Let the memory of Gerald be with us forever
  • 59 years old
  • Born on May 6, 1956 in Dundee, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on December 24, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Gerald Burke, 59, born on May 6, 1956 and passed away on December 24, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Patricia Bessette on 24th December 2016
Remembering you at this time with wonderful memories,laughter and love.You was a very special person to me and I hope you knew that.Still missing you lots and hope you are enjoying your peace with your buddies up there.Love you Gerald Always!!!!!!!!
Posted by Tira Burke on 13th July 2016
My dad was an amazing man. I loved listening to his stories from his childhood. I only wish that I had taken the time to write down or record his stories. There was so much that could have been learned from his stories and so so much more that I wish I had the chance to hear. My dad was an awesome mister fix it and I always said my dad can fix anything, and he proved this to my kindergarten teacher when he came in for parents night and he ended fixing one of the electronic books for her. I was so proud of my dad, he showed me that if you put your mind to it you can do almost anything. I'm so grateful that he taught me to never give up. Like when I got divorced and moved into my own home, I was terrified but my dad was right there behind me to guide the way. Not only was he a great support but he also taught me that the things I never thought I could do in the past were possible now. I learned how to become a miss fix it thanks to him and I can never be thankful enough for him making that possible. Whenever something needs to be fixed now around my home the first thing I think about is what would my dad do and then that I can do this. Not only was he an awesome dad but he was an amazing PePaw! I know the time he spent on the floor while he was healthy with my oldest Tristen will never be forgotten. Pepaw was such a large part of my children's lives that I know he will never be forgotten. I just loved when they would come home from fishing and I got to hear there wonderful stories about all there fishing adventures. My dad was such an astonishing man that I know he can never be replaced or compared too. I will be eternally grateful that I was lucky enough to have him as my dad. I only pray that someday I can possibly help people and leave the awesome touch on this earth that my dad did. I love you dad and miss you more than words can say. I know that you are in heaven looking down on us and having a great time fishing with all your buddies.I know that one day I will see you again, but until then I love you so so much and I only hope that I make you proud.
Posted by Tina Burke on 11th July 2016
Living Life Large , nothing gave him greater pleasure then spending time with his grandbabies, they were the light of his life. He loved and was so Proud of his Children beyond Believe He very much enjoyed Hunting, fishing ,traveling .and playing Santa (Ironic he passed xmas eve)spending time with family and friends of which we didn't have many but enough to make his life complete. He loved our little Azalia United Methodist Church ,which made it possible to have a Beautiful memorial service ,and even though our little Autistic grandson Gaven said and refused to share at his Pepaws memorial the provand Statement was amazing " A Memorial is a Celebration of my Pepaws Life" and he wasn't wronge. The memorial couldn't have been more perfect ,My grandson Dominic assisted with sharing the song of our life " Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce . And our lovelyng lady Helen started out with Geralds favorite song "His eye is on the Sparrow and you know he's watching you" A packed church ,standing room only and those who got up on the podium to share their thoughts and feelings about my Gerald was awesome. and. with people still coming in after completion of service was a testament to what an amazing man I was fortunate enough to share my life with. The bonFire our son suggested and the toast , with Geralds whisky of choice -when he was well enough to drink- Black Velvet to Geralds childhood friend since they were 6yrs old Doug saying one last time " Hey Jerry hows it going ?" Salute! Our son and or wonderful cousin Kevin put on Waders went out back to spread my loves ashes under his hunting tree stand. When Jas got back he said " Mom, dad busted my ass right up to the very end! We had to bust through ice to get back there , but we wouldn't have had it any other way.. A fitting tribute to an incredible man"Oh how I Miss You My Love
Posted by Sara Duncan on 11th July 2016
The most amazing loving and caring man in the world ! Genuinely blessed to have him as MY pepaw! The reality will never set in. Im awaiting. Aphone call to hear heyyyyy kid hows it going. Or well ya know we are all human and make mistakes. Even pepaw makes mistakes. But i still love ya. Or. Im pretty awsome just ask me ill tell ya .. What an amazing man.. I love you pepaw. My choppers have been brushed :)

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