Dad B&W ca 2013
David Ronald Burke
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 10, 1937
  • Place of birth:
    Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 31, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Let the memory of David be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, David Burke, 76, born on September 10, 1937 and passed away on July 31, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Donna Garner on 12th September 2016

"We miss our brother very much. David was such a unique person, with almost a child-like love for all things simple and beautiful. His sense of humor was like unto none, and he knew how to love deeply."

This tribute was added by Ray Tuley on 12th September 2016

"I miss my pal !!!"

This tribute was added by Roger & Susan de Katona on 31st July 2016

"We can't believe it's been nearly a year since we joined Ann and Ros in helping to spread David's ashes on Sandia Peak.Hardly a day goes by without our thinking about him regarding something we see, read or hear. He is still sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Donna Garner on 11th September 2015

"As Ann has said, David would have been totally enthralled over the various accomplishments of his children, Henry's family, Harold's professional life, and our children and grandchildren. I can just imagine the daily phones calls we would have shared. We always ended them with David saying something that made me laugh. Sweet memories of my dear brother..."

This tribute was added by Ann Fillingham on 10th September 2015

"Dear Dad,

Today you would have been 78 years old. It's been just over a year since we lost you and I'm still so damn sad.  You missed a year that you would have loved: Logan and Emma starting college, being with us for Thanksgiving and in the parade or at least watching it as a VIP, and Patrick graduating college and being accepted to grad school.  

I am heading to Albuquerque this evening so that Roz and I can spread your ashes together at places in your beloved town that meant a lot to you and to us.  It is my sincerest hope that you left this world knowing how loved you were.

Missing you and loving you always,

This tribute was added by Donna Garner on 1st August 2015

"Roger and Susan, you were such wonderful friends to David. He often told me about the fun evenings that you spent together, enjoying common interests.  Yes, we do miss my dear brother.

So glad to hear about your granddaughter starting her freshman year at Barnard College this fall -- I know you are very proud of her."

This tribute was added by Roger & Susan de Katona on 31st July 2015

"Hardly a day goes by that we don't think of David. Seldom has anyone had such a nearly instantaneous and enjoyable impact on our lives.

He is still dearly missed.

Note to Ann. Our granddaughter starts her freshman year at Barnard College in September. Another small coincidence."

This tribute was added by Ray Tuley on 16th November 2014

"Writing this could not be harder, because not enough can be said, in any amount of time or space, to honor my best friend.

We met in high school, and became buddies for the next 60+ years! His intellect and sense of humor were beacons of light to me. Even after we took our separate ways out of Albuquerque, we kept in touch.

He did, finally, move to L.A.for a few years.  And I cherish the times we got together for our walks in the park (philosophical  discussions, which were many times interrupted when a pretty lady walked by).

I, especially, remember his kindness and his love for all living creatures. He once told me that he would never kill a bug, unless it was necessary.

We agreed, in our last phone conversation, that "Reality'' is a dream. I feel, now, that he is, indeed, on a journey of many, many happy dreams!"

This tribute was added by Ann Fillingham on 23rd October 2014

"There are so many things to appreciate about my dad.  Most significantly for me was his ability to give unconditional love and support to me and my family.  My dad listened patiently and attentively and helped me navigate through all the difficult times I’ve faced. My dad was always a safe place to go with the tough stuff and I so appreciated that I could tell him anything and trust that he would not judge but offer sage and constructive advice.

When I remarried and became a step-parent to two really terrific kids, Emma and Patrick, my dad embraced them as his own and delighted in having three grandchildren to dote on as best he could, never forgetting a birthday or special occasion and always sending a funny card and thoughtful gift even when he couldn’t afford it. His attentiveness meant so much to them and to me and Scott. All three kids enjoyed spending time with my dad when he came to visit and especially when we went to visit him and had some wonderful adventures in New Mexico. My dad’s capacity for love and fun was boundless and infectious. I miss him terribly!"

This tribute was added by Roger & Susan de Katona on 21st October 2014

"Although we only knew David for about 2 years we were like long lost friends reconnecting after a long time apart. The friendship was almost instantaneous and hardly a conversation was had that we didn't discover something else we had in common. Whether it was our love of books, music, history, food, guns, even to discovering that our daughters were in the same graduating class together at U.C.L.A., we never knew what would we would discover next.
We are still trying to accept the fact that he is gone. Not a day goes by that we don't think or talk about him. He will always be with us."

This tribute was added by Amanda Whitehouse on 20th October 2014

"I was happy to know David and was always touched by his excitement and zeal over life. He was so kind to shower us with gifts and love when we had our first child. We really appreciated that. We are sorry he is gone and will miss him when we visit Albuquerque.

~Amanda & Morgan Whitehouse"

This tribute was added by Logan McKenzie on 20th October 2014

"He was an excellent grandfather. He was always very supportive of me in all my endeavors. He was a great listener, we always had wonderful conversations. He never missed a holiday and always gave me the most meaningful gifts. He was a wonderful man, one of the smartest I've ever known. He will forever be missed and loved."

This tribute was added by John Richardson on 19th October 2014

"I never knew David really well except through Roslyn. But I always held his intellect in high esteem.
And he went the way I always knew he would: quietly, without a fuss and no formal farewells. I hope I can do the same."

This tribute was added by Leigh Smith on 18th October 2014

"David and I met in Ottawa when he was giving a lecture to teachers who were there for professional development .David and I started a conversation in the lunch line re an author of weird fiction ,H.P. Lovecraft. That was in the very early 70s. Over years and long distances we had this ongoing friendship which really enriched my life. David gave me wise counsel on more than one occasion and was always generous with what he had and with his time. We had a wonderful friendship based on our love of so many things:movies,books,target shooting, discussion of any and all things etc.etc.I supported him in his artistic pursuits  and he in mine. .We had enthusiastically discussed a movie we had both seen just before his demise. I am saddened by his sudden departure and hope that in some way we will meet again."

This tribute was added by Gloria Ashton on 18th October 2014

"I have known David for more than 40 years.
I know some of his most wonderful accomplishments.
I also know that the day he died, the world lost a very special man.
Let us never forget the lessons we learned from him, and choose to be better for having known him.
Our hearts are heavy at the loss of this wonderful person, but we can rejoice in the way that he chose to live, and in the knowledge that he did not squander the time he was given on this earth.
Forever In My Heart."

This tribute was added by roslyn shaw on 18th October 2014

""Yet all who meet will someday meet again, for it is the destiny of all relationships to be made holy."


This tribute was added by roslyn shaw on 18th October 2014

"David was my friend for almost 43 years and my constant companion for the past 6 and 1/2  here in Albuquerque.  He was a brilliant, quirky personality with a keen sense of humour and a mind that was ALWAYS "open at the top."  My memories of him are indelible. In my early twenties, he took me to my first ballet, Giselle, at the London Little Theatre; my first live symphony concert at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque and throughout the years generally mentored me away from a somewhat provincial worldview.
We were married for 4 years only but remained fast friends.  I am missing our daily phone calls, sharing New Mexican dinners, attending movies and discussing our current opinions, discoveries and musings.
The most salient and remarkable feature of David's personality was his AGELESS enthusiasm for almost everything.  It was contagious!
David was one of the most memorable and influential beings I have had the pleasure to know in my sojourn here so far.  I am missing him deeply.

I love you, David.


This tribute was added by Donna Garner on 17th October 2014

"This website is a wonderful tribute to David. Nothing would have pleased him more. He was such a unique and creative person, and these photos capture those many sides of him. Walking down memory lane has brought back a myriad of emotions as I remember his numerous  hobbies, experiences, relationships, and joys. He was not only my brother but a best friend, and I loved his sense of humor. He brought much laughter into my life, and he was never without a joke or funny story that always seemed to fit the occasion. He was far from perfect, but then all of us are far from perfect. We loved him very much and shall cherish these memories of him for the remainder of our lives. His presence in our lives touched us all in many ways for which we can be very thankful."

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