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03/14/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Jay Burke

John McDonough Burke, Jr.
(11 Apr 1937 - 09 Mar 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1955

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There's still more sad news today.   Jay Burke, Class of 1955, husband of Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) of Northern VA, and brother of Pat Burke ('57) and Gene Burke, and brother-in-law of Dick Wynne ('58) and Bill Wynne ('63) and Nancy Mitchell Wynne ('64) of MD, passed away in Vienna on Thursday, March 09, 2017, one month before his 80th birthday.

From the Daily Press - 03/14/17:

                     John M. Burke, Jr.
      NEWPORT NEWS - John McDonough Burke, Jr. (Jay) of Vienna, VA., passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Jay was born on April 11, 1937 in Newport News, VA.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lolly Wynne Burke and his dog, Kemp. He leaves behind two brothers, Pat Burke and Dr. Gene Burke (Anne) and two brothers in law, Dick Wynne and Billy Wynne (Nancy) and three nephews and a great niece.

He graduated from Newport News High School in 1955, Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School in 1960 and the University of Michigan in 1963 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Jay loved flying planes, fly fishing, white water canoeing, racing Formula Fords and riding horses - anything exciting!

After leaving the shipyard, Jay worked for Esso International, Exxon USA and Mobil Oil. He retired as Vice President of Mobil Oil Shipping and Transportation in 2000.

Jay Burke

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

If you wish to make a contribution in his memory the following were his wishes: Middleburg Humane Foundation, P.O. Box 1238, Middleburg, Va. 20118, The Seeing Eye, P.O. Box 375, Morristown, N.J. 07963. or your favorite animal rescue group.

Online condolences and fond memories of Jay may be offered to the family at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on March 14, 2017.

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All of you have our deepest sympathy and love. We will always remember Jay for his hearty laugh and his love of fun and good times. We have fond memories of family events throughout the years. Cherish your many happy memories. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

~ Kitty and Terry Heffington, Newport News, Virginia

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jay's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

All Creatures of Our God and King

The words are a paraphrase of "Canticle of the Sun" by
Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/1182 – 03 Oct 1226), circa 1225
Written shortly before his death, it was not published for almost 400 years.
Translated to English by
William H. Draper (19 Dec 1855 - 09 Aug 1933), it first appeared in the Public School Hymn Book, 1919.

Music: "Lasst Uns Erfreuen", Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Germany: Peter von Brachel, 1623)
Harmony by
Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 Oct 1872 - 26 Aug 1958) in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 519

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beams,
thou silver moon that gently gleams,

O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice, (R)

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest man both warmth and light, (R)

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show: (R)

And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care: (R)

And thou, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way hath trod: (R)

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One: (R)

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