Tom Burke ’59 was born and raised in San Francisco and was the eldest of the three sons of the late Raymond and Madeline Burke. He and his late brothers, Mike Burke ’60 and Bob Burke ’65, grew up in a house their father built in 1937 on the steep block of Douglass Street, where Tom lived his entire life. He was a doting son, loyal brother and brother-in-law, and a kind and thoughtful uncle. Tom loved watching and playing sports, was a loyal fan of the SF Giants and 49ers, and most notably he played weekly tennis with the local tennis club. He was an avid skier who tackled the most challenging slopes of the French and Swiss Alps, enjoying many adventures as a worldwide traveler. In his retirement, he believed in giving back to his community and spent countless hours volunteering for St. Philips Parish, Alvarado School, Catholic Charities, Archbishop Riordan High School, and The Hannah Boys Center. He was also an active member of the Olympic Club for more than 50 years and a devoted Catholic and lifetime parishioner of St. Philips the Apostle Church, where he graduated from grammar school in 1951. He attended Archbishop Riordan High School, class of ’55, continuing on to SCU, and then furthering his education by graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law, class of ’62. He had a strong work ethic and was employed by the state of California for over 30 years. Tom was a quiet and modest man who made a huge impact on all those with whom he crossed paths. He died on Jan. 26, 2018, and is survived by his sister-in-law, Carole Burke O’Connor (Kevin), and nieces and nephews Michelle, Mike, Susan, Catherine (Louie), Dan (Deirdre), Barry (Amber), John (Tiffany), Michael, Candace, and Meghan, and their families. His nephew, Graham, predeceased him.

08 Nov 2018