Happy Birthday Dad!

19 Apr

It’s been just over three months since my dad passed away. Today is his birthday. Yesterday was my birthday and my brother birthday was Monday.

Yup we were born April 16, 18 and 19. And my Papa’s (grandpa) birthday is April 23rd.

So in honor of my dad, below are some pictures of him and his amazing life! I also included his obituary so you can understand the kind of person he was.

Age 66, a long time resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012. He is survived by his son Nick Burke, daughter Josephina Montoya and son-in-law Shane Montoya, all of Albuquerque, NM; his sister Barbara Franklin of Albuquerque NM; his brother Dan Burke of Phoenix AZ; as well as nieces, nephews and many close friends. Mr. Burke was preceded in death by his father Dale Burke and mother Martha Burke. Hank was born in Coffeville, Kansas. He was a graduate of Regina Coeli Catholic School, Saint Pius X High School, and Eastern New Mexico University. Hank proudly served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard and was a Vietnam Veteran. He started his career as an elementary school teacher and later became an engineer for Motorola. He retired in 2002 to take care of his father. Hank was a loving father and sibling as well as a dedicated and loyal friend. He traveled the world thoroughly, visiting six continents. Among other things Hank was a skilled poker player, avid reader, passionate Dallas Cowboys fan, talented story teller and consummate practical joker. There will be a Rosary recited Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm and a memorial will be given on Friday, January 20, at 11:00 am with a reception to follow. All services will be held at the French Mortuary on 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.

Hank Burke - Coast Guard

Hank Burke - Coast Guard

The Burkes

The Burkes

1976

1976

Dad, Nick and Me on our porch in Jemez

Dad, Nick and Me on our porch in Jemez

Dad, Nick, Me  at Disneyland

Dad, Nick, Me at Disneyland

At Wailing Wall Jerusalem- 2000

At Wailing Wall Jerusalem- 2000

Winning Big at Sandia Casino

Winning Big at Sandia Casino

At my wedding - October 3, 2009

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3 Responses to “Happy Birthday Dad!”

  1. suburban eye feast April 19, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Happy birthday to him. He sounds like a great guy and judging by the last picture looks to be funny! I just had my mom’s 12 year anniversary. I can totally relate!

  2. Arantha April 19, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Great post! Your dad would have loved the tribute. How special that all of you share such close birthdays. Love you!

  3. Joe Cardillo April 19, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Happy bday to you and to your dad Josa, you have a great spirit and soul and it’s obvious some of that came from him.

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