Thomas Burke

Thomas A. Burke

Friday, April 20th, 1984 - Saturday, May 30th, 2020
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Thomas A. Burke, 36, of North East, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday May, 30 2020 at UPMC Hamot. He was born in Erie on April 20, 1984 a son of Judith Wright Burke and the late Wilbert Burke.

Thomas graduated from General McLane High School in 2003 and served in the United States Air Force Reserves for six years. He worked various jobs in many different fields and was a very talented musician, especially playing the guitar. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Judith Wright, and his paternal grandparents, Tom and Bernadette Burke.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his fiance, Holly Schaefer, of Fairview; his stepson whom he considered his own, Corbin; one brother, Robert Burke and his girlfriend, Amy Grzywinski, of Erie; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be private and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements were made by the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, 16504.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,
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Timothy Casey

Posted at 02:27pm
Tom your time was way too short. Haven’t seen you much in the last 15 plus years but when I did run into you we’d say hi and small pleasantries. You will be missed my friend. Prayers for you and your family.

Stacey Bostaph

Posted at 09:40pm
I am absolutely stunned by this horrible news. I wrote this with a very heavy heart. Tom and his Mom were a significant part of my life for over twenty years. We haven't seen each other in several years, but my love for Tom and Judy has always been there. I never thought that I would never see Tom again. We had years of fun. I have great memories of spending time together, helping with homework, singing with Tom and his Mom while Tom played the guitar, going to chorus performances, attending Tom's Basic Training Graduation, going to Family Days at his Military Base, spending holidays together and just every day time together. Tom had an amazing sense of humor and a very kind heart. I always loved Tom's smile and laugh. His passing was way too soon. My heart is heavy with saddness. My prayers are with you Judy, you shouldn't be going through this. My prayers and thoughts go out to Rob, Tom's fiancee and stepson, as well as all his friends and relatives. May you rest in peace with you Dad. Tom, you will always have a special place in my heart. I love you. "Good night Gracie."

Trajmon williams (tee)

Posted at 06:13pm
Man I cant believe your gone, someone just called and told me you passed away. Man we just spoke awhile ago about football and our military tours. To your love ones I am truly sorry for your loss. You'll never be forgotten!!! Tee

Diane OConnor Smith, Byham's Insurance

Posted at 01:18pm
Dear Judy, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss...There are no words to say that will ease your suffering. Just know, I'm thinking of you.
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Brian Gabriel

Posted at 10:41pm
Tom was a really good kid, a great friend. Deeply saddened for Judy. Great memories hanging out with Tom in middle school and high school. Probably spent time together each day for many years. Playing basketball, football, and of course strumming on the guitar. I swore he’d break the guitar strings. To Judy: I’m so sorry.

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