In Loving Memory of Lieutenant Paul J. Burke, Sr.
Lieutenant Paul J. Burke, Sr.Dunmore, PA May 12, 1960 ~ March 20, 2017 Date of Service: March 25, 2017
Lieutenant Paul J. Burke (Ret.), 56, a lifelong Dunmore resident, died unexpectedly on Monday, from injuries received long ago in the line of duty with the Dunmore Fire Department.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Robert W. and Nancy Coggins Burke and was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1978.
Paul had a special affinity for all animals and was a great outdoorsman. At night, he and his beloved dog, Sally, would sit on the couch and watch television together. It was really something to see. Paul had a great wit and was always keeping people in stiches. A loyal and generous brother and friend, he was always willing to lend a hand. He was much loved, and his memory will forever be lodged in the hearts of all who knew him. He loved his family, friends, Sally and the Fire Department. He is finally without pain but the world is a darker place without him.
Surviving is his loving son, Paul J. Jr., and grandchildren Layla and Delilah, all of Dunmore; brothers, Bob and wife Moya, Clarks Summit; Tim and wife Carmella, Dunmore; sisters Colleen Sands and husband Rick, Jenkintown, Pa; Marybeth Krouchick and husband Ken, Dickson City; an aunt, Barbara Burke, Dunmore; nieces, Angie, Sara and Jessica; nephews, Kenny and Robbie; former wife, Debra Pettinato Tomaino; several great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and friends.
A visitation will be held on Saturday from 12-3pm at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St. Dunmore.
Interment is private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, Pa 18411 or Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.