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Raymond “Ray” Burke

Ray, a native of Moncton N.B., passed away on October 29, 2023 at the age of 96 with his beloved wife Gisèle by his side. Gisèle described Ray as someone who maintained his sense of humor, independent spirit, and keen interest in the news until the very end. He had a deep love for his family, friends, and community. Ray lived a vibrant and eventful life, always seeking new experiences and considering himself blessed to have a long and active life. Despite his health issues, he remained optimistic and never complained, recognizing that others faced even greater challenges. One of Ray’s lifelong passions was journalism, and he pursued a successful career in radio, newspaper editing and publishing, and news reporting. He will be remembered for his iconic baritone and his dedication to delivering unbiased news. Ray also embraced numerous hobbies, such as amateur radio, flying planes, dancing, playing music, and building boats. He enjoyed traveling, outdoor activities, solving crossword puzzles, and entertaining his loved ones. Ray is survived by his wife, six children, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, extended family, and countless friends.

Ray’s varied career took him from Moncton to different parts of Canada and even the United States. Despite his travels, he always held his roots in New Brunswick close to his heart. He settled in Bathurst, where he became the proud father of eight children. After 42 years of marriage, Ray and Gisèle relocated to New Maryland and later returned to Moncton in 2020. This move brought back cherished memories of Ray’s childhood spent at Pointe-du-Chêne wharf and the beautiful east coast beaches.

The family expresses their deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and support staff at The Moncton Hospital and the Extra-Mural program – Driscoll unit, as well as Dr. Jules Melanson, Ray’s family physician, for their exceptional care. A memorial service celebrating Ray’s life will be held at Frenette Funeral Home and Cremation Centre in Moncton, with interment at Our Lady of Calvary cemetery in Dieppe. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Extra Mural Program, the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation, or a charity of one’s choice.

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