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55 Charing Cross Street
Brantford, ON N3R 2H4
Phone: 519-753-8655
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Robert Burke

Robert Joseph Burke

Friday, September 29th, 1922 - Monday, January 11th, 2021
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Heaven welcomed another angel as Robert Joseph Burke (forever known as our beloved “Daddy Bob”) peacefully passed away on Monday January 11, 2021 in his 99th year at Brantford General Hospital after a brief illness. Cherished husband of Ruth Burke and their children Micki (Claus Thomsen), Michael, Mary Anne (Wayne Dimaline) and Betty Lou (Chris Peck). Adored grandfather to Mackenzie (and grandpets Mooky, Jynx and Domino). He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and family both in Ontario and in Nova Scotia.

Born in Cannes, Cape Breton Nova Scotia on Sept 29, 1922 to Simon and Laura Burke and was the last of his 6 siblings (Mae, Gerald, Howard, George, Helen and Clarence). Bob proudly served his country in WWII (1 st Canadian Parachute Battalion) and then went on to marry the love of his life (his “Kitten”) Ruth on July 16, 1955. Together they built a wonderful life and raised their family in Brantford. Bob retired in 1987 after 35 years of service with Hussmann’s Store Equipment, and was a life member of the Brant Artillery Gunners Club where he and Mom shared many happy memories with their friends.

His gentle soul and warm smile touched the hearts of everyone he met. His greatest joy was having time with his family, telling funny stories of days gone by, watching his beloved Blue Jays in the summer and his Pittsburgh Penguins in the winter. Dad loved a good game of cards and enjoyed outings with Mom to the casino. We are so blessed, proud and privileged to have had such a wonderful husband, father and grandfather for all these years.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make it possible for our parents to remain in their home all these years. Our neighbours (especially Mr. and Mrs. “T”, Bob “next door”, Dennis and Marilyn), Brenda, the wonderful PSW’s from Bayshore that came each day, and the staff at BGH (both 6th floor and Palliative care).

At Bob’s request there will be no service; cremation has taken place (services entrusted to Dennis Toll Funeral Home). In lieu of flowers the family invites those to donate to the charities that were dear to him; Brant County SPCA, Canadian Cancer Society and the Gunners Club. Once COVID 19 restrictions have lifted, a Celebration of Life will be held where we can share all his great stories and raise a glass to toast a life well lived.
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Greg Hughes

Posted at 09:11pm
Ruth and family I am sorry to hear the loss of Daddy Bob. Satin had recently informed me. My fondest memories of Bob was coming over to watch the Jays play at Ruth and Bob's home. I always called Bob "Cito", former Jays manager in their World Series back to back Championship. If Bob was ever to be reincarnated he would definitely be a Major Baseball League Manager.
Rest in Peace Bob 🙏

Stan Slawek

Posted at 12:21pm
Mister B was the quintessential unassuming gentle mannered man with his "down east” easy simple charm, always genuinely greeting and engaging anyone whether he knew them for years or had just met them.

A bonafide simple hero from the greatest generation, who dutifully fought for his country in WW2, met the love of his life, who together raised a fine family despite the many economic challenges that post war times presented to large working class families.

I am very thankful and proud to have known Mister B…… in peace knowing you served very well and favorably impacted many souls.

Mike Burke

Posted at 09:50pm
To my father, aka Double B, you were a true role model. You taught me how to treat others with respect, and keep a sense of humor. From his whistling Christmas tunes in July to telling people they are looking good when he would answer the phone, he kept a positive attitude with a sense of humor.

He was a World War 2 veteran that fought for the rights we enjoy today. He never wanted recognition for anything he did, as he was one of the most humblest person you could meet. Visitors were welcomed in their house at any time with a beverage offer at the ready. As a lifetime member of the Gunners Club, I had the pleasure of joining him there on several occasions for a few Saturday afternoon beers. He took me to Brantford Forresters Junior Hockey games, as well as the Brantford Warriors lacrosse game.

He is a hero that I was proud to call my father, and I'll look forward to having a beer with him again one day.

Mick Thomsen

Posted at 07:23pm
My wonderful Daddy Bob - thank you for all that you gave me - the things you taught me and showed by the way you lived your life - your compassion, humour, kindness and strength. When we watched the playoffs and it was time to start snapping noses. We will do it again some day. I'll pour you a cold beer and me a glass of white wine, Bucko, and we'll have one of our cribbage tournaments where the winner gloats and crows and the loser laughs along! Signing off as always - we love you and miss you and "I can't take it any more!" Love, the Mick and Claus (the old guy is having a beer for you).

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