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Obituary for William H. Burke

August 1, 1935 - July 14, 2021
New Hope, Pennsylvania | Age 85


William H. Burke, of New Hope, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday evening, July 14, 2021, at his home. He was 85. "Bill," as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was the beloved husband of 45 years to Margaret M. (née Quigley) Burke. Born August 1, 1935, in Philadelphia, Bill is predeceased by his father and mother Edward and Adele (née Philpott) Burke, his sister Sallie (née Burke) Jordan, and his first wife Barbara Joan (née Cartin) Burke and his eldest daughter Robin Ann Burke.

Bill grew up in Holmesburg, Northeast Philadelphia. He attended Lincoln High School and Penn State University. Bill is a United States Army veteran. Upon his return from service, Bill married the late Barbara Joan Cartin and would begin his lifelong work and dedication to the pipe coating industry. Bill began his career working for H.C. Price Company in Philadelphia during the summer of 1958. He was relocated and promoted numerous times during his 24-year career, including California, Louisiana, Beirut, Australia, Singapore, Oklahoma, and Texas, ending his career as President of the company. He then returned back to Pennsylvania. Later in his professional career, Bill was a founding member of Liberty Coating Company in Morrisville. Throughout his lifetime, Bill was a member of the board of directors of several domestic and international businesses. Bill was a lover of golf, reading, Elvis Presley, and "Skippy" peanut butter. Bill will be greatly missed, but eternally remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

In addition to his wife Margaret, Bill is survived by his children: Kimberly S. Barder of Langhorne, Nicholas W. Burke and his wife Naomi of Melbourne, Australia, William H. Burke Jr. "Billy," of San Francisco. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Holdyn Barder and Poppy Burke.

Relatives and friends are invited to Bill's Life Celebration on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by his funeral service at 10:30 a.m. at the Swartz-Givnish Life Celebration Home, 323 East Washington Ave. Newtown, PA 18940. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 291 Durham Rd. Newtown, PA, 18940. Services will be livestreamed on the Swartz-Givnish Life Celebration Home Facebook page,, starting at 10:30 a.m. and again for his graveside service at approximately 11:30 a.m. At the request of the family, please proceed all memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association at Family services are entrusted under the care of the Swartz-Givnish Life Celebration Home, 215-968-3891.

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