Marblehead — Joshua Bayley Burke, 52, died peacefully in his home on June 16. He is survived by his wife, Susan Cohen Burke of Beverly, Mass. He was predeceased by his father, William C. Burke Jr., and is the son of Marjorie W. (Peggy) Burke. Josh attended Marblehead schools, Bridgeton Academy and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mass.
Although he suffered from mental illness, he often attended Pioneer House and helped others, particularly by advocating for a better mental health system. He was a constant source of joy to his wife, Susan, his parents, his brothers and their wives, William C. (Twig) Burke III and his wife, Tamie of Marblehead, Jonathan J. Burke and his wife, Julie of Castine, Maine, Nicholas A. Burke and his wife, Lisa of Hamilton, Mass., and Nathanael A. Burke and his wife Frances of Marblehead.
He loved his nieces and nephews, and constantly encouraged and supported them in all their endeavors. Uncle Josh was cherished and loved by each of them; Shannon, Conor, Rory, Tristan, Jackie, Julia, and Deirdre.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m, from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St, corner of North St., Salem, to be followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m., at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Murphy Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Josh’s name to Pioneer House, 2 Washington St., Peabody, MA 01915, or the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 400 West Cummings Park, Suite 6650, Woburn, MA 01801-6528. For additional information or online guest book, please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.