Obituary of Joseph Douglas Burke
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Douglas "Doug" Burke on December 2nd, 2021, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital after a brief illness. Born on November 7th, 1959, he was the son of the late Daniel and Emma (Hustler) Burke.
Doug is survived by his wife of 26 years, Joyce (Kuzyk); children, Ashley (Derek Boyer), Michael (Brianna Howson); step-children, Robin Kuzyk and Kelly Kuzyk; grandsons, Riley Boyer and Everett Boyer; siblings, Sheila Macdonald (Glynn Nason), Melvina "Sis" (Austin McLellan), Ken (Bonnie), John (Wanna), Sonny (Linda); many cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as a large extended family.
Doug began working at an early age in his brother’s garage. Later, he was a heavy equipment operator and worked on the construction of the Mactaquac Dam. He also worked for a period of time at the Chestnut Canoe Factory in Oromocto.
Doug earned the reputation as an honest, hardworking mechanic, having been employed at Coulbourne’s Auto and Ward’s Garage (which later became Brian’s Auto Repair), over a span of nearly 30 years. He was an avid golfer and fisherman, but, also enjoyed playing darts and shooting pool. He was a huge fan of Nascar Racing which he called "nap car" since he usually fell asleep before the 20th lap.
In 1985, he won the Canadian Stand-Up Arm Wrestling Championship title for his weight class in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In those younger days, he was eager to show off his "pipes" to any would-be challenger.
Doug was a kind hearted, generous man, who would actually give the shirt off his back if someone needed it. He also had a quick-witted sense of humour and loved planning and perpetrating practical jokes on unsuspecting friends and relatives.
In addition to his parents, Doug is predeceased by his brothers George, Bill, and Clarence.
A wealth of gratitude to Dr. Ginn and the nursing and support staff of 3SW for their kindness, support, and care during Doug’s stay.
Doug will be missed and loved forever.
A celebration of Doug’s life will take place on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Oromocto Funeral Home. Due to current provincial regulations, proof of vaccination and government issued identification will be required for entry to the visitation and service.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the heart and stroke foundation.