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J. David Bourke

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BOURKE, J. David (Dave), of Springfield, passed away August 23, 2020 after a brief bout with COVID 19. He was born September 17, 1928 to Ted and Agnes (Cummings) Bourke. He grew up on Beatrice Street, went to Latin School, and graduated from Springfield Catholic Central High School in 1945. He graduated from the University of Dayton, where he met Mary Sullivan, the love of his life, and received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After a brief stint in the Army, defending Baltimore from the North Koreans, he returned to Springfield to get married and begin his career at Robbins and Myers. Dave worked for Robbins and Myers for 44 years, retiring as the Vice President of Oil Field Products. His career included seven patents, world-wide travel, many practical jokes, and too many three martini lunches with friends Tom Kearns, Bill Sale and Jim Huston. Dave was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Teresa Church, where he was a reader, song leader, communion distributor, parish council member, and school board member. In Springfield, and during his time in California, he was very active in fundraising campaigns for building three different new churches. Dave was active in the Springfield Arts Council, both as a board member and as a performer in the musicals in the Summer Arts Festivals. He was committed to community service, giving his time and talents to many other boards, charities, and activities, too many to list here. Most of all, Dave was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, teaching us all the meaning of unconditional love. He and Mary were married for 61 years. Mary tried to keep him in line for most of their marriage, and he cared for her, with great devotion, during her long battle with dementia. He will truly be missed by his five sons and daughters-in-law: David and Mary of Columbus OH, Chris and Mary of Philadelphia PA, Dan and Lisa of Springfield OH, Ted and Kathleen of Bayhead NJ, and John Henry and Josie of Portland OR. Memories of 7-Up pancakes and Camp Grandad will be cherished by his fourteen grandchildren and spouses: Patrick, Michael and Jenny, JD, Chris Jr., Molly and Nick Moseley, Ben, Billy, Daniel and Elizabeth, Maggie and Chris Bochtler, Brian, Sean, Katie, Connor, and Julio, and his great grandchildren: Colin Bourke, and Reese and Cora Bochtler. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved Mary, sister and brother-in-law Anne and Dick Welsh, brother Dick Bourke, sister and brother-in-law Ellen and Jim Gleason, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joyce and David Fox. He is survived by his sister-in-law Carolyn Bourke, and many nieces and nephews. Dave’s warm smile and welcoming personality earned him many friends, and, in the future, when travel is safer, the family would love to have them all share in a mass and reception to celebrate his life. The date and time will be announced well in advance. For now, he will be laid to rest in a private family mass. If you wish to remember Dave, the family is suggesting donations to the Springfield Arts Council and the Summer Arts Festival. Arrangements by CONROY FUNERAL HOME.
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So sorry for your loss. Your father was a great man and mentor. RIP Mr Burke

- Sharon Brodbeck-Carol Brodbeck, Tuesday September 1st, 2020

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad! You are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time

- Sue and Dan Wilber, Saturday August 29th, 2020

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad! You are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time

- Sue and Dan Wilber, Saturday August 29th, 2020

Our family grew up with the Bourkes. Dave (Mr. Bourke to us.) and our mother, Winnie Garner, were high school friends and that friendship lasted through their children’s high school years and beyond. Mr. Bourke was always quick with a smile and was a genuine human being. Condolences to his family and friends. His warm and confident presence will be missed in this world.

- Roger Cotner, Friday August 28th, 2020

Dear Chris and Bourke Family My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you in your time of loss. Mr. Bourke was a great example of fatherhood. He was everywhere it seems; lectoring & singing in the choir at St. Teresa, organizing basketball games on your patio and running races & touch football in the backyard as well as attending all your sporting & school events. He amazingly greeted us by name and was most genuine in his concern for all of us as your friends. A wonderful husband, father & gentlemen always representing his faith and safely with Mrs. Bourke and God now. Love you all, Joe

- Joe DeWitt, Friday August 28th, 2020

To a great Boss, my condolence... Dave was one the few man in my career life that I looked up to, he was a wise mentor and a good boss. We will miss him.

- Eddie Garcia, Thursday August 27th, 2020

My condolences to the family on the loss of Dave. I have many great memories of Dave from his days with the St. Teresa Choir and the Summer Arts Festival. My favorite memory, however, was the Sunday he was lectoring at St. Teresa and proclaimed "A Reading from the Book of Geronimo" (as opposed to "Jeremiah.")We've lost a good one. Judge Carey

- richard carey, Thursday August 27th, 2020

I worked for Dave for many years at Robbins & Myers in Fairfield California. I will never forget the day that I met Dave.... I was working the paint booth at R&M Fairfield. I was moving pipe from a rack to a painting cart. The crane was tied up somewhere else so I was doing it by hand. The pipes were dirty and nasty and I was struggling a little bit. Dave Bourke came out of the office and was walking by when he saw me struggling. He stopped and came over and said "let me help you" and started to reach for a pipe. I said to him "Watch out, they are very dirty and you'll mess up your suit." His answer was, "it's ok, it's just dirt" and he dove in and helped me. After, he shook my hand and introduced himself. To this day, I do the same thing with guys out in the shop and I think of Dave every single time. He taught me many things but the best thing he taught me was how to show respect for the workers in the shop and how to lead. My condolences to Dave's family and loved ones. Dave was a great man and he will be missed. Take care, Scott Beckius

- Scott Beckius, Thursday August 27th, 2020

My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the entire Bourke clan. May your memories remind you of the good times and heal the sorrow of your loss.

- Mike Fellenstein, Thursday August 27th, 2020

To my boss, mentor and very close friend. Happy and sad to hear of your reunion with Mary. I will miss your wisdom, consul and friendship.

- Robert Shay, Wednesday August 26th, 2020

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