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Gerard Francis Burke
February 16, 2024


Gerard Francis Burke, 83, of Canton, MA and formerly of Jamaica Plain, MA died peacefully at home on February 16, 2024 surrounded by his family.

Gerard, fondly known as “Gerry”, born to the late John P. Burke and Mary (Callahan) Burke, was the oldest of five children. He attended Jamaica Plain High School, Saint Francis College and Portia Law School. He was raised in Jamaica Plain and spent his youth working at the Refectory and Concession stands at Franklin Park along with his father and his siblings. This began his love of working with the public along with his love for Boston politics, history and Ireland. This propelled him toward many occupational adventures and his successful career at Doyle’s Café in Jamaica Plain. He worked there with his brothers and his son for many years. He was a proud Boston Irish guy regaling stories of the old days. He was a magnetic life force and enjoyed being with people.

Most of all he loved to be home with his family. We will miss his charm, wit, clever sayings and stories, but most of all we will miss his constant love and support.

Gerard is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann, of 55 years. He also leaves behind son Gerard Burke and his wife Carolyn of West Roxbury, and their children, Paul, Catherine, Gerard and Mary Ann; daughter Margaret Glynn and her husband Martin of Walpole; step-grandchildren Falan (Tracey) Glynn-Roulinavage and Kaylan (Matt) Rinehimer; step-great grandchildren, James, Savvy, Remy and Baker.

Gerard is survived by his siblings, Edward (Joni) Burke, Helen (William) Baird, William (Therese) Burke and Francis (Mick) Foret.

Visiting hours at the William J. Gormley Funeral Home, 2055 Centre Street, West Roxbury, on Thursday from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint John Chrysostom Parish, 4750 Washington Street, West Roxbury on Friday at 10 AM. Interment Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Gerard’s name to Old Colony Hospice and Palliative Care, 322 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379.

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West Roxbury, MA 02132