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Lawrence Smith Burke, Jr.


Lawrence Smith Burke, Jr. died on July 11, 2020 after a short illness. He had lived many years in St. Petersburg, Florida and his later years in New Jersey with or near his sister, Judith.

He graduated from Winthrop High School and after graduation from Harvard University in 1955, served as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, stationed in England. With a varied career, he taught school, worked as a park ranger, and particularly enjoyed working as a greenskeeper at various golf courses. An outdoorsman, he was known for his prodigious walking. A life-long adherent to the American Baptist denomination, he sought a church wherever he lived.

He was particularly fond of and devoted to his siblings and their children. Attentive to birthdays and celebrations, he remembered each of his grand nieces and nephews with tokens of his love, sending two-dollar bills or a jumble. He will be sorely missed by his extended family who will remember him as kind, gentle and generous.

He was predeceased by his sister Marilyn and leaves his brother Roger, of Islesboro, Maine and his sister Judith, of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. A service of remembrance and burial was held at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester, Massachusetts on July 21, 2020.


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