Leo F. Burke, age 60, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 26, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of several years Jacqueline “Jackie” (Lawless) Burke, his cherished daughter Michaela (Burke) Correia, son-in-law Brian and granddaughter Liliana of Plainville.
Born in Greenfield, he was the son of the late William and Jean Burke. Leo grew up in Wrentham and later resided in Plainville. He graduated from King Philip Regional High School in 1979 where he met his soulmate and future wife, Jackie. He continued his education at the Northeast Institute of Industrial Technology and worked as a certified air balancer and HVAC mechanic.
He loved sports, having played basketball in high school and softball for several years in the Wrentham Men’s Softball League. He enjoyed golf and was an avid fan of Boston sports teams, in particular the Celtics.
Leo’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. The light of his life was his daughter, Michaela and at the time of his passing he was very much looking forward to the birth of his granddaughter, Liliana. Leo was also a dog lover and could often be seen with his “little buddy” Lexi.
In addition to Jackie, Michaela, Brian and Liliana, he is also survived by his sisters Ruth McDowell and her husband William of Wrentham, Lynn Hallion and her husband Frank of Wrentham, Teresa Williams and her husband Donald of Severn, MD; brother-in law Stephen Supple and his wife Simone of Blackstone, sister-in-law Donna Marvelle and her late husband Robert of Mattapoisett. Leo also has several nieces and nephews who admired him for always being the uncle that would patiently teach and play sports with them at all family gatherings.
Due to covid 19 restrictions on gatherings and travel, the family was unable to hold services at the time of passing. A funeral mass will be held on the anniversary of Leo’s passing on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s church 130 South Street, Wrentham, Ma. The family requests that masks are worn during the brief post mass gathering at the church.
Donations in Leo’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, the Animal Rescue League of Boston or a charity of your choice.