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Thomas Burke

Thomas P. Burke

Monday, December 12th, 1932 - Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
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Thomas Patrick Burke, 87, died on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Marion (Nolan) Burke. Tom was born at home in Elmhurst, New York on December 12, 1932. He was the fifth of seven children born to James and Mary (Ruane) Burke. Tom graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst and enlisted in the Air Force. After returning from South Korea, Tom met Marion Nolan and said it was love at first sight. They married in June of 1957 in New York City and then moved to Connecticut where he began his career at The Torrington Company. He went on to have a 50-year career in the textile machinery industry.

They had five daughters. After the birth of their fifth girl, the doctor said, “Tom, you’re a lucky man, you have five of a kind.” Tom attended Hunter College and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. He remained a New Yorker to the core, although he and Marion made a life in Torrington, CT, Garden City, NY, and Litchfield, CT. Tom was passionate about life: he was a sports fanatic, an excellent bridge player, and an avid tennis player. He was a master conversationalist, and a voracious reader who had an infectious curiosity about people. Tom was a celebrity to his five girls, and his sense of humor was meant for the stage. Tom leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years Marion (Nolan) Burke, his daughters Karen Burke (husband John Pasinosky) of Monterey, California; Eileen (Burke) Hirsch (husband Dr. Barry Hirsch) of Northampton Massachusetts, Doreen Burke of Ashland, Massachusetts; Marybeth Burke (husband Dr. Sam Lambroza J.D.) of Martha’s Vineyard, and Alicia Burke (husband Dan Vlossak) of Natick, Massachusetts. Tom loved his grandchildren: Glenna and James Pasinosky; Dr. Thomas Hirsch, Jared and Aidan Hirsch; Ben and Alexandra Mesnick; Nolan, Joe and Kate Lambroza; and Charlie and Anna Vlossak.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Keystone Place at Newbury Brook for their wonderful care and kindness to Tom.

Services and burial at St. Anthony Cemetery in Litchfield will be held privately. A Mass to celebrate Tom will be held at a future date to be announced. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Paula S.Kasenetz

Posted at 02:52pm
To Karen and the entire Burke family. I’m sending my deepest sympathy. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Paula S. Kasenetz ( Gavalis).
 
KB

Karen Burke Posted at 06:22pm

Thank you so much Paula!
AN

Alberta nelson

Posted at 01:17pm
6/17/20
Tom was my "boss" many years ago at the Torrington Company.. This was around 1977 - a whole life time ago. We all worked in Needle Sales on fField Street. Of all the men I worked for, he was the one I enjoyed working with the most.; He always had a "Good Morning" hello for everyone and was truly a gentleman. So sorry for your loss. Alberta Volpe Nelson - former secretary.
KM

Kevin Mccaffrey

Posted at 12:54pm
My name is Kevin McCaffrey, son of John J. McCaffrey. Mr. Burke and my father worked together at the Torrington Co. I know my father valued Mr. Burke as a colleague and a friend. I remember Mr. Burke as a very engaging man who was always interested in what a young boy like me had to say whenever I saw him. I know both my parents enjoyed the times they spent socially with Tom and Marion. And those bushy eyebrows! My condolences to all. Rest in Peace Tom.

Cynthia Drennan

Posted at 09:35am
To Karen and the entire Burke family, we would like to offer our condolences on the passing of you Dad. Our prayers are with you and your family. Cynthia, Ed, Ellen and Lily Drennan
MR

Michael Ryder

Posted at 11:08am
My sincerest condolences to the entire Burke family and I hope all is as well as can be expected during this most difficult of times. I knew and played tennis with Tom at the GC Casino and he was a great guy and a true gentleman. May he rest in peace. Mike Ryder Garden City, NY
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