Joseph J. Burke, 72, of Northford, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 at his home.  Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey on April 30, 1942; son of the late Joseph and Hunter Patterson Burke.  He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy ('66)  and faithfully served his nation as a Surface Warfare  Officer during the Vietnam era. He continued his education achieving a JD from Loyola University of Chicago and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University  and worked as a business attorney and executive throughout his life. He was an active member of his church and local community, enjoyed spending time with his family, and was a friend of Bill. He is the beloved father of Kathleen (Scott) Mitic, Michael (Jennifer) Burke, Meghan (Dontrese) Brown and Bonnie (Will) Pan.  He is the brother of JoAnn Sheeky, Cynthia Worell and the late Bonnie Vendl, Mary Kinney and Patsy Best.  He is also survived by his former wife Carol Burke and eleven grandchildren.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave, Thursday morning at 9:30.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church, North Haven at 10:00.  Interment with full military honors will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Wallingford.  The visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Administration Medical Center, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516.