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BEN BURKE (published on October 03, 2011)



BEN BURKE On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, Benjamin T. Burke passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospital, at the age of 88. Benge was born in Myzevitch, Poland on January 22, 1923. He was predeceased by his parents, Sarah and Max Burke, and his brother Matt. He will be remembered with love by his wife Lillian; his son Brian (partner Lisa); daughter Carol (Clifford) Levi; and his grandchildren, Kim, Jeremy, Danielle, Ivan, and Eric; as well as, his brother Morris (Eleanor), and his sister-in-law Belle. Benge came to Canada in 1926, with his parents and his older brother Matt. The family lived on Pritchard Avenue during Benge's childhood. He attended St. John's Tech and was president during his final year of high school. He joined the Air Force during The Second World War, and was stationed in Gaspé. After the war, he returned to Winnipeg and became a chartered accountant, working as senior partner in the accounting firm Burke, Newman, Cantor and Company, until his retirement in his early 80s. Benge was active in community and charitable organizations. He served as president of the Y.M.H.A. in the early 1970s. His friends and family will remember him for his kind and caring manner, his devotion to his family, and his sense of humour. He believed in honesty and integrity, hard work, and giving back to the community. He was an avid musician, playing trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone. He passed his passion for music on to his grandchildren, who he encouraged in their musical endeavours. In his youth, Benge excelled at baseball and soccer, playing in men's leagues in the 1940s. Golf was an integral part of his life and a common interest with his wife Lil. Funeral services were held on September 23 at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, with Rabbi Lawrence Pinsker officiating. His pallbearers were Morley Shatsky, Ted Lyons, Ken Levi, Marvin Meltzer, Eric Burke, and Jeremy Levi.


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