Cover photo for Walter J. Burke's Obituary
Walter J. Burke Profile Photo

Walter J. Burke

June 20, 1937 — September 8, 2022

Walter J. Burke

Walter John “Bud” Burke, age 85, of Spruce Street, passed peacefully Early Thursday morning, September 8, 2022, with his family beside him. Bud had suffered from Alzheimer’s for 11 years but was able to remain home throughout with his beloved family.

Bud was born in Burlington, VT, on June 20, 1937, the son of the late Walter John and Marguerite (Charland) Burke.  He attended school at Mount Assumption in Plattsburg, NY and graduated from Burlington High School in the Class of 1957, continuing later for his Associates Degree at Champlain College in 1963. He married Joanne E. Delaney on June 19, 1965, sharing 57 years together.

Walter worked for Fairbanks Morse and later at EHV Weidmann in sales & purchasing for many years, afterwards starting his own business, Twin State Sales, retiring in 2012. Bud enjoyed walking with Finnegan, his Labrador Retriever, times spent at camp on Lake Dunmore and kayaking there as well. Driving his 1987 MG London Roadster was always a joy. He enjoyed snowshoeing, traveling that included a trip to the Emerald Isle, visiting museums, reading, hiking, biking, skiing, puttering around the house, playing tennis and enjoying his family and friends. Most of all, spending time with Joanne, the love of his life.

In addition to Joanne, he is survived by his 2 sons: Timothy D. Burke and wife, Lisa Anne, of Newark, VT, Patrick S. Burke and wife, Michelle, of Barre, VT, 2 grandchildren: Shannon Niel and Gavin Walter Burke, nieces and nephews: Michael, Kelly, Patti, Brian, Laury, Jerad & Stephanie.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother: James E. Burke and his nephew: Sean Delaney.

Memorial donations may be made the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, FDR Station, PO Box 220, New York, NY 10150, or to your local animal shelter.

Friends may call on the family from  5-7 PM on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at the Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer Street in St. Johnsbury, VT.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM on Friday September 16th at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 49 Winter Street in St. Johnsbury with Fr. Lance Harlow as celebrant. Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery will be private at a later date.

The family gives their heartfelt thanks to the angels who work for: Hands at home Healthcare,  Caledonia Home Health & Hospice, the St. Johnsbury Fire Dept., Police Department and Calex Ambulance. “You have all earned you wings!”

Condolences may be shared with the family at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Walter J. Burke, please visit our flower store.

Past Services


Thursday, September 15, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Friday, September 16, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. John the Evangelist Church

Winter St, Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree