Received word that Bobby passed away. He was 81.

Here’s the obit from the New York Daily News.

BURKE-Robert Patrick (Bob), 81, of Manhattan, passed away doing what he loved best – playing basketball with his son, Jim, and his grandson, Kevin – at his favorite spot, the New York Athletic Club, on his favorite day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day.

Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY, son of William Patrick Burke and Elizabeth Doyle Burke, brother to William “Billy” Burke and Arthur Burke, all deceased.

Bob proudly served in the Air Force as an Intercept Operator during the Korean War.

After the war, Bob started his life long love of cruising; among the industry, his family and friends, Bob was known as “the cruise man”.

He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne Healy Burke, along with his son, James Cavanaugh Burke (Manhattan), his daughter, Kimberley Burke Mazzella (Oceanport, NJ), and her five children; Maggie, Leigh, Genevieve, Kevin and Frances.

In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project ( in memory of our beloved Bob.

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4 Responses to RIP BOBBY BURKE

  1. Bobbyhammond says:

    I went on a few cruises out of farrells. Houlie organized and bob did the booking. We had greet times and bob was a part of those great times. I was walking on. The top deck on one of those cruises and he was playing basketball.

    A great man. I enjoyed his company and meeting him in spring lake. N.j.

    Rest in peace

    Bob. Hammond

  2. Diane C says:

    I also did the cruises from Farrell’s What a nice man I am sorry to hear of his passing My condolences to his family

  3. Johnny Fin says:

    R.I.P BOBBY.

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