Brian Burke, known to many as the most gentle of gentlemen and such fun, passed away peacefully with his wife Jeri by his side on October 2, 2011 at the age of 80 years.
Born in Fulwood, Preston, England, Brian immigrated to Canada in his early 20’s and settled in Calgary. He worked for the Provincial Government where he became the Manager of the Jubilee Auditorium. Committed to his community, he participated in many volunteer roles including the Calgary Stampede Board.
He moved to Qualicum Beach, BC in 1997 and enjoyed a full life of friendships, activities and travel in his retirement.
Brian is survived by his wife Geraldine (Jeri); his children Fiona and Phaedra (Marilyn); his stepchildren Lisa and Paul (Karen); his brother William (Margaret) in England and his family; his grandchildren Jeffrey, Sarah, Hailie and Ryan; extended family in Preston; the Madsen family; and many friends.
We would like to thank Stanford Place for their compassionate care, which was, as Brian would say was “outstanding”, and Dr. Jennifer Cortez in Comox who was wonderful in both care for Brian and support for Jeri.
We will miss his sense of humour, good nature, and passion for Manchester United .
A memorial service for Brian was held
Friday October 14th
at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Qualicum Beach.
If you wish memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation, in honour of Brian Burke – www.childrenswish.ca or 1-800-267-9474.