Matthew Rodgers Burke, ladies’ man, high school drum major, musician, Eagle Scout, carpenter, American Revolutionary War expert, connoisseur, automotive restoration expert, Rocky fanatic, ambulance driver, chemist, Ronald McDonald House volunteer, flower deliverer, accomplished traveler, movie buff, comedian, Buffalo Bills fan, loyal friend, cousin, son, brother, uncle and father, left this earth to reside with his mother in heaven on Monday, February 12,2018 at the age of 51.
He passed away from the terrible disease of a broken heart. Matthew was loved by everyone who knew him. His friends will tell you he is in a better place but the ones who know him best will say they can hear him before a large audience in heaven, impersonating Rodney Dangerfield. Matthew was born in Buffalo, New York on February 11, 1967 to Frederick A. Burke, and Mary Rodgers Burke, who predeceased him. Matthew was one of five children, Lynn M. Burke, Patrick P. Burke, Michael F. Burke, and Martin J.Burke respectively. Due to his father’s job, Matthew and his family moved three times, to Ontario, Ohio, Johnson City, Tennessee, and finally settling in Raleigh,North Carolina.
Matthew graduated from Millbrook High School in 1985 and later
received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill in 1989. With his degree, he was employed with multiple companies
throughout Raleigh and Atlanta working in cancer research.
Matthew’s proudest moments in his life were the births of his children, Mary
Lucille Burke, and William E. Burke. They were the light of his life, and he loved
them more than anything. Matthew also made room in his heart for Lynn’s children, James D. Burke,Candice M. Adams, Cristin M. Adams, and Courtney M. Adams. He considered each of them his own children, and they considered Matthew as their father. Matthew was
always there whenever they needed him.
Matthew was a very caring, loving person who will be remembered for his
wonderful sense of humor and kind-heartedness for everyone he encountered. He
will be sadly and profoundly missed.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:00
am, in the little chapel of St. Francis of Assisi Church located at 11401 Leesville Rd,
Raleigh, NC 27613.
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To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your family member personally. However I do understand losing a loved one in death can be very hard. You may wonder why does this happen, and if there will be a time when death will cease to exist. I’d like to share with you a scripture I was comforted by when i experienced a death of a loved one. Revelation 21:4: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” I hope you find comfort in this scripture like I did.
Submitted by Michrlle on Mar 17 2018 08:56:14 AM
My sincere condolences to this family. Our loving heavenly Father will not forget your dear loved one and he assures us that his life is precious to him. (Psalms 72:12-14).
Submitted by Cris on Mar 11 2018 08:54:33 AM
My uncle was the greatest and most influential man in my life. He had the worlds biggest heart and would give you the shirt off his back. He truly loved being my uncle. He has been such a major part of my life it’s going to be hard for my family now that he is in heaven. My mom lost her best friend and I don’t ever think I will be able to fill his shoes. Thank you for all you have done for us uncle Matthew , you will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace love you
Submitted by Candice Adams on Feb 24 2018 08:15:02 AM
Bert and Donna Byers lit a candle for Matthew Burke
Bert and Donna Byers lit a candle on Feb 21 2018 06:15:42 AM
May you find comfort and strength in knowing that God loves you and he cares for you, through talking to God in prayer, and from God's word, the Bible. Psalm 36:7 says: "How precious your loyal love is, O God! In the shadow of your wings, the sons of men take refuge". Psalm 34:18 assures us that God is close to the brokenhearted; and Psalm 147:3 says: "He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you!
Submitted by Rachel Morton on Feb 20 2018 12:44:30 PM
I am so sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. He was such a bright light in the world. He dubbed me “the midget major” when Iwaa drum major for Science Hill. We spent time working together for him to tryout for drum major.
Submitted by Jenanne York Montgomery on Feb 20 2018 12:12:37 AM
Vincent M. Dial lit a candle for Matthew Burke
Vincent M. Dial lit a candle on Feb 19 2018 09:20:54 PM
My the peace of Christ be with the family of Matthew Burke during these very challenging times.
Submitted by Vincent M. Dial on Feb 19 2018 09:18:30 PM
I am so sorry to hear this sad news about Matt. I was in Stage/Jazz Band with him at Science Hill High School. He was extremely talented and while we all worked really hard, I think we laughed almost as much as we made music! Though I am sorry I hadn’t been in touch with Matt recently, those memories wouldn’t exist without his effortless way of entertaining and bringing out not just the music but the joy and laughter in us. May his memory be for a blessing.
Submitted by Deborah Fish on Feb 17 2018 11:47:40 PM
Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one. I hope and pray that the God of comfort will strengthen you and your family during your time of sorrow. 2 Corinthians, Chapter 1,verse 3 "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,"
Submitted by S. Williamson on Feb 17 2018 09:36:28 AM
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