to help you get thru this sudden and unexpected loss! xo
Our thoughts and prayers are with you hugs
So sorry for your Mary and family. Dennis was a great man and always sure to make you laugh…hugs to you all.
Joey and Family. Sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing . Our thoughts are with you.
Mary and family:
Sorry to hear of Dennis passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
So sorry to hear of Dennis passing going to miss seeing him coming up upper warren st when I’m going to work in the morning 🙏
Sending love and prayers to Mary and family.
So sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. He was a great guy!
Condolences to Mary & all his family!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary and your family at this difficult time; Dennis was a great person!
So sorry for your loss.Our thoughts are with you.
Very sorry to hear Dennis off Dennis passing he was such a great man we will miss him and so sorry we have not visited for awhile our lives are so short he is gone but not forgotten bless his family.
Dear Mary and Family…what a tremendous loss in your family….You are in my thoughts and prayers
Dennis was one of the kindness & the sweetest man ever & will definitely be missed. Thinking of Mary & family during this sad time. ❤️
Our most sincere condolences to all family and friends of Dennis
Rest In Peace, dear friend and neighbor.deepest thoughts are with the family. True Lorrainer. Thanks for all the good memories. Never be forgotten, my dear friend 😊🙌😿👍👍
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the sad time! May he RIP! Judy and Roger
My condolences to Mary and Dennis family’s thinking of you all at this difficult time. Dennis was a kind soul man.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Blessings and prayers to all of his family and friends. Take good care of each other.
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
So very sorry for the great loss to his wife Mary and the family
So sorry Mary and family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Will miss seeing and talking to him down on the government whar.A new star shines in the Heaven to watch over all ogpf you.RIP Dennis.🙏🙏🙏🙏✝️✝️✝️✝️From Andrew and Gladys Barter
Remembering Dennis and sending his family and friends sincere condolences loss. Dennis, may you rest in peace.
condolences to Mary and all off the burke family sorry for your loss going to miss Dennis always stopped and had a yarn when he drove up around the loop
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss Mary thoughs and prayers are with you and all the family