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 04, 2011
    Hank and Wanda Bodine says:
    Linda and Family, We have to say that our lives have truly been blessed to have known Bob. I never recall seeing him without that huge smile on his face and such a zest for life. We enjoyed all of the times we spent together camping and "playing". Bob, you will be forever missed. We love you and will see you again in heaven.

  • April 04, 2011
    kartika gunawan says:
    Dear Linda Jane Kastner,.... May memories of the joy and happiness you shared sustain and comfort you in your sorrow. with sympathy,.... kartika & family.

  • April 04, 2011
    Leesa Fisher says:
    Linda, please accept my condolences for the passing of Bob. Although I am unable to be there in person, I am there in though and prayers. Love, Leesa

  • April 02, 2011
    Pattie Kennedy says:
    Usually I'm not at a loss for words but today I am. When Bob retired a bunch of us missed seeing him everyday. But then he would pop and say hi to us, that made our day. My deepest condolences go out to his family. He was a good man, he will be missed.

  • April 05, 2011
    Alex and Andrea Hill says:
    Dear Linda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Thank you for all you and Bob have done for St. Mark Catholic Church.