Edward Burke

Passed 09/28/2022


Obituary For Edward Burke

Edward Burke passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 28, 2022 at the age of 80. As he was told when he was young by his nanny “ The best way to go is : you go to bed and wake up dead” and that’s how he died.

Ed was a barber for many years. He owned and operated Purcells Barber Shop on Herring Cove road where his friends Moe and Norm still work.

Ed was known around Canada as a top tier Snooker player and won many trophies. In his youth he played the renown Canadian Champion George Chenier to a best of seven game challenge in four straight games in Montreal. He was well known around Halifax and Toronto and he could be found at the Cue and Cushion in Halifax where he and his best friend and brother Jimmy would compete with other patron’s. He appeared on CBC television with Ken Shea and performed some great trick shots. He performed at many events at Dalhousie University’s Student Union Bldg pool room promoting the game. Later in life he became a Buddhist and supported the Shambala Buddhist temple where you can make a donation in his name.

Eddy was a kind soul and took life as it came, he had many friends who would just drop by just to talk , into the wee hours of morning. He lived a long life and was loved by everyone who knew him. He loved sports and was a avid Toronto Raptors and Leafs fan.

He is predeceased by his parents Gerald and Agnes Burke, and his brothers Robert and Gerald.

He is survived by two sisters and four brothers. Patricia Rosborough, Donald, Wayne (Anne Marie), James, Judy (Pete) Dufour, David (Brenda), several nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Shambala, 2178 Gottingen St, Halifax NS B3K 3B4

Internment will be held 1pm Wednesday October 5, 2022 Gates of Heaven Cemetery Lower Sackville NS

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  • 02/03/2023

    I only recently found out about Ed's passing. My deepest sympathy to Ed's family, whom I never met, and to Moe and Norm, whom I did come to know. Ed was my barber for the better part of two decades, and as well we shared a connection to Buddhism. His kindness and caring, generosity and simplicity, were remarkable and an example for us all. Scott Wellenbach

  • 10/06/2022

    To Edward Burks's Family and friends and Moe and Norm so sorry for your loss Ed was the first one to cut my hair after my barber retired Norm looks after me now RIP my friend Bill Charlton

  • 10/05/2022

    Sincere condolence to Ed's family From Clara Purcell and family, Previous owners of Purcell &Son's Barber Shop

  • 10/04/2022

    I remember going to the barber shop and every time I was there in the summer he would be sitting outside in the sun with his chair and being a kid and even when I had kids, he always gave them candy before leaving the shop. I would go and shovel his driveway for him so he could rush off to the barber shop as well. He was so quiet and the nicest guy and he will be dearly missed. Christine Montani

  • 10/03/2022

    To the family....known Ed for.more.than 30 years ....worked.together for 20 plus ...he was a light ...a good barber ...a good friend ....a brother of sorts to ....wherever the afterlife has taken u will never be forgotten by the people you knew.or cut ...and you will never be forgotten by Norm or I ....I'm so have.known you and been your shop manager.for so long....RIP.....Mauro ' Moe the Mad Barber ' Montani and Norm Drake .....your friends forever....Purcells Barber Shop 2021

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