Henry "Hank" P. Burke

Passed away on September 15, 2015
Henry Park Burke passed away peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on September 15, 2015. His was a life well-lived, full of travel, love, and laughter. Hank (Park to his lifelong childhood friends) was born August 6, 1947 in Quincy, MA. He was the eldest son of Muriel (Chandler) and Henry (Harry) Burke Jr. He graduated from North Quincy High School in 1965 and soon afterwards joined the US Navy, where he served from 1965-1970 aboard the USS Chicago and the USS Enterprise. In 1969, he married the love of his life, Denise Eva (Matte). From 1970-1986 he served in the US Army, retiring as a First Sergeant. Hank enjoyed traveling the world while assigned to posts in Asia, Turkey, Germany, and throughout the United States. He received multiple awards and commendations for his military service, including the Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), the Vietnam Service Medal (with 2 service stars), the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; the Army Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. After he retired from the military, Hank earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Geography from Bridgewater State College. He then worked as a VA counselor for Nam Vets and later as a probation officer for the Taunton and Barnstable District Courts. Masonry was an important part of Hank's life. He was a member in good standing and Past Master of Pilgrim Lodge AF & AM, Past Master of Nauset Light Lodge AF & AM, Past District Deputy of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and a member of the Cape Cod Shrine Club and the Scottish Rite Valley of Southeastern Massachusetts.Family was paramount to Hank. He loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and daughters, telling a good story, going on Volksmarches and taking camping trips in Garmisch (Germany), sitting on the back deck in Eastham with a "Hankarita", or laughing over a game of UNO. He took every opportunity to spend time with his loved ones. If he had a dog with him, it was even better. Hank joyfully welcomed two sons-in-law into his family. He cherished time spent with his three grandchildren, eating Arnold's ice cream and telling tall tales with his grandsons, relishing in his beautiful granddaughter's baby belly laugh, and teaching countless nieces and nephews the fine art of a good squirt gun fight. He is survived by his wife of nearly 46 years, Denise, daughter Catherine Smart and her husband COL Noel Smart, daughter Cristin McKinney and her husband David McKinney, and his grandchildren Ryan Smart, Campbell Smart, and Adelaide McKinney. Hank is preceded in death by his parents, Muriel and Harry, his grandparents Ethel and Raymond Chandler, and his brothers Mitchell and Phillip Burke.Calling hours will be Monday, September 21th at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldridge Parkway, Orleans MA from 5-8 pm. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Eastham Methodist Church, 3200 State Highway, Eastham, MA, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Hank's name to Shriner's Hospital, 2900 North Rocky Point Dr. FL 33607.For online condolences please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com