Mary Burke

Mary Patricia Burke (Kavanagh)

Saturday, September 15th, 1962 - Thursday, April 29th, 2021
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Burke, Mary Patricia --

Born in Dublin Ireland September 15th 1962 Mary Burke nee Kavanagh passed peacefully with her family beside her early morning of Thursday April 29th 2021 in her 58th year, too young to be lost to this world.
Mary was a loving wife to Ken and mother to her sons Ryan (Jessica Lausch), Michael, Kenneth and daughter Jessica. Beloved grandchildren Liam and Declan. Dear daughter of Mary and Mikey Kavanagh and cherished sisters Ellen, Anne, Patricia and Michelle. Mary will be deeply missed by all her many nieces and nephews in Canada, Ireland and the USA. Mary was raised in Ballyfermot, Dublin where she had many happy years growing up with her loving sisters and started her work life in E.D.I where she met her husband Ken and they were married on May 31st 1985. Mary emigrated to Canada in 1988, had her first child Ryan in 1989 and settled in Guelph in 1990 where the children were happily raised. Mary worked with Pidel Homes as well as Fusion homes where she worked up to recently before an absence for cancer treatment. She was adored by all who met her, she provided the same care and special attention to the many customers who purchased new homes from her. She was a force of nature, and she carried herself with unparalleled grace, wit and fortitude. Her smile, her laugh were honest and heartwarming, and she will be missed beyond words. Mary will be sorrowfully missed by her husband, children and sister Patricia.

Special thanks to Doctors Califaretti, Russak from the Grand River Cancer center, Doctors Ganesh and Spadafora from Guelph, the Doctors and nurses from the Guelph General Hospital, and finally a special thanks to Nurse Catrina Curtis from Bayshore who took care of Mary to the end of her life with her daily visits. All this loving care provided to Mary was most appreciated.

Resting at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph where a private family visitation will be held. A private family Funeral Mass will take place at the Basilica of Our Lady on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed through Zoom and a link is available through the funeral home website. Interment in Marymount Cemetery, Guelph.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul or to the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate would be appreciated by the family. Condolences and links available at
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  • Private Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 10:00am
    Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate
    28 Norfolk St.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

    Father Ian Duffy
  • Interment

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 |
    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
    Marymount Cemetery
    5400 Hwy. 6 N.,
    Guelph, ON N1H 6J2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private family committal service.


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Denise Tari

Posted at 11:27am
So very sorry to hear the news of Mary's passing. She will be greatly missed and always remembered. My deepest condolences to the family.

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Tim Nugent

Posted at 01:01pm
My deepest condolences to you and your family Ken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

- Tim Nugent

Susan Black

Posted at 07:17am
Hello Ken and family,
No words can express my sympathy for you but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Hoping you find comfort in the wonderful memories together. Please take care, Susan B

Kevin Smith

Posted at 02:58pm

I'm so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I know that words cannot begin to fill the gap in your life or those of your family, but do know that your many friends have you in their prayers, and that we will be there to offer you whatever support we can while you go through this difficult time. It might be trite to quote President Biden, but I truly believe that their will come a time when a smile will come to your lips before a tear comes to your eyes when you think of her. Until then, rely on your friends and family.

Diane Longato

Posted at 01:14pm
Ken, Ryan, Michael, Kenneth and Jessica
Steve and I were heartbroken to hear the news of Mary's passing. We have fond memories of Mary and your family from Borland Drive. We send our heartfelt condolences to you and hope her memories will be a blessing. Please know that you are in our thoughts during this most challenging time.
Diane, Steve, Adam, Nathan, and Madelyn Perry

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