CAPE ELIZABETH – After living life with a quiet joy and beautiful but mischievous eyes, Hunter B. Burke passed from this Earth May 14, 2008, from complications during a kidney/liver transplant at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. Born in Portland Nov. 1, 2002, Hunter’s symptoms of atypical HUS were few, allowing for a rich and varied life. Thanks to the wonderful care of the staff at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, the Dialysis Unit at MMC, and Drs. Hand and Gordon and staff, Hunter was able to fully participate in much loved activities outdoors. Their Olde Colony Lane neighborhood also banded together to help support Hunter and his entire family cope with practicalities after Hunter’s diagnosis at 10.5 months old. Taught with love by the caring staff at Casco Bay Montessori School, Hunter was enrolled to begin fall Kindergarten at Pond Cove Elementary School, Cape Elizabeth. Hunter loved being out on Casco Bay with his father and family members and was always delighted to discover new playgrounds in his travels. Hunter’s last family trip was this winter to Grand Cayman Island, where he was enthralled by the Butterfly Farm and guided his little brother Skyler through the Pirate Caves. Hunter was one of the youngest members of the Sons of the American Legion, Post No. 65. He leaves behind a legacy of joy and strength for his parents, Brad and Linda Burke; brother, Skyler; and grandparents, Steve and Lucy Burke of Newburyport, Mass., and Ted and Ann Greene of Lubec. Sadly missed by aunts, uncles, and cousins, Hunter was a beautiful and vivacious blessing whose light brightened our world for too short a time. Visiting hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday May 19, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, a funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday May 20, at First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Hunter’s memory to, Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS, care of Bill Biermann Forest Oak Drive, Barnhart, MO. 63012 or to Maine Medical Center, Development Dept., 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.
HUNTER BRADFORD BURKE
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.