Joseph M. Burke, Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2022 at the age of 61 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Joe was born in the City of Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Chesapeake High school in 1980. Shortly thereafter Joe joined the United States Navy where he served a distinguished 21-year career on many ships all over the world as a Senior Enlisted Damage Control Manager and Training Specialist. His duty stations included Norfolk Virginia, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Yokosuka Japan and Atsugi Japan. Upon retirement Joe Instructed at the Maritime Institute of Technology in Maryland and also worked as a Service Technician for Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corporation. His lifelong love and devotion to the United States Navy was evident and continued on into his retirement years. He volunteered at the VFW and many of the Chief’s Clubs where he made countless friends and memories.
Joe was preceded in death by his father Howard, mother Muriel and sister Muriel Coomes. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mami Burke, daughters Karen (William) DeAngelis, Christine (Keith) Phillips; stepson Takahiro (Rina) Inoue; stepdaughter Risako; grandchildren Catarina, Weston, Rei, Yurika, Go, Erika, Ai, Alicia; Brothers, Alan (Linda) Burke, Carl (Kathy) Burke, Howard (Lisa) Burke, Michael (Dawn) Burke, many nieces and nephews and dogs Turbo and Nitro.
Joe loved to hear live music in the company of friends. He had such a big heart and would have given the shirt off his back to anyone. Joseph never met a stranger and made friends with everyone. His kindness, friendliness, and good nature will be missed by so many.
~ Fair Winds and Following Seas~
The family will receive friends at a visitation for Joseph on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel 5033 Rouse Drive Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462.
A gathering at 615 Bar and Grill, 1615 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 will be held the following night, Wednesday January 19, 2022 at 6:00pm.
An Inurnment Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery will occur at a later date still to be determined.