Our prayers go out to the Burke family  Terry and family were instrumental in helping the horsemen on the backside at Suffolk.  Terry was a kind and generous individual to all.  He will be missed.



Terence M. “Terry” Burke Obituary

Terence M. “Terry” Burke

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, local businessperson.

ANDOVER, MA-Terence Michael Burke, 66, died Friday, May 31, at his home in Andover, MA, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Methuen, MA, on July 18, 1957, to Francis and Constance (Winn) Burke. Terry is survived by his wife of 38 years, Melissa (McCabe), who was his college sweetheart; his children, Patrick (Katey), Christopher (Natasha), Brendan, and Ava; and his beloved grandchildren, Amelia, Andrew, and Vivian.

He is predeceased by his parents, Francis and Constance of Salem, NH, and his cherished bird, Vinca. Despite living with prostate cancer for a decade, Terry was in excellent health until shortly before his passing. He attributed his good health and longevity to his healthcare providers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Richard Lee, MD, and Erika Meneely, CNP. His positive attitude was a beacon of light, inspiring those around him and showing that one can maintain a positive outlook even in the face of adversity.

Terry’s life was a testament to his unwavering dedication to his family, home, and work. Ultimately, his love for his family and friends truly defined him. The time spent with his beloved grandchildren gave him immense joy. His extended family and friends were not just people in his life; they were cherished deeply. His presence at any gathering made it fun and memorable. He was always ready to go the extra mile for others, a true reflection of his character.

As a third-generation owner of Dodge Grain Co. in Salem, NH, alongside his brother Frank, Terry’s leadership and tenacity guided the business for more than four decades. Terry took immense pride in working with his son Brendan, his niece Kelly, his nephew Buck, and his many loyal employees. His devoted customers appreciated his kindness and attentive service. He had a profound love for his work, finding fulfillment in being productive and contributing to the success of his business.

Terry was an outstanding athlete. He excelled in swimming, football, basketball, baseball, and track and field in his youth. He was a three-sport high school athlete named to numerous all-star teams and inducted into the inaugural Austin Preparatory School Athletic Hall of Fame for football. At Bates College, he was the captain of the football team. On the field, he was an intense competitor. When he stepped off the field, he was a quiet leader, a dedicated friend, and a gentle soul.

As an adult, he was an enthusiastic runner, completing many road races and marathons. He was disciplined about keeping fit, and his trips to the gym were a part of his daily regimen. He was also an ardent spectator of all sports. In particular, he loved watching the New England Patriots with family or friends. Watching his children engage and compete on the field was a source of immense pride for Terry. He was a keen observer and had a critical eye for the intricacies of sport.

As a lifelong gardener, Terry grew vegetables each summer and loved sharing his bounty with family and friends. He also kept bees and chickens, so visitors to his home never left empty-handed, whether with honey, eggs, or his tasty kosher dill pickles.

Terry Burke left a legacy of love and dedication that will be forever missed by all fortunate enough to know him. He is also survived by four brothers, two sisters, and twenty-three nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, Andover, MA, for calling hours on Friday, June 7, 2024, from 3 to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held later this summer.

For online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Terry’s memorial fund at https://because.massgeneral.org/terenceburke.

A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held later this summer.