Jim is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 42 years, Patricia (Daley) Burke: his brothers, Jack Burke (Joie) and Tom Burke (Rosario); his sons, James Burke (Kathy) and Scott Burke (Eadaoin); and the loves of his life, grandchildren Eloisa, Aleisha, Liam, Kenneth and Brendan Burke. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Duane; his mother, Mary Margaret McNerney; and his 2-year-old sister, Mary Frances.
After serving as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, he started his career as a heavy-equipment mechanic. He moved his family to California and became a commercial-truck driver, driving for All American Racers for a short time. “Outstanding” Jim had many passions in life, which included driving, watching car races (NASCAR and Indy), boating, go-carting, cycling, reading, playing with the grandkids, serving Long Islands, bar-b-cueing and playing “words with friends.”
Jim will be greatly missed by his family, extended families and friends. On Friday, Sept. 23, there will be a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St. in Antioch. Internment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice, to Caring Bridge (www.caringbridge.org/jimburke) or to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.