|Birth: ||Sep. 6, 1910|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 2005|
BURKE, Albert E. - East Side, West Side, New York. September 6, 1910. Born to parents of English, Irish and German descent. His only remaining sibling, Henry Burke grieves for his "good little boy" brother who grew up with home made go-carts, and watched the sparks fly from horse hoofs hitting the cobblestones as the fire wagons raced through town. Al was the solo boy soprano with the choir of Grace Church Cathedral, and sang at weddings and funerals, unfortunately, un-recorded at that time. He attended Townsend School for Boys and CCNY. His family moved to Seattle and Al worked in the dental supply business. He attended the University of Washington. He never failed to mention becoming the Handball Champion of Seattle in 1935. While studying law, he saw Trova sitting in class. They were so smitten, all good judgment in terms of finishing law school was abandoned. They eloped to San Francisco in 1937 with the clothes on their back and mom carrying an iron, too hot to pack. Sixty two years of marriage followed. Dad leaves behind two daughters, Joanna and Paula, now orphaned. In 1956 we lived in Germany for two years, when Dad managed the George S. May Company. When we all started dreaming in German, it was time to come back to San Francisco. Al managed to live for 95 years keeping work to a minimum, and fun to a maximum. He and Mom loved cruises, parties and cocktails. Dad played the piano for years, with friends singing along. He was also a golfer, frequently leaving the house to "hit a few." A highly intelligent man, he was proud to put on his Mensa pin and go off to the opera; his main great love. In his life he met many famous people including Albert Einstein, Danny Kaye, Charles Atlas, Herb Caen, and once shared an elevator in Spain with Sophia Loren and Carey Grant. He once said to a woman in a pool "I'll race you to the end." After she won, she said, "I'm Esther Williams." After his first small stroke, he impressed the nurses by loudly singing the Lord's Prayer as he was wheeled down to x-ray. We packed a lot of quality time into his last four months, when he said it all to us through firm hand squeezing. He passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2005, ending our new gentle relationship. A very private father/daughter service was held, where I told him I was proud of him for dying and putting an end to those days in the nursing home. Now with Trova, they can dream together for eternity. Un roi, un foi, une loi.
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Record added: Dec 04, 2005
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A beatiful couple, Rest in Peace Albert.|
Added: Dec. 4, 2005