Lawrence J. Burke, 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He was the son of the late Henry J. and Agnes (Lukman) Burke.
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Larry grew up in Meriden, attending St. Rose School and Meriden Public Schools. In his youth he was a short-order cook at JB’s Restaurant which eventually lead him to studying at The Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York. Larry was proud to serve active duty in the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles as a paratrooper for three years. He then spent four years in the Brotherhood Monastery at St. Andrews-on-the-Hudson. He had a colorful, adventurous life. In his varied occupations, he was a chef in the Merchant Marines and worked in manufacturing, retiring from Corbin Russwin in Berlin, CT. He was a resident of Meriden, NYC, New Britain and later Hartford, CT. He was a member of the American Order of Hibernians.
In his youth he enjoyed fishing, archery with a crossbow, and hunting. Larry always loved children, playing both Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas over the years. He would often encourage the children to pull his beard to prove he was Santa. And they did! He eventually became a member of the Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in New Britain.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Martin, Henry L., James, and his sister-in-law Ruth. He is survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews, including his nephew Mark Leone and his wife Donna of Manchester who have been devoted to Larry for many years and his cousin Marcia Edwards who was by Larry’s side in his passing.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service and burial with military honors on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 1 p.m. in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 250 Gypsy Lane, Meriden. There are no calling hours. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. For online condolences, please visit jferryfh.com