The 1863 Lake Map. Lot 3. Source: Note Centerline Road is marked "Proposed Road"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peter A. Burke Obituary 1882-1954

November 24, 1954 – Journal Pioneer
Death of Mr. Peter A. Burke
             Mr. Peter A. Burke, one of the most prominent citizens of Tignish passed away Friday afternoon at the age of 72.
            Mr. Burke, accompanied by his wife while enroute to Alberton, stopped at the home of Mr. Watson Hardy Montrose.  On return to his auto to resume his trip he suffered a heart attack and died instantly.
            The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Burke, Alma, PEI.  He was probably best known for the success of his many years as cheesemaker in Alma and later Tignish where he had resided for the score of years.  He was also most successful in his general management of the Bellevue Hotel in Tignish.
            There are left to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father, his sorrowing wife, the former Gertrude Alyward of Pleasant View,; four daughters, (Irene) Mrs. John E. Cameron, Summerside; (Myrtle) Mrs. Lloyd Foley of New York; (Florence) Rev. Sister Mary Leonard of the Order of St. Martha, Charlottetown; and (Bernice) Mrs. Donald Davis, Montague.  His only son Leonard, was killed in England while serving with the Air Force during World War II.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Brown, Mass., USA.
            Funeral services were held on Monday morning, November 22nd, from his late residence in Tignish to the Church of St. Simon and St. Judy where Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. J.A. MacDonald.  Assistants in the mass were: Deacon Rev. M.J. Rooney, Bloomfield; sub-deacon, Rev. Edmund Roach, St. Dunstan’s University; master of ceremonies, Rev. William Simpson, St. Dunstan’s University.  Seated in the sanctuary were Rev. Claude Shea, R.C.A.F.  Station, Summerside; Rev. Louis Dooley, Brae; Rev. Emmanuel Richard, Palmer Road; Rev. Joseph N. Trainor, St. Mark’s; Rev. Terence Campbell, St. Dunstan’s University; Rev. Father Sinnott, Alberton.  The choir was under the direction of Rev. Denis Gallant, Tignish.  The organist was Leonard Gallant. 
            Honorary pall bearers were: Hon. J.A. Bernard, Messrs. C.F. Morrissey, John B. Myricks, Justin McCarthy, J.B. Morrissey, John B. Christopher, Francis Ready, A.D. O’Brien, Joseph T. Arsenault, James O’Brien, James Christopher, Francis Kinch.
            Active pall bearers were Messrs. Gerald Handrahan, Joseph Macdonald, Fidele Arsenault, Camille Chaisson, Howard Dunbar and Roy Clohossey.  Interment was in the church cemetery.
Submitted by Mike Gaudet by email
PS.  Peter Burke was born and raised where Stanford McNeill lived on Centerline Rd.  

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