James Joseph Bourke
BOURKE, James Joseph. Best friend and loving husband to the late Dorothy Bourke, passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa Hospital on February 26th, 2018 in his 92nd year. Dear father to son Michael, daughter Anne (Marcelo) and cherished Grandpa to dear Rebecca, Shawna and Hannah. Predeceased by his parents James and Mary Bourke, brother John (Dorothy) Bourke, sister Patricia (Joe) O’Donnell and sister-in-law Jean (Max) Johnston. Beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. Owner (business partner George Hamann) and General Manager of the Flying Dutchman Hotel in Bowmanville for over 30 years. Graduate of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto (B.A.). Faithful Roman Catholic, he was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Bowmanville and then St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Oshawa. He enjoyed many travels with his wife Dorothy to many interesting places. An avid gardener he enjoyed spending time at “The Farm”. Loved to play the piano and was as excellent cook. He enjoyed many years as a genealogical enthusiast researching the family history completing “The Emerald in the Crown”. He loved his dog Milo. Always entertaining with his good sense of humour and stories of yore. He will be remembered as a man who loved life, a man of deep character, faith, courage and determination. Always hopeful with a smile to give away and a twinkle in his eye. We would like to thank the fantastic staff at Whitecliff Terrace Retirement Residence making his year stay there a great one. We would also like to thank Dr. Vieira, Dr. Vu and the caring staff on the Supportive floor at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Cremation has taken place.
Funeral mass will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newcastle on March 10th at 11 am. Reception to follow attended by family and close friends. Interment to follow at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery in Whitby. Donations can be made in his memory to St. Vincent de Paul. Arrangements entrusted to the Fallis & Shields Funeral Home, Millbrook. Online donations or condolences may be made at www.fallis-shields.com
Sincere condolences to Mike and Family.
Clint, Tami and Cody Peters
My thoughts are with you Mike
Sympathy to Michael and Anne on the passing of your father, A great soul has departed, but the memories shall never fade. Your loss is huge, and I can only share your pain. May is rest in peace join with with his lovely wife Dorothy and family. Mireille (mother of Shawna & Bryan Bourke)
We are so sorry for your loss and wish you lots of memories to help you through this difficult time.
Bev and Pete Peters