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BURKE – Philip

December 2, 1921 – May 19, 2010

Philip Patrick Burke, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the age of 88 years.

Phil was born December 2, 1921 on the farm, near Acadia Valley, Alberta and lived there until he moved to Calgary to complete high school. Phil proudly served in the Canadian Army and later in the Navy. He went overseas as a signalman on the destroyer HMCS Gatineau and served on it until the end of the war. He married Gale Thygesen from Oyen, Alberta on October 14, 1949. He then began a lifelong career as a trainman for CP Rail. During his time at the CPR he rose in the union ranks from local Chairman to Vice-President Western Canada, United Transportation Union, in which he retired at age 65. He had a passion for farming that led him to purchase land near Calgary, where he spent his spare time raising crops and horses. He loved to read, and always enjoyed a thorough perusal of the daily newspaper. He had a great sense of humour, told many a good joke, and possessed a million dollar smile.

Phil will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his beloved wife Gale Burke; daughter and son-in-law, Cara and Jerry Snider; son-in-law, Gus Johnson, son and daughter-in-law, Robin and Peggy Burke; and son and daughter-in-law, Phillip (Curt) and Robin Burke; and grandchildren, Brenn Snider, Gustin Johnson (Lisa Blas), Kristina Nutter (Russ Nutter), Erin Burke, Sean Burke, Colin Burke, Lorne Burke, Diana Burke, Randall Burke (Jen Samin), David Burke, and Adela Burke, and great-grandchild, Ashleigh Nutter. Phil was predeceased by his daughter, Donna Johnson in 2008 and his son, Patrick Kim Burke, in infancy.

Prayers and tributes will be held at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through

Donations may be made in Phil’s memory to the Donna Johnson Memorial Fund in support of CLERC (Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre) with a check payable to CLERC (1010-14th Avenue SW, Calgary AB, T2R 0P1).

In living memory of Phil Burke a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Lou Schillaci :

    I was saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. He was truly a leader among men, a real gentleman at all times and a friend. My condolences go out to his entire family, but I know they have comfort in the knowledge that Phil earned his place in heaven.

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  2. Ione, John, Brody and Dana Olesen :

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Uncle Phil. Uncle Phil was always such fun to be around. May Uncle Phil rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  3. George Hucker :

    I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Phil. My condolences go out to Phil’s family. Phil was one of a kind who truly cared for his fellow man and as a union officer showed that every day.

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  4. Doreen Clovechok :

    Dear Burke Family,
    Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Phil. May you find strength and support within your family and in the memories that you share. We are thinking of you…The Clovechok Family

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  5. Darrel Sundholm :

    I offer heartfelt condolences from the Officers, Brothers and Sisters of Division 355 Teamsters Canada Rail Conferance (TCRC).

    Darrel Sundholm
    Division 355

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  6. robert colosimo :

    To the Burke family:

    It was with much sadness that I read of the passing of your father. As you probably know, Phil and I, although sitting on opposite sides, had much rapport and respect for each other. Aside from Union business we had much in common. Phil really loved his children, spoke of them often, and was very proud of you all. I tried keeping in touch with him thru the years and did a better job of it except for the last two years. However, I often thought of him and the laughs we had together. I was fortunate enough to visit with him in Calgary in August 2004.

    You will miss him I’m sure as will so many others who he did so much for. You were fortunate to have had him for so many years. As you look back you will find comfort remembering all the good times you had with him.

    My wife joins me in extending our deepest sympathy.

    Bob Colosimo

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  7. Bertha Baron-Blanchard (nee Lee) :

    Dear Gail:
    I just saw the obit of your husbands passing. 60 years is a long time to share a life with a loved one and very sad to lose that closeness.
    I would dearly love to talk with you.
    Bertha Baron-Blanchard
    nee Lee

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