Lawrence Burke

Lawrence "Larry" Burke

Monday May 4, 1953 - Sunday June 2, 2019
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Lawrence Burke, 66, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 2, 2019, while fly fishing in upstate New York. Larry leaves his wife of 43 years, Debra C. (Bodah) Burke; two daughters whom he was most proud of, Caitlyn Merry and her husband Matthew of Peterborough, NH and Meghann McCollem and her husband Brett of Westford; three precious grandchildren, Elliot, Isla, and Abigail; two brothers, James Burke and his wife Linda of Hudson and Thomas Burke and his wife Linda of Chester, NH; a sister, Mary Ellen Vincent of Clinton; numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry was born and raised in Clinton, a son to the late Thomas P. and Esther M. (Hughes) Burke. He graduated from Clinton High School, Class of 1971. Larry earned his Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Clark University and his MBA from Nichols College. He worked for most of his career as an accountant at Thermo Electron in Waltham, MA, serving as a controller for several N.E. power plants. After retirement, Larry found enjoyment as a customer service associate at Orvis in Dedham, MA and later at Cabela’s in Hudson, MA.

Larry was known for his big heart and generous spirit. He volunteered for many years as a mentor with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. and was a member of Trout Unlimited and New England Fly Tyers. He enjoyed the great outdoors and found pleasure in sharing it with his family through ice skating, snowshoeing, fishing and boating, trips to Martha’s Vineyard, and vacations to Ogunquit, ME.

A funeral will be held at 10 am on Monday, June 10th at the Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard Street, Northborough. There are no public calling hours. Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough is assisting the Burke family with arrangements. Please consider a donation in Larry’s memory to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. Mail checks with “In memory of Larry Burke” in the memo line to P.O. Box 695, LaPlata, MD 20646 or donate online at

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  • Funeral Service

    Monday June 10, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday June 10, 2019 10:00am
    Church of the Nativity
    45 Howard Street
    Northborough, MA 01532
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev Chad McCabe


Donations are being accepted for: PROJECT HEALING WATERS FLY FISHING INC.


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Jack Watson

Posted at 04:04pm
My deepest condolences to the unexpected passing of Larry Burke and my deepest condolences to the family. He was very nice to me and a great man to have a conversation with. Even though Larry and I worked in different departments at Cabela's, he was a wonderful outfitter to work with and we will all miss him dearly. Larry, you will be missed.

Bert McQuiston

Posted at 09:58am
To Debbie, Caitlyn and Meghann: deepest sympathy for your unexpected loss. My favorite memories of Larry involve fishing, but I know he was so much more than that. Speaking as a vet, I truly appreciate his work with Healing Waters and the support he gave to vets. He will be missed by many. Bert McQuiston

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Posted at 11:57am
We are sending warm wishes and hope you have a beautiful and peaceful day celebrating Larry.
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Posted at 09:05am
Meg and Burke Family- I am so sorry for your loss. With heartfelt condolences,
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Garrett Harrington

Posted at 07:07pm
Larry worked with me in the fishing department at cabelas, this is the nicest most caring heartwarming guy I have ever met, he was an honor to be around and considered him a friend. He was an incredible amazing Person that I will never ever forget. I’ll miss you and your spirit will continue forever. Larry, I love you buddy.

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