Robert Walter Burke

February 26, 1935 - March 31, 2011
Robert Walter Burke

Robert Walter “Bob” Burke, 76, of Wilmington passed away Thursday March 31, 2011.

Bob was a proud veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War as an MP. He retired from a successful sales career in New York and moved to Wilmington in 1993, working as a school bus driver for 16 years, known by his students as “Mr. Bob”.

Bob was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. He supported his community, disaster relief funds and served as a Guardian ad Litem for several years. He was a good friend, helping others and expecting nothing in return. Bob loved the ocean, outdoor activities, and as a member of a skin divers club in NY, Jacques Cousteau once presented him with a divers watch.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Linda Jane Kastner Burke, three children, Judy, Michele, and Bobby; two step-sons, Lou and Dan Agresta; and grandchildren, Staci, Tyler, Kaylie and Malcolm.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11 am Thursday, April 7, 2011 at St. Mark Catholic Church. His urn will be placed at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.

In lieu of flowers remember Bob with a memorial gift to the Salvation Army, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, or charity of choice.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 (910)791.9099


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  • April 07, 2011
    Wiley & Donna Lewis says:
    Linda and family, We did not know you or Bob well but wanted to express our sympathies to you and your family at his death. Sorry we didn't get to enjoy you more as yacht club members. Our prayers are with you. Wiley & Donna Lewis

  • April 07, 2011
    Carl & Arnell Pridgen says:
    Linda may you and your family find comfort in God's words thru his son Jesus that Bob is sleeping, and knowing that you will meet again in Heaven. Also know that the memories we have of Bob will bring many smiles and laughter to our faces as we remember the things he may have said or done.

  • April 03, 2011
    joan & Ed Wilson says:
    Our heart goes out to you Linda, and your family. It just seems like only a week ago he was sitting there looking proud of you as you spoke to the church. Alway's a smile. we sit just infront of you, and to hear you sing, and Bob alway's had a smile on his face. that is a good memory. our love and prayers in this difficult time. Joan and Ed Wilson.

  • April 01, 2011
    Karen Jeralds says:
    I had the pleasure of singing with Linda for many years @St. Marks. I got to know Bob through our many functions and had the pleasure of knowing him as the bus driver who took the band kids to many of their Sat. activities. Bob loved the kids and they loved him. He spent many Saturday's from early in the morning and long into the night till he brought the kids safely back in the wee hours. Thank you Bob for being so good to our kids. Linda and family you have my deepest sympathy and you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.

  • April 04, 2011
    The Meyer Family says:
    Linda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. God bless. Dave, Beth, David, Matt & Adam