BERLIN, MD. – James “Jim” Arthur Burke II, 61, of Berlin, MD, passed away August 4th, 2014 at the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a five year heroic battle against brain cancer. Born in Bangor, Maine, he was the son of the late James Arthur and Frances Emerson Burke.
He is survived by his soulmate and loving wife, Sue Burke and their daughter, Julie Burke (Rochester, NY). Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Jackie and Bill Shockley (Berlin, MD), Joyce and Clint Getchell (Ocean City, MD), Joe and Cindi Burke (Newburgh, ME), twin sister Julie and Mike Jellison (Hampden, ME), and John and Carol Burke (Powellville, MD). In addition, he is survived by his Uncle Bobby Emerson (Orrington, ME), numerous cousins, nephews and nieces as well as his second daughter by previous relationship, Melissa Watson and her three children.
Jim worked at the Harborside Bar & Grill in West OC for 12 years. He not only worked there, but made it his second home. The crew was his extended family and he treated them like it; he mentored many and pranked them all. (Watch out for the bubble wrap!) He even remained loyal to his beloved Red Sox and New England Patriots throughout all the years. Jim made family a priority no matter what. He was a great brother, cousin, uncle, husband and dad. He was always there when you needed him, making jokes and pulling silly shenanigans. He will always be remembered as the “favorite uncle,” “the fun one,” “Silly Papa Jim,” and “Sue’s soulmate.” For a man who was just a good “ol’ hippie” he was one of the greatest old hippies out there. His positive outlook and wisdom was infectious. Full of spirit and good sayings, he made a difference in the lives of everyone he met.
Special thanks to everyone at Harborside Bar & Grill, his doctors over the past five years and the Berlin Rehab staff for all their love, care and support.
Jim Burke will be missed, but he will also be remembered. There will be a Celebration of Life held for him Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at the Harborside Bar & Grill in West OC from 1-3pm wherein plenty of stories and memories will be revisited. A donation made in his memory may be made to the Make a Wish foundation or the Worcester County Humane Society. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.