Edward Shea Burke, 89, of Brielle, passed Dec. 14, 2019, in Ocean Medical Center surrounded by many family members. He was born Nov. 3, 1930, to Angela and Joseph Burke and grew up in Highland Park. He was the youngest of five children. Edward was a star athlete at Highland Park High School, excelling in football and track. He was recruited to the U.S. Military Academy by its football coach at the time, Vince Lombardi, but declined, instead enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married his high school sweetheart and returning from the service he apprenticed and became a sheet metal tradesmen, a career he continued until his retirement. Edward and Charlotte first lived in Highland Park, in 1962 they moved to Brielle. Edward and Charlotte lived there for the rest of his days, in a great old house where they raised their family.
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Edward served as a volunteer fireman in Highland Park and then in Brielle, making lifelong friends in those companies. He coached his sons’ Pop Warner football teams for many years and he could always be found in the stands watching when they played high school ball. Edward was a devout Catholic and he and Charlotte went to church every Sunday and holy day. He raised his children in the faith. With his children grown and many scattered across the country, he always took great joy when any returned with his beloved grandchildren, and later, great-grandchildren. A tradition grew when daughter Edwina began renting a beach house near the family home and family members gathered most every summer for what became known as Burke Beach Week. Most every night Edward and Charlotte would join the clan at the beach house and just enjoy the company of the several generations of Burkes around him. His family was his greatest joy.
Edward is survived by his wife Charlotte of almost 67 years, daughter Edwina [Gary] and sons Timothy [Lynn], Todd [Katie], Daniel [Mary], Sean [Margot], Wayne [Cheryl], Glenn [Pam], Toby [Laura] and Seamus [Ilisa], and 40 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was a loving and dedicated father, husband and grandfather.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 from 4 to 7 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ 08736. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 10:30 am at St. Denis Church, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan, NJ 08736. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.