William T. Burke, age 88

of Braintree

William T. Burke, age 88

William T. Burke, age 88, of Braintree, died peacefully, Friday, April 16, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Boston, to the late Martin and Cathleen (Greene) Burke, he was raised and educated in Dorchester. He had lived in Braintree for fifty years.

Bill was employed as a mechanic with the former Boston Edison Company for thirty years.

He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal 1st Award. He was a member of the Braintree American Legion Post #86.

He was an avid Boston College supporter and Boston Red Sox fan. Bill also enjoyed gardening, fishing, and as a tinkerer, loved working in his shop.

Beloved husband for sixty-one years of Rita M. (McNally) Burke.

Devoted father of William M. Burke and his wife Jill of North Weymouth, John M. Burke, Braintree Fire Department of Braintree, and Dennis P. Burke and his wife Lisa Fisher-Burke of Weymouth.

Loving grandfather of Meghan Reilly and her husband Thomas, Cameron Burke, Kelly Fisher, Peter, and Benjamin Burke.

One of five siblings, he was the dear brother of Margaret Crawford of Norwood and was predeceased by Kathleen, John, and Helen Burke. Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Funeral Services at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, will be conducted privately. Those who would like to attend Graveside Services, with military honors, at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, are invited to gather in the funeral home’s parking area on Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m. for procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Braintree American Legion Post #86, Attn: Adjutant, 435 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184.

The Burke family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Kathleen Kennedy for the compassion and care provided to Bill these past several months.


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  • Jake and Family:

    i am sorry to hear about your dads passing. We had many fun times growing up on Amherst Rd and swimming in your pool.

    Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jim Kelley

  • Jake: Very sorry for your loss,I have many childhood memories of your dad I will never forget.


  • I enjoyed fishing with my Uncle Bill growing up. We fished for flounder. Everything was fun until we had to clean to fish! Great times. Wishing the Burke family peace and comfort during this difficult time.