Patrick Michael Burke passed away at his home on Saturday, March 23, in Corpus Christi. He was 62.He was born on April 30, 1956 in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Titusville High School in Titusville, Florida.
After attending technical college in Chattanooga, Tenn., he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1981 where he worked painting T-28 planes, ran “Pat’s Paint and Auto Body” shop, then worked as a welder for the refineries.
Pat rode Harley Davidson motorcycles and participated in annual Toys for Tots rides and other fundraisers. His legendary brisket took a full 16 hours to smoke in his custom pit. A DIY man in the truest sense of the word, he could fix just about anything, though he never purported to be a mechanic. He loved to garden, growing tomatoes and giant sweet potatoes. His roses and plumeria always bloomed brightly.
He taught his children self-reliance and encouraged them that they could do anything they put their minds to. He had an ear piercing whistle that could be heard miles away.
Annual family campouts were spent fishing on the banks with his grandchildren and cooling off in his tent with A.C. He loved his grandchildren fiercely and they loved their “PawPaw.” A sentimental man at heart, Pat had a penchant for collecting things, be it antique sewing machines, cast iron pots or cars, the man had whosits and whatsits a plenty. He loved animals, especially dogs. He would take in just about any stray, giving them creative names like Brownie, Fluffy, Freckles, and Stu.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin L. Burke Jr. and Nellie Ruth Adams, brother Edwin Lawrence “Larry” Burke III, nephew Edwin ”Little Larry” Lawrence Burke IV, and his first wife, Julie Ann Pack.
Survivors include his wife of more than three decades, Rebecca Jean Hartung Burke; son, Patrick Michael (Laura) Burke II of Diamondhead, Miss., daughters Christina Burke (Russell) Albarenga of Austin; Megan Burke of Denver, Colo.; Ashley (Eric) Greene of Corpus Christi, stepdaughters Christie Irps of Corpus Christi and Shelly (Cory) Hanneman; ten grandchildren; brother Jeff Burke of Atlanta, Ga. and sister Reenie Stafford of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:00AM on 12 April 2019 St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church with Father Nguyen officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Salvation Army.