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John "Jack" Allen Burke


Last updated 1/31/2018 at 3:53pm

John "Jack" Allen Burke, 93, died peacefully attended by hospice at his home in Pala Mesa December 31, 2017, where he lived with his beloved Jean. Jack was born November 14, 1924, in Dormont, Pennsylvania to Virginia Irwin Burke and John Allen Burke. His grandmother Annie Irwin also helped to raise him and she played an inspirational role in his life.

Jack was preceded in death by his late wife, Evelyn, his parents, his grandmother, brother Jim and his best friend David Feyk. He is survived by his beloved Jean; the Feyk family, David's wife Kathy and three children who call him "Uncle Jack," and who are his "California Family", and a niece Judy Hoffman and husband, Doug, and their family in Pennsylvania.

He was a proud American citizen who served his country in World War II in the 10th Mountain Division and later in the South Pacific.

In the 1950s Jack relocated from Pennsylvania to the Los Angeles area. He was employed as a buyer for Robinson's Department Stores where he went on yearly buying trips to Europe and later became manager of Robinson's Beverly Hills. He loved to recount humorous stories of his encounters with the many Hollywood stars who frequented the store, some whom he got to know quite well.

While he was assigned to Robinson's in Pasadena, he met and married Evelyn Scott, who owned an antique business in Pasadena. In the 1980s they each decided to retire and move to Fallbrook and open a small antique shop in Brandon Village. Sadly, shortly after coming to Fallbrook, Evelyn was killed in a car accident. After her death, Jack spent many years as a widower and became very close to his "California family." In 2000, he met Jean Lefmann of Fallbrook and they were together for 18 wonderful years.

Jack was an avid golfer and joined San Luis Rey Downs Golf Club where he golfed for many years. He was an active member of the Men's Golf Club there. He also was a member and served a term as President of Kiwanis, where he worked on many fundraisers and Kiwanis projects helping the Fallbrook community.

Jack loved Fallbrook, golf, music, his many friends and was loved by everyone who met him. We all loved his dry wit, sense of humor and his positive outlook on life. He will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

Rest In Peace, Jack. We will always love you.


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